Dalton State College

Dalton State Roadrunners Athetics
650 College Dr Dalton, GA 30720
NAIA Georgia Southeast
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Saif Alsafeer

Saif Alsafeer was hired as the Director of Soccer on January 23, 2019. He came to Dalton State from his alma mater, Florida College, where he spent the previous five years leading the Falcons men's team. A new member of the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2018, the Falcons finished (11-2-4, 5-2-1 SSAC) and placed third in the regular season standings. The stellar season landed him the 2018 SSAC Coach of the Year award.

In his five seasons guiding the Falcons, Alsafeer accumulated a 66-16-4 record including two undefeated regular seasons (12-0 in 2017 and 14-0 in 2016). His 2017 squad scored a program best 72 goals, while allowing only three. He earned 2017 USCAA Coach of the Year as a result. Alsafeer has produced 12 Academic All-Americans, 10 All-Americans, and four USCAA All-Tournament team players.

In addition to coaching Florida College, he was the head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Marauders Football Club of the CSL-USA from ('16-'18). He also previously coached the U-16 Tampa Dynamo Soccer Club.

Before becoming a coach, Alsafeer was a four-year starter and captain for Florida College ('09-'12) and played semi-professionally for the Tampa Bay Marauders Football Club. During his time as a player for the Falcons he was a three-time USCAA Academic All-American and a three-time USCAA First Team All-American. He led Florida College to a USCAA Final Four appearance in 2011. With Tampa Bay FC, he was a First Team member while helping the Marauders to two Gulf Coast Cup championships.

Alsafeer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida College in 2013. In December of 2018, he completed his Master of Science degree in Soccer Coaching Education from Ohio University. The degree is the only one of its kind in the United States. He and his wife Sarah have one daughter, Leila (2), and are expecting their second daughter, Jordan, any day now.

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Nery Martinez

Nery Martinez joined the Dalton State soccer program in 2016 as a volunteer assistant and begins 2017 as one of Kerem Daser's top assistants.

A 2011 graduate of Dalton High School, Nery is excited about coaching collegiate soccer in her hometown. While in high school, she was selected to the All-Area Team as a junior (2010) and senior (2011). She was also All-Area Honorable Mention her sophomore season (2009).

Upon graduating from high school, Martinez signed to play collegiately at NCCAA Division II member Atlanta Christian College in East Point, Ga. Atlanta Christian would soon change their name to Point University and move their main campus to West Point, Ga.

During her freshman season, Martinez was named to the NCCAA D-II Women's Soccer All-Region First Team, while also being named to the All-Tournament Team, and Outstanding Offensive Player at the National Championships as Point finished their final NCCAA season as the national runner-up . She capped her stellar freshman season off with being named an NSCAA/Continental Tires NCCAA Division II First Team All-American.

At the beginning of her sophomore season, Nery would begin her three-year run as team captain. The Seahawks would struggle their first two years of NAIA competition but Nery continued to excel, scoring nine goals and seven assist.

In her senior season, Martinez scored five goals and added four assist for a four year total of 32 goals and 11 assist. She graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Child Youth Development and a Minor in Biblical Studies.

Since 2015, she has been been involved in the Dalton Public School System as a paraprofessional while beginning work on her Masters Degree in Special Education.

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Rury Alvarez

Rury Alvarez Born May 30, 1990 in Atlanta, GA. Son of Mirna and Juan Alvarez, brothers Erick, Walter, Martina, Kevin, and Anny.

He played traveling soccer for many clubs in the Atlanta Area. Played For Stone Mountain youth soccer association, Georgia Futbol Club, Tornadoes FC, West Gwinnett soccer association, Atlanta Silverbacks super Y-League, and Atlanta Fire. At Atlanta Fire United he participated in National League Red Bull, played R3PL, and played in the USSF Academy. After youth soccer Rury attended Georgia Perimeter College, he played under Marc Zagara and Allan Davie in the division 1 NJCAA.

As a freshman he attended the national tournament where they lost in penalty kicks to Tyler College in Texas. He made the National tournament All-Tournament Team. After his couple of years at GPC he tried playing overseas but it did not work out.

He signed with Atlanta Silverbacks for a short year before attending Dalton State Where he continued his education. Rury started every game, one of the top in assists and scoring. He received player of the week, All-Conference and All-Tournament Team. He played for Knoxville Force, a semi-pro team the participated in the NPSL League. Played for the force for two years.

Pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies. At first he started in youth coaching and he fell in love with it. Growing up he had amazing coaches that influenced his game in many ways. It made him want to coach more in order to pass on lessons he learned as a minor. He says it is a blessing to be able to coach and help a former team he played with.

Some of his other hobbies include; watching soccer, playing disc golf, and spending time with his family.

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