Contribution from Austin Aztex Media Relations and Lonestar Soccer Club
AUSTIN, Texas (January 8, 2014) — The Austin Aztex announced today that Paul Dalglish will join the coaching staff of Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake, winners of the 2009 MLS Cup and finalists in 2013. Dalglish will serve as an assistant coach under new head coach, Jeff Cassar. Dalglish also served as a coach for the Lonestar Soccer Club.
Lonestar SC Director of Select Soccer, Don Cameron, said, “This is a happy day for Lonestar SC . . . we work constantly to develop not just our players, but our coaches too. We haven’t lost Paul to MLS . . .we have helped [him] develop and now [he] takes on these wonderful opportunities and challenges.” Dalglish initially came to Austin as the face of Dynamo Juniors Central Texas, but quickly joined the Lonestar club. He most recently served as co-technical director of coaching for Lonestar, while also running the show as the Aztex boss.
“We would like to thank Paul for his tremendous work and extend our best wishes to Paul as he continues his journey,” Aztex co-owner David Markley said. “Paul is an outstanding coach with a passion for developing our squad to be great players on the field, and better men off of it.”
Dalglish took the reigns as head coach of the Austin Aztex for their inaugural 2012 season and compiled 26-8-4 record as head coach in two seasons across all competitions. Dalglish was named 2013 USL Premier Development League Coach of the Year when he helped the Aztex finish the season with one of the top records in the league and a goal differential of +30 during their championship run.
Markley added, “We have several strong candidates for the next head coach and are working to name the next coach within the next week. It is important for us to select a coach that is the perfect fit to continue growing the game locally, and who will continue the standard that has been established on and off the field by the organization.”
The Aztex return to the field in 2014 to begin their title defense in May. The league schedule will be released later this week. The Aztex will conduct their final tryouts with the Collegiate Trial on Saturday, March 15 and the Open/Community Trial on Sunday, March 16.