LINDSBORG — Bethany College men’s soccer coach Shane Taylor has a new right-hand man.
Jose Lopez has been named as the Swedes' new assistant coach.
"I would like to thank coach Shane Taylor and (Bethany AD) Dane Pavlovich for this opportunity to be part of such a great program and college,” Lopez said.
He played at Dakota Wesleyan University from 2009-2013. He was a team captain for two years and was part of the Leadership Council all four years. Lopez was part of a team that made back-to-back GPAC semifinal appearances for the first time in school history. He was honorable mention in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2011 and 2012.
In May of 2013, he was named head coach of the Mitchell Soccer Association and also the assistant coach for the Dakota Alliance Soccer Club. In addition, he became the head boys and girls soccer coach for the Dakotas Olympic Development Program. Lopez conducted tryouts and ran various soccer camps for SDSSA in local communities.
Lopez also was the assistant men's soccer coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, where he was involved in planning and monitoring training sessions. He supervised the strength and conditioning program, study tables and game-day preparations. He was in charge of away-game logistics, maintaining equipment, opposition scouting reports and video editing. Dakota Wesleyan had the longest winning streak in program history, its first winning season since 2005, the first win against a NAIA Top 25 program and the Tigers earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have Jose as our new assistant Bethany men's soccer coach,” Taylor said in a press release. “His work ethic, passion and personality can energize and develop any player or team. He will bring a new dimension to the program and we are delighted to have him aboard.”
Lopez has his National "D" License through the United States Soccer Federation, his National Diploma and Advanced National Diploma through the National Soccer Association of America. Lopez earned his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and his Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Policy from Dakota Wesleyan University.