Head Coach: Paul Dalglish
AUSTIN, Texas (August 4, 2014) —The Austin Aztex announced today they have come to an agreement with Paul Dalglish as head coach and technical director of the team. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.
Dalglish, age 37, served as assistant coach under Jeff Cassar at Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake during their 2014 campaign and will begin his role with the Aztex starting mid-August.
Dalglish is a familiar coach for Aztex fans. Previously, Dalglish took the reins 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. Dalglish also identified talented players during his first two seasons with the Aztex, as eight squad players were drafted in the two previous MLS SuperDrafts.
“We are thrilled about Paul’s return to Austin,” said Aztex owner, Rene van de Zande. “He is very familiar with the Austin soccer landscape and we see in Paul a very talented and energetic coach with strong leadership capabilities. This made him the perfect fit for a franchise that has high ambitions in a fast growing market. Paul has soccer in his DNA and an ability to identify and work with young talent, another quality we were looking for in our coach. It is for these reasons we offered Paul a long term contract to give him the time to help us build the franchise and reach our short and long term goals.”
The Scottish-born Dalglish brings extensive experience as a professional player in Europe and the United States, having started his youth career with clubs Celtic FC in Scotland and Liverpool FC in England, continuing as a professional player in England, Scotland and the United States. In the US, Dalglish played for the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer and helped the club capture two consecutive MLS Cup victories in 2006 and 2007.
“My family and I are extremely excited to be coming back to Austin,” Dalglish said. “The challenge of leading the Aztex in their inaugural year in the professional ranks was one I couldn’t refuse. I will work tirelessly to help build a team that our supporters including Eberly’s Army and the City of Austin will be proud of, a team that will be willing to fight for their lives to defend the Aztex jersey whilst also playing the beautiful game in an attractive, exciting manner. I will be sad to leave the fantastic players and staff that have become friends behind in Salt Lake City. They have made me a better coach and a better person. Finally, I’d like to thank the ownership group at the Austin Aztex for putting their trust in me to lead the team and for providing me with the tools necessary to be successful.”
Assistant Coach: Manuel Buentello
Manuel Buentello has been named assistant coach under head coach Paul Dalglish for the inaugural 2015 USL PRO Austin Aztex season.
Buentello served as assistant coach of the Austin Aztex since the inaugural 2012 season. In the two seasons, the Aztex compiled a 26-8-4 record across all competitions, including the 2013 USL PDL Championship. Working closely under Paul Dalglish, Buentello is familiar with the organization’s philosophies and has built a strong rapport with the squad. As head coach of the Aztex in 2014, Buentello led the Aztex to a 11-2-1 record and home field advantage through the Southern Conference Championships.
Born in Matamoros, Mex., Buentello brings a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of Central Texas soccer to his new role with the Aztex. Buentello served as USSF Academy Director and staff coach at Classics Elite SA. His contribution to Austin soccer extends throughout his 20 years as coach and director with various clubs including Classics Elite, AU Capitals SC, Austin United Soccer Club, and most recently Georgetown Force, with whom he will continue to coach.