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Rafael Martinez

Rafael Martinez

Title

Head Men's Soccer Coach

Contact

641-844-5675
Rafael.Martinez@iavalley.edu

Location

Marshalltown Community College

Department

Athletics

Bio

Head coach Rafael Martinez (Cordoba, Spain) became MCC’s third head soccer coach in the spring of 2010. In his five years at the helm of the Tigers, Martinez has accumulated an overall record 59-31-4.

2014 proved to be another strong year in the win column for the Tigers as Martinez guided MCC to a 13-7-0 record, the fourth-straight year of at least 12 wins. MCC posted another second-place finish in the ICCAC with an 8-4-0 league mark. Despite a semifinal loss to Iowa Lakes Community College in the Region XI Tournament, the Tigers boasted a strong resume under Martinez. Juan Carrillo earned NJCAA Third-Team All-American honors, becoming the first player in program history to earn All-American recognition in consecutive years.

Eight members of the Tigers were named to the All-Region XI team, marking the fourth straight year MCC has placed at least six players on the All-Region squad. In addition, nine players earned All-Region XI Academic honors, including Carrillo who became the program’s second Academic All-American

Martinez guided the Tigers to their third-straight season of at least 12 wins in 2013 after the team posted a 14-4-1 record. MCC earned the No. 2 seed in the Division I Region XI Tournament after recording a 10-2 mark in league play. The Tigers appeared in 12 of the 13 weeks of the NJCAA Division I poll, reaching as high as No. 15.

Martinez coached his second All-American as freshman Juan Carrillo was named to the NJCAA Division I Second-Team in 2013. The Tigers also placed eight players on the All-Region XI team, including three first-team picks. Since 2010, Martinez has coached 22 All-Region XI selections with seven earning first-team honors.

After posting a 6-9 record in his initial year as head coach in 2010,  the Tigers improved to a 12-5-1 record in 2011 with a third-place finish in Region XI were ranked as high as No. 20 in the NJCAA Division I rankings. Martinez also led the team to win the Minnesota Classic Tournament, a competition that included junior colleges from all over the country.

Martinez’s head coaching career took off in 2012 as the Tigers advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in Albany, GA. MCC dropped its opening round game to eventual National Champion Tyler CC, but won its next game against Jefferson College. The Tigers finished fifth at the national tournament and were ranked No. 9 in the final Division I poll.

Sophomore defender Javier Lopez was named to the NSCAA Junior College Division I All-American Team following the 2012 season. All nine sophomores from the 2012 team received scholarships to play at four-year universities.

Prior to becoming the program’s head coach, Martinez served as the assistant coach for three years at MCC, including the 2007 season when the Tigers finished 3rd in the NJCAA National Tournament in Tyler, TX.

Martinez, a native of Cordoba, Spain has accumulated vast playing experience throughout his life. He started playing club soccer at age 9, when he was scouted by the coaching staff of Club Deportivo Alcazar. At age 19, he received the opportunity to compete at the amateur level with C.D. Miralbaida. After a very successful season, he was offered a spot at Seneca Club de Futbol, a club that competed at the semi-professional level in the southern part of Spain. During those years, Martinez was selected to represent his state in the National University Cup.

In 2004, he moved to the United States to play soccer at Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant). During his playing career with the IWC Tigers (2004-2006), he earned First-Team All-Conference honors and was named All-Conference Newcomer Player of the Year. He was named team captain and set school records both in season and career points and goals scored.

At Iowa Wesleyan, Martinez double majored in physical education and exercise science and wellness, graduating with honors in May of 2007. While in Spain, he graduated from the Universidad de Cordoba in 2003 with an elementary education degree. Martinez earned his master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University-Irvine in the summer of 2013.

Martinez also has head coaching experience at the club level with C.D. Alcazar, soccer schools like Seneca-Real Madrid C.F., boys and girls high school soccer in Columbus Junction and Marshalltown, and in several international soccer camps. Coach Martinez holds a “B” National Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation.

Martinez combines his coaching duties at MCC with teaching physical education at Marshalltown high school. He lives in Marshalltown with his wife, Ashley, and their three sons, Iker, Rafa, and Pablo.