Davis & Elkins College Director of Athletics Patrick Snively has announced the hiring of Alberto “Kiko” Magaña as Head Women’s Soccer Coach.
Magaña comes to D&E from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, where he was the women’s team’s first coach. In only four months of recruiting, Magaña was able to build a competitive 21-player roster for the Scotties’ inaugural season. Highland qualified for the postseason with a 5-5 conference record. Four of Magaña’s freshmen were named to all-conference selection and under his guidance the programs team maintained a GPA of above 3.0.
“I am extremely excited for Coach Magaña to get started coaching and leading our women’s soccer program,” Snively said. “He brings with him vision, enthusiasm, passion, and a proven track record of success in not only soccer, but in the development of young people.”
“I am very excited to be a part of the Senator Family! I want to thank the search committee; Coach Fracker, Coach Pomeroy, Mr. Snively and President Wood for providing me with this great opportunity and having confidence in me to continue the growth of the women’s soccer program. This is an incredible opportunity, a wonderful close-knit community with great academics and athletic potential to be extremely successful. I also want to thank Coach Johnson and Coach Matlick for creating the groundwork. I am eager to start working with the team and leading D&E women’s soccer moving forward.”
The women’s soccer program had previously been led by Dean Johnson, who held a director of soccer position and coached both the men and women. Coach Johnson will continue to lead the men’s program.
Prior to Highland, Magaña spent a season at NCAA Division II William Jewell in Liberty, Missouri, where he served as men’s and women’s assistant goalkeeper coach supporting player development. Magaña served as men’s assistant for one season at McPherson College in McPherson, Kansas, prior to his stop at William Jewell.
Magaña spent four seasons at his alma mater, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, where he served as head women’s coach. At Lees-McRae, Magaña coached eight all-Conference players, four all-Tournament players, and one Conference Player-of-the-Year. He also served on the NCAA Division II Soccer Regional Advisory Committee, as well as serving as an NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship Site Representative.
Magaña also had coaching opportunities at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington; first serving as an assistant men’s and women’s coach and then three seasons as head women’s coach. Program highlights under Magaña’s tutelage include a program record for goals scored in a season, a program record for shutouts, three NWAC All-Star players, and two players named to the NWAC All-Academic Team.
A graduate of Lees-McRae College, Magaña was a standout player on the nationally ranked Bobcats squad. In his senior season, Lees-McRae was regular season and conference tournament champions and enjoyed an NCAA Elite 8 Appearance and a Top 3 National ranking. He began his collegiate playing career at Iowa Central Community College where his teams were top 5 and top 15 nationally in each of his seasons played, respectively. Magaña’s overall collegiate playing record was 64-16-4.
Coach Magaña earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management from Lees-McRae.
He is married to Keri and the two will reside in Elkins.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT KIKO MAGAÑA:
“It was a privilege to work with Kiko during his time at Bellevue College. He worked with a tremendous amount of integrity and humility and created a strong and successful program through excellent recruitment.”
– Dan Lock, Head of Individual Development and Coaching, Columbus Crew
“It’s very pleasing to learn of Kiko’s hire at Davis & Elkins College. Kiko is a very hard-working, accountable young man who will lead that program with the upmost integrity.”
– Doug Quint, Head Coach, McPherson College