Arthur Salazar joined the OLLU Athletic Department as soccer assistant coach in the summer of 2008. The Robert E. Lee High School graduate and San Antonio native received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology at OLLU in the spring of 2011.
Salazar played for the OLLU Saints during its inaugural season in 2007 as the team's goal keeper and captain. He enjoyed being a part of a group of young men who were eager to learn and driven to succeed. The group did extremely well and set a high standard, proving that the OLLU soccer program will be competitive for years to come.
He enters his fifth year as assistant to OLLU's women's soccer team. The Lady Saints have had four straight winning seasons with the help of Salazar. The Lady Saints have also made consecutive trips to the Red River Athletic Conference Championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but have yet to be crowned champions.
Salazar has coached club soccer for eight years and has had part-time assistant coaching positions at Trinity University, the University of the Incarnate Word and Central Catholic High School. His interest in soccer began at an early age, when his parents played the sport. He started playing competitive soccer at age 10 and continued through high school.
What he likes best about being a coach is the interaction and connection with individuals that creates a bond.
Salazar married in 2011, and he and his wife are expecting a child in the fall of 2012. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching television and playing a variety of sports. His favorite sport is soccer, team is Manchester United and player is Eric Cantona.
Both Salazar and head soccer coach Shane Hurley also coach for the Classics Elite Soccer Academy youth club in San Antonio. Salazar also works for the South Texas division of the United States Olympic Development Program.
Salazar likes the close-knit atmosphere at OLLU and its faculty members who express a genuine interest in the students.
Jonathan Williams coached for Swansea City FC (English Premier League) from the age of 18 and progressed into the Centre of Excellence while gaining coaching licenses. After moving to England to pursue higher education, he was on the coaching staff with Birmingham City and Leicester City (English Championship) working with the youth development program. After completing his degree, Williams moved to the U.S. to continue his coaching education. He coached for British Soccer as a club trainer for five years, which was spent in Minnesota coaching club and high school, in Rhode Island coaching club, in Massachusetts coaching club, and finally in San Antonio. He directed soccer camps for more than five years with British Soccer. After leaving British Soccer, Williams joined SA United coaching U18 Boys, New Braunfels Rapids with the U12 Lady Rapids, and Boys Academy, DFW Tornados U13 Girls and U15 Boys.
Williams currently work at Classic Elite Soccer Academy with the Pre Academy and USSF Development Academy. Williams is also the Graduate Assistant for both men's and women's soccer teams at Our Lady of the Lake University helping both teams to a successful season. In Williams' first season at OLLU, the women's team finished 8-1 in the conference, and narrowly missed out on a tournament final place in extra time to a golden goal. The men reached the semifinal tournament losing to the conference and tournament winners. Williams is always looking to develop his coaching and is a real student of the game. He currently holds his USSF "A" UEFA "B" Licenses.
Playing Background: Williams played in the Swansea City Youth Team (English Premier League). After being released, he played semi-professionally for Llanelli AFC (Welsh Premier League). During that time he was selected to play for Welsh Colleges playing against Australia and South Africa. He played at a semi-professional level at Worcester City (Conference North), Thurrock FC (Conference South). While pursuing his education, he was player/coach and started all the three years at the University of Worcester and captained the team for two years to two regional championships and ranked ninth in BUSA. Williams was selected to play for Midlands Representative Universities for two years running and captained the team in his final year. He was then selected for the England Universities squad to play in a tournament against all the home nations (Wales, Scotland and Ireland), which the team won. After coming to the U.S., Williams played for the Minnesota Thunder practice squad (USL-1), and Rhode Island Stingrays (PDL) before pursuing coaching fulltime.
Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Sciences from the University of Worcester in Worcestershire, England; an Associate of Science in Sports Studies and an Associate of Arts in Leisure and Tourism from Gorsienon College in Swansea, Wales. He is currently a student at OLLU pursuing a master's degree in nonprofit management.
Williams is a native of Aberystwyth, Wales. He is married, and he and his wife are expecting a child this summer.
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