George Kuntz, a 28-year head coaching veteran, became the eighth head coach in Cal State Fullerton history on Dec. 16, 2013. Now heading into his third season at Cal State Fullerton, Kuntz had led the Titans to back-to-back Big West Tournament titles in his first two seasons while also earning their first South Divsion title in history during the 2015 campaign.
Kuntz came to Fullerton after serving 19 years as the men's head soccer coach at UC Irvine, turning the Anteaters into a perennial soccer power that have made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six years, winning four Big West Tournament championships (2008, 2009,2011, 2013) and three regular season titles (2008, 2010, 2011). Kuntz, a collegiate head coach for 28 years, was named the NSCAA/Adidas Far West Region Coach of the Year in (2006 and 2008) and has seen a number of players jump to the next level including 12 in Major League Soccer (MLS) and three on various U.S. National Teams.
After leading the Titans to their first Big West Tournament Championship in 2014, Kuntz led his 2015 squad to not only another Tournament title but to their first ever South Division regular season title. Kuntz led his team to the best overall and conference records since 2000 with an overall record of 13-8-1 while posting a 6-3-1 record in Big West play. The Titans opened up the 2015 season with their best non-conference record since 2011, posting five wins while taking on three NCAA Tournament teams in their nine game non-conference schedule. After winning the South Division title, Kuntz led the Titans back to a familiar place, the Big West Tournament Championship. After a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in double overtime to UC Santa Barbara earlier in the season, the Titans went back to Gaucho Stadium and left with the title in a 1-0 victory over the North Division Champs. Not only did the title lead the Titans to their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, the Titans hosted Santa Clara for their first hosting bid since 1996. Fullerton closed out the 2015 season shattering the school shutout record and placing seven Titans on the All-Conference squads.
After helping lead the Titans into the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014, Carlos Aguilar will enter his second year as an assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton under second-year head coach George Kuntz.
"Carlos brings a championship mentality to this program and will be a great mentor for our student-athletes during training, matches, and in the classroom," said Kuntz.
Aguilar completed his third season at UC Irvine as a volunteer assistant in 2013, helping guide the Anteaters to last season's NCAA Sweet 16 before dropping a 1-0 contest to Maryland. The Anteaters finished the season 15-5-3 overall, which was the second-highest win total in program history. Over his three seasons as an assistant coach, the Anteaters compiled a record of 36-25-5 (.583).
The Cal State Fullerton men's soccer has added former UC Riverside assistant coach Kyle Schmid to its coaching staff for the 2015 season, head coach George Kuntz announced on Thursday.
"Kyle is an excellent college coach that will add different qualities to our staff as a recruiter, tactician, and defensive specialist," said Kuntz. "He was a defender and really understands teaching individual, and team, defending by analyzing all aspects of the student-athletes. I was fortunate be able to coach him in college, and felt he always had a great understanding of the game and reading situations. He adds a very unique dimension to our staff having been involved with all four teams in the south division of the Big West. We are happy to welcome him to the Titan Family."
No stranger to the Big West Conference, Schmid has spent time at UC Irvine from 2005-2008 as a student-athlete, served as the director of operations at CSUN from 2010-11, and was a key part of the coaching staff at UC Riverside (2013-14) that won the 2014 Big West South Division Regular-Season Championship.
Volunteer Goalkeeper Coach
The Cal State Fullerton men's soccer team has added former Claremont Mudd-Scripps College assistant coach Jonathyn Lomeli to its coaching staff as the Head Goalkeeper coach.
Coach Lomeli comes to Fullerton after a two-year stint with the Claremont Mudd-Scripps College program where his main priority was working and developing the goalkeepers to elite standards.
Lomeli played four years at the University of La Verne from 2009-2013 where he holds record for most minutes played in career as a goalkeeper and is top 5 in school's shutout history. Lomeli also played in the U.S USL/PDL with the franchise Los Angeles Misioneros for three years where he made his debut on July 15, 2010 vs. So Cal Seahorses.
Director of Operations
Chip Fuller joins the Fullerton staff after compiling 20 years of coaching experience. For the past 15 years, Fuller has been an extremely successful staff coach for the Strikers FC soccer club in Irvine, Calif. - winning numerous League Championships with teams from U9 to U19. Currently, Chip is serving as a U.S. Soccer Development Academy coach (U18/U16).
From 2003 to 2006, Fuller was the Assistant Coach for Concordia University. Before Fuller's arrival, the Eagles had enjoyed just one winning season during their 16 years in the Golden State Athletic Conference, and they had never won a GSAC Championship. In fact, they had managed only 21 wins during those 16 years. In Fuller's 4 years with the program, Concordia boasted 27 victories and won two GSAC Championships.
In 2004, Coach Fuller was asked to overhaul the struggling six-team program at University High in Irvine, CA. In just six years, Fuller developed UNI into one of the most successful soccer programs in Orange County, CA. winning six Pacific Coast League Championships.