University of Denver names Jose Arenas as Director of Men’s Soccer Operations
DENVER – The University of Denver men’s soccer program has named Jose Arenas its Director of Men’s Soccer Operations, head coach Jamie Franks announced on Monday.
“We’re really excited to add Jose to the organization,” Franks said. “We’ve known Jose for the past 7-8 years, and the one thing that sticks out is what an honest and hardworking guy he is. For our student-athletes to be able to be around him and learn from him is invaluable to our program. He will make the program better immediately with his passion and dedication to the sport.”
Arenas was a member of the Laramie County Community College (WY) men’s soccer coaching staff for nine seasons as an assistant coach. He joined the Golden Eagles staff at Laramie County after spending one season at McPherson College (KS).
During his time on staff at Laramie County, he helped lead the Golden Eagles to six regular season Region IX Championships, three Region IX Tournament Championships, a North Central District Championship and NJCAA National Tournament Final Four.
Arenas helped produce six Region IX Freshman of the Year award winners, three Region IX Players of the Year, seven Junior College All-Americans and was a part of two United Soccer Coaches Region Staffs of the Year.
The Cheyenne, Wyo., native played for Laramie County for two seasons before transferring to McPherson College (’11). As a player, he earned All-Conference honors at both programs and helped McPherson College reach the national tournament for the first time in school history in 2008.
Jose has his United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, coached youth teams for the Cheyenne Soccer Club and served as the Director of Coaching for the club. In 2016, he was named to the United Soccer Coaches “30 Under 30”.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Franks and his staff at the University of Denver,” Arenas said. “The drive the program has to develop leaders and getting student-athletes to be the best version of themselves is what I’m looking forward to. I’m excited and hungry to help the program continue to grow.”