KENNY JONES | HEAD COACH
Kenny Jones, who is a five-time ASC Coach of the Year and the longest tenured head coach at UT Tyler, led the Patriots to the conference's regular-season championship in 2015 and own an impressive overall record of 164-49-26 in 14 seasons.
A native of Conway, Ark., Jones has led the Patriots to double-digit wins in all but one season, two ASC East Division titles (2003, 2011), six American Southwest Conference Championships (2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015) and three NCAA championship tournament appearances (2008, 2010, 2011). He notched career win No. 100 on Oct. 17, 2009, picking up an impressive 7-1 victory at home over LeTourneau.
2013 was another standout year for Coach Jones and the Patriots, reaching the American Southwest Conference championship final before falling to Hardin-Simmons in overtime.
The Patriots finished the year with a 10-3-5 overall record, and a 7-2-1 conference mark. UT Tyler finished in the top-five in points, shots, goals, goals-per-game, and were second in goals allowed (.78 per game).
Jones helped coach Enoch Shipman to Second Team All-American honors, three All-Region nods and six All-Conference perfomers.
In 2012, the Patriots welcomed a host of newcomers to the team, mixed with a solid group of returning players. UT Tyler finished in third-place in the ASC east, and qualified for the ASC tournament for the third straight season, and the fifth time in six seasons.
Six players were named All-ASC performers, including Chris Powell, who was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete after excelling on the pitch and in the classroom.
The 2011 season was the most successful season yet as the team finished with a 18-3-2 overall record and a 10-1-1 record in the ASC. The Patriots won the conference's regular season championship as well as the ASC tournament at year's end. UT Tyler made its third NCAA tournament in history, advancing all the way to the National Quarter-finals before falling to Calvin, 3-2 in double-overtime. Seven of Coach Jones' players were named to the All-Conference team, while Jake Urbaniak and Victor Almendariz were honored as first team All-Americans. Urbaniak was also named the D3Soccer.com National Defender of the Year.
In 2010, UT Tyler powered its way to a 13-3-2 overall record and a 9-2-1 mark in the ASC. The Patriots won the conference's regular season championship as well as the ASC tournament at year's end. Advancing to their second NCAA tournament, UT Tyler scored a 1-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the first round before falling to No. 1 Trinity on penalty kicks.
In 2009, the Patriots finished with a 6-7-4 overall record behind a very young but talented roster. After starting the year just 2-6-3 with five of six losses by one goal, UT Tyler closed out the 2009 season on a high note with a 4-1-1 mark to place seventh in the league.
In 2008, the Patriots won their third ASC regular-season title in four years and won their first-ever ASC Tournament title. UT Tyler went on to the NCAA Tournament where they easily dispatched Jones' former team, the University of Dallas, before falling to No. 1 and then undefeated Trinity (Texas). The win over Dallas marked the first-ever NCAA win for an ASC team.
Six years earlier, UT Tyler finished its inaugural 2002 season at 13-5-2, then rewarded the University with its first and only United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship to date a year later.
During the championship run, Jones led UT