HEAD COACH TONY MINATTA
Tony Minatta was named the fifth head coach in Iowa State soccer history in December of 2013 after leading the Iowa State soccer team during its first Big 12 Tournament appearance since 2007 as the interim head coach.
Minatta, who served as an assistant coach at Iowa State the past two seasons, helped return Cyclone soccer to the Big 12 Tournament with a fourth-place conference finish, the highest for ISU since 2007. Iowa State finished the 2013 season in the top five in the Big 12 in shots (289), assists (25), assists per game (1.25), saves (93) and shutouts (7). In his first year on staff, Minatta guided the Cyclones to their first 10-win season since 2005 and the second-most goals scored (37) in a season in program history.
Minatta came to Iowa State after serving as the assistant director of coaching at the Fort Collins (Colo.) Soccer Club since 2005. During his time with the Fort Collins Soccer Club, Minatta oversaw 16 girls’ teams that ranged from the under-11 to under-19 age groups. The Fort Collins, Colo., native also coordinated his players' efforts to be recruited by college soccer programs and helped nearly 40 players earn spots on NCAA rosters. Seven of the current players on the Iowa State soccer team played club soccer under Minatta’s tutelage, including five starters on the 2013 team.
Minatta continued his coaching education in the spring of 2013 when he travelled to Italy as a part of the U.S. Soccer international workshop. While in Italy, Minatta learned from coaches from AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Lazio and the Italian national team.
Minatta coached three Colorado State Cup championship squads and eight finalists. He led his Under-19 team to the 2011 regional title and a berth in the finals at the national championship that year.
In addition to his vast knowledge at the club level, Minatta has a wealth of experience coaching for the Colorado Olympic Development Program (ODP). Minatta was the head coach for seven Colorado state girls' teams during his five years as a part of ODP and was a member of the Region 4 coaching staff from 2010-11.
Minatta earned his United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A License in 2009 and also boasts a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) International Premier Diploma and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Minatta served in the United States Marine Corps from 1993-1996 where he was a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal and attained the rank of sergeant. He earned the Navy Achievement Medal for his outstanding leadership during a 1996 overseas deployment.
Minatta is not the only member of his family with soccer expertise. His father, Al, is a member of the Colorado Youth Soccer Hall of Fame. The soccer complex at the Fort Collins Soccer Club is named after the Minatta family.
Minatta graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in English.