Alejandro "Alex" Aldaz begins his second year as an assistant coach at Xavier.
Two years ago, Aldaz served as assistant coach on Dave Schureck's staff at the University of Dayton during the 2004 season and helped lead the Flyers to an 11-7-1 overall record including an 8-3-0 mark and a runner-up finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
"Alex is a tremendous recruiter and a very detail-oriented coach," says Schureck. "He has an excellent understanding of the technical and strategic aspects of the game, but is also the type of person that truly enjoys teaching student-athletes and, as I saw from working with Alex for the last two years, our student-athletes truly enjoyed being around him. I believe Alex is a tremendous addition to the staff who will help us recruit the type of player and individual we will need to take Xavier Soccer to the next level."
While at Dayton, Aldaz was responsible for much of the recruiting efforts for the Flyers and was integral in planning training sessions and match analysis. He was also the team liaison for the NCAA compliance coordinator and athletic academic advisor at UD.
Prior to his stint at Dayton, Aldaz was an assistant coach at the University of Redlands, a Division III institution in Redlands, Calif. In his two years at Redlands, Aldaz was responsible for the recruitment and retention of student-athletes and for scouting opponents. Aldaz also monitored the year-round academic progress of student-athletes.
Aldaz enjoyed a considerable amount of success at Redlands as the Bulldogs boasted a two-year record of 36-4-2 and finished ranked in the top-11 nationally in both 2002 and 2003. The Bulldogs also won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in each of his two seasons.
Prior to his two-year stretch at Redlands, Aldaz was the assistant coach at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas during the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Aldaz began his coaching career in 1998 as the Premier Level youth soccer coach for the Austin Flyers Soccer Club in Austin, Texas, where he was responsible for training and coaching nationally-ranked boys' soccer teams from U-11 to U-19.
Aldaz earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas in 2001 and a master's degree in education from the University of Redlands in 2004. Additionally, he is fluent in both Spanish and English and speaks some Italian.