ARTHUR SALAZAR enters his ninth year as head coach for the Our Lady of the Lake University women’s soccer team after being an assistant coach from 2008-2012. This year, he adds head coaching duties for the men's team. The Robert E. Lee High School graduate and San Antonio native received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from OLLU in the spring of 2011.
The Saints played their 2020 season in the spring of 2021 and captured the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular-season title after finishing with a perfect 7-0 record. They narrowly lost the tournament title - their only loss of the season - 1-0 against LSU-Shreveport to finish the season with an 11-1 record. Dawson Brinkly and Mikaela Gilbert earned Academic All-District Awards, while Baye Polansky won Conference Offensive Player of the Year and Deanna Tarango won Defensive Player of the Year. Joining both on the All-Conference Team were Madison Herrera, Jaylin Seto and Yolanda Vazquez. On the second team were Kyleigh Spree-Kolos, Sophia Mora and Erika Zapata. The Champions of Character winner was Rachel Dziuba. Salazar also earned Coach of the Year.
During the 2019 season, Salazar led the Saints to a 13-3-1 overall record and only lost one game in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) during the regular season for an 8-1 mark and a conference regular-season title. The Saints won the RRAC Tournament for the fifth time in program history.
In 2018, the Saints qualified for the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Championship Tournament and ended their season with a 12-5-1 overall record and 8-2 in the conference. Dawson Brinkley was named an NAIA All-America, and she received RRAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. She was named to the First Team, while Brooke Cousins and Mikaela Gilbert were named to the Second Team and Baye Polansky and Erika Zapata were named to the Honorable Mention Team. The team also earned its fifth USC Team Academic Award and fifth NAIA Scholar Team award.
In 2017, the Saints ended their season with a 6-10 overall and 4-6 conference record. Erica Robertson and Maggie Miller were named to the All-Conference Team, while Miller and Brooke Cousins received NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. The team also earned its fourth USC Team Academic Award and fourth NAIA Scholar Team award.
In 2016, Salazar's team earned their fourth Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular season and tournament title after going 9-0. They qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament and lost in the first round 0-1 against Baker University. They ended their season with an overall 17-3-1 record.
The team earned back-to-back NAIA Scholar Team awards and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic awards. They were the university's top-rated team in GPA.
Gabriela Lopez and Hayley Tiernay earned NAIA All-American and NSCAA All-American honors, and Lopez was named the RRAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Tiernay received Offensive Player of the Year honors. Both, along with Amaris Tavares, received NSCAA All-Southwest Region awards.
Daniela Colina, Pauline Fields, Lopez, Maggie Miller, and Katherine Murtagh-Huerta earned NSCAA Scholar All-South Region First Team awards, while Madison Raines and Yesenia Martinez earned Second Team awards. Brooke Cousins received the CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American awards.
Receiving All-Conference honors were First-Team - Lopez, Murtagh-Huerta, Tavares and Tiernay and Second-Team - Jackie Lambarida, Miller and Erica Robertson. All-Tournament recipients were Lopez, Miller, Murtagh-Huerta and Tavares. Salazar received his second Coach of the Year award (first was in 2013).
RRAC Scholar-Athletes were Elise Acosta, Victoria Castro, Daniela Colina, Gabriela Colina, Ruby Coronado, Brooke Cousins, Pauline Fields, Madison Garvin, Maryssa Garza, Amber Hadfield, Jackie Lambarida, Gabriela Lopez, Brandi Lugo, Yesenia Martinez, Maggie Miller, Katherine Murtagh-Huerta, Sophia Perez, Madison Raines, Amaris Tavares and Hayley Tiernay.
In 2015, Salazar's team earned their third RRAC regular season and tournament title after going 7-0-1. They qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament and lost in the first round 4-5 in penalty kicks against Kansas Wesleyan University. They ended their season with an overall 14-4-2 record.
Stephania Vazquez earned NAIA All-American honors and was named the RRAC Offensive Player of the Year. Erika Thompson was named RRAC Defensive Player of the Year. She also received NAIA Scholar-Athlete, RRAC Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Thompson was named OLLU's Big Blue Top Saint for 2016.
Other players excelling last season include All-Conference honorees -- Gabriela Lopez, Teegan Luckemeyer, Maggie Miller, Amanda Olson, Brandy Salazar, Amaris Tavaris; All-Tournament honorees Lopez, Luckemeyer, Miller; RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition -- Daniela Colina, Gabriela Colina, Brooke Cousins, Cynthia Duke, Pauline Fields, Dulcie Gomez, Jackie Lambarida, Lopez, Luckemeyer, Yesenia Martinez, Miller, Katherine Murtagh-Huerta, Olson, Sophia Perez, Madison Raines, Tavaris, Tiernay, Vazquez, Alissa Villarreal; NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition -- Colina, Colina, Gomez, Lopez, Luckemeyer, Huerta; CoSIDA Academic All-District -- Thompson, Luckemeyer.
