Tony Minatta Named SFA Women’s Soccer Head Coach

first_imgCourtesy of SFA Athletics Media RelationsNACOGDOCHES, Texas – SFA Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey has announced the hiring of Tony Minatta as the new Ladyjacks head soccer coach. The buzz around the NCAA soccer community”I have a ton of respect for Tony and how he runs his teams with great integrity. During his time in the Big 12 you always knew his teams would be ready to play and battle for 90 minutes. I am excited for him and it’s a great hire for SFA.”- Paul Jobson, Baylor Head Coach Minatta takes over the SFA program after a six-year stint as the head coach at Iowa State.Statement from SFA AD, Ryan Ivey”After an extensive national search, Tony quickly became our top target. He’s a great fit for the Nacogdoches community and our institution as we continue to strive to be the leading mid-major athletics department.” Statement from Tony Minatta”I would like to thank Dr. Scott Gordan, Athletic Director Ryan Ivey, and the search committee for providing me with this incredible opportunity. I am very inspired by the vision that Ryan Ivey has for SFA athletics, as well as the winning tradition and foundation that has been built with the women’s soccer program. I have followed the Ladyjacks soccer program from a distance since joining collegiate coaching, having Wally continue to serve as a mentor will be invaluable in continuing to move the program forward.  I cannot wait to get working with Ashley, Chance, JD, the rest of the staff, the athletic department and most importantly the incredible student athletes that are a part of the program. I look forward to embracing the Nacogdoches community and working hard to have the women’s soccer program represent SFA in a positive way both on and off the field.” “Tony has such integrity and drive in everything he does. I have no doubt that he will impact the players and program in a big way.”- Bryan Blitz, Missouri Head Coach “SFA has made a great hire in Tony Minatta to lead its women’s soccer program. He is a grinder who has recruited and coached at the highest levels of college soccer. More importantly, Tony knows how to treat and motivate the student-athletes in his program to be their best. He is well respected in the soccer community for how he runs his program and will push SFA soccer to even higher levels on success on and off the field.”- Danny Sanchez, Colorado Head Coach “I’m so happy for Tony to be chosen as the new leader of Lumberjack women’s soccer. His passion and investment towards his players and their development as people is second only to his joy for the game of soccer and life. It’s that infectious personality that will be recognized very quickly by his players and create a supportive, collaborative culture almost immediately. I wish he and the program all the success. “- David Diianni, Iowa Head Coach “What a great hire for SFA Soccer! Tony Minatta’s experience recruiting the top-level players and his high tactical soccer IQ will be a tremendous asset for this program. This is a statement hire for SFA as to their support of Women’s Soccer to go out and get a coach of Tony’s caliber!”- Tom Stone, Texas Tech Head Coach “Tony is a tremendous hire for SFA!  He is an excellent teacher of the game who is passionate about providing his players a first-class experience. He is also a man of high character who is a great leader. I look forward to watching him lead SFA to new heights.”- Karen Hoppa, Auburn Head Coachlast_img read more