Dalton State College

Dalton State Roadrunners Athetics
650 College Dr Dalton, GA 30720
NAIA Georgia Southeast
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Kerem Daser

Kerem Daser started the soccer program at Dalton State in 2015. In addition to holding numerous camps and clinics, he has fielded a men's team that made the SSAC playoffs in 2015 after going 11-7-1 during the regular season. For his efforts he was voted conference Coach of the Year by his peers.

Daser is a 1995 graduate of Wake Forest University. He began his soccer coaching career at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where his team appeared in the NCAA Division III national title game in his only season.

Daser was hired as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He then coached 14 years at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He was the Panthers’ head coach for 11 of those years. He was Atlantic Sun coach of the year in 2000 and he was the winningest coach in the conference during the Panthers’ time in the Atlantic Sun. His Georgia State teams were ranked in the South regions’ top 10 for four of his first five years.

Daser moved to Dalton State from Georgia Military College in 2015. He led the men’s and women’s soccer programs and was the conference coach of the year in 2011. His 2013 men’s team had the best record in the country and he was named as South Region coach of the year.

Daser has a tremendous amount of experience working with elite players throughout the Southeast. He coached the Georgia Amateur Olympic Development team from 2002 and 2004 and has over 19 years of experience coaching Olympic Development players in North Carolina and Georgia. He has coached and mentored World Cup players including United States captain Clint Dempsey.

"I am recruiting high level athletes who possess academic and athletic credentials needed to excel in athletics and in life," Coach Daser said. "My goal is to have us at the top of the SSAC and to compete for NAIA titles."

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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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Bruce Holt

Bruce joins the Dalton State staff in 2017 and brings 17+ years of soccer expericence, including 11 years of competitive playing experience at the Olympic Development Program, club, collegiate, and high school levels.

Holt came out of Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga. as one of the top players in the country. He was a four-year starter for the Gladiators who won the 1999 Georgia AAAA State Soccer Championship with a 19-0 record. The 1999 Gladiators were also ranked #1 in the nation by USA Today.

Recruited heavily by many of the top NCAA Division I programs such as Clemson, UConn, and Georgia State, Holt would select to play collegiately at Furman who finished #3 in the country in 1999.

In his freshman season with the Paladins, Holt would play in eight games and record four shots. Looking for more playing time, he would transfer to Georgia State for his final three seasons.

While a top player on the pitch, he is well accomplished off, holding a B.S. and M.A. in Economics, both from Georgia State. He was also the recipient of the Excellence in Microeconomics Award from Georgia State.

In 2010, Holt broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant to current Dalton State soccer coach Kerem Daser at Georgia Military College.

He has spent the last five years as Adjunct Instructor in Economics at Georgia Military College and Brenau University while also operating his own business in the Atlanta area.

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