In his second year as head coach, Salazar's team repeated as RRAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions. The 2014 team finished with an 8-1 conference record and a berth to its second national tournament championship. The Saints repeated a first-round loss to William Carey University 1-0 and ended their season with an overall 13-8 record.
In his first season as head coach, Salazar led the 2013 team to its best season winning the RRAC regular season and tournament titles finishing with a 16-3-1 record. The team qualified for the NAIA National Women’s Soccer Championships, where they lost in the first round to William Carey, 1-0. Salazar was named the RRAC Coach of the Year.
The Saints have had nine consecutive winning seasons and have made eight trips to the RRAC Tournament. Since the beginning of the program in 2008, the team has accumulated an overall record of 117-46-10.
Before joining the coaching staff at OLLU, Salazar played for the men’s team during its inaugural season in 2007 and served as captain. His coaching experience includes positions as goalkeeper coach for Trinity University and the University of the Incarnate Word as well as Central Catholic High School.
Salazar currently holds USSF C, NSCAA Advanced Regional and NSCAA National Goalkeeping licenses.
He and his wife, Colleen, are parents to Aidan and Kyle.
|1||Tess Pitcher||SO||GK||5-6||San Antonio, Texas||Winston Churchill High School|
|2||Kyleigh Spree-Kolos||SO||F||5-7||Victoria, Texas||Victoria East High School|
|3||Riley Perez||JR||MF||5-3||El Paso, Texas||El Dorado High School|
|4||Dusty Van Huss||FR||D||5-6||Brownwood, Texas||Brownwood High School|
|5||Ambree Rheinberger||JR||CB||5-7||San Antonio, Texas||Churchill High School|
|6||Madison Herrera||JR||D||5-3||Helotes, Texas||O'Connor High School|
|7||Lyndee Rheinberger||FR||MF||5-5||San Antonio, Texas||Churchill High School|
|8||Liliana Briseno||SR||CMF||5-0||San Antonio, Texas||East Central High School|
|9||Sophia Mora||SR||D||5-3||San Antonio, Texas||Incarnate Word High School|
|10||Dawson Brinkley||SR||F||5-5||San Antonio, Texas||Alamo Heights High School|
|11||Rachel Dziuba||SO||CMF||5-2||Germantown, Md.||Smithson Valley High School|
|12||Irania Acosta||JR||MF||5-7||El Paso, Texas||El Dorado HS/Sam Houston State|
|13||Jaylin Seto||SR||MF||5-6||Houston, Texas||Gregory Portland High School|
|14||Haley Smith||JR||F||5-6||Spring Branch, Texas||Smithson Valley High School|
|15||Brianna Yanez||JR||MF/F||5-2||Portland, Texas||Gregory Portland High School|
|16||Samantha Benne||SO||D/MF||5-6||San Antonio, Texas||Reagan High School|
|17||Olivia Eagleson||SR||D||5-5||El Paso, Texas||El Dorado High School|
|18||Sarah Miles||JR||MF||5-4||Helotes, Texas||O'Connor High School|
|19||Samantha Nava||SO||D||5-0||San Antonio, Texas||James Madison High School|
|20||Deanna Tarango||SO||D||5-7||El Paso, Texas||El Dorado High School|
|21||Melanie DeLuna||JR||D||5-1||San Antonio, Texas||Brennan High School|
|22||Ijayla Criswell||SO||D||5-6||San Antonio||Taft High School|
|24||Erika Zapata||SR||D||5-2||Baytown, Texas||Ross S. Sterling High School|
|25||Emily Morin||JR||MF||5-9||McAllen, Texas||Nikki Rowe High School|
|26||Jessica Zapata||SR||OB||5-2||Baytown, Texas||Ross S. Sterling High School|
|27||Kaylyn Morales||FR||MF||5-5||San Antonio, Texas||James Madison High School|
|28||Kaelyn Carnahan||SR||F||5-8||Chandler, Ariz.||Johnson HS/Prairie View A&M University|
|29||Ez Valles||SO||F||5-4||El Paso, Texas||El Dorado High School|
|30||Abigail Payne||SO||D||5-6||El Paso, Texas||Bel Air High School|
|31||Haven Ortiz||FR||D||5-4||El Paso, Texas||Pebble Hill High School|
|99||Samantha Valadez||FR||GK||5-8||Kingwood, Texas||Kingwood Park High School|
|0||Nallely Infante||JR||GK||5-3||Houston, Texas||Cypress Ridge High School|