DCCC Women's Soccer: National Champion Coach Chosen to Takeover Women’s Soccer Program
The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Javier Holguin to become the next head coach of the Conquistador Women's Soccer program.
Holguin comes to Dodge City after spending the previous 10 years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, where he worked with the men's soccer program.
Prior to Holguin's arrival at PCC, the men's soccer program was one that always garnered national respect but had never quite reached elite status.
Holguin was hired as a volunteer assistant in 2011, promoted to Assistant Coach in 2014 and then Associate Head Coach in 2016, playing a major role in propelling the program to the next level along the way.
"I would like to thank Dodge City Community College and the hiring committee for giving me this wonderful opportunity," said Holguin. "I am excited to get on campus to start the job of making the women's soccer program the best it can be. I truly believe the program has everything it needs to compete in a very difficult league and I'm looking forward to the challenge!"
During his time at Pima, Holguin helped guide the program to new heights alongside head coach David Cosgrove. The pair pushed the program into the NJCAA National Tournament seven times (2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021), a feat that had only been done twice (1988, 1999) in the program's history before-hand.
In 2018, Pima won the National Tournament defeating Conquistador KJCCC foe Barton Community College in the national championship.
"Javier has recruited and brought in some of the best players in Pima soccer history," said Holguin's former boss and Pima Community College head soccer coach David Cosgrove. "When he first joined my staff in 2011, Javier's job description was very basic and generic but due to his excellent performance and knowledge, his role grew substantially and Pima College Men's Soccer benefitted dramatically from his involvement.
"Since his hiring, his work has helped our program go from a Top-20 program to a Top-3 program."
In addition to the 2018 National Championship, Pima were also semi-finalists in 2015 and 2017.
Since 2011, they've been NJCAA Region I Champions five times, NJCAA West District Champions four times, Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Champions three times, and the staff was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Coaching Staff of the Year in 2018.
With Holguin as the head recruiter, the program has had an NJCAA All-American every year since 2015 with six in total during that time.
"Javier really came to the top in our interview process," said DCCC athletic director Jake Ripple. "He has been a key part of an outstanding program at Pima, so he is very prepared to lead a successful program. His energy and attention to detail was evident to all of the committee, which made him a great choice to lead Conquistador women's soccer moving forward."
A native of Arizona, Holguin courted offers to play NCAA Division I soccer out high school but opted to stay in state and be a student at the University of Arizona.
After graduating in 2009, he decided to scratch his soccer itch by coaching with Tanque Verde Soccer Club and FC Tucson Youth Club before joining the Pima Community College staff in 2011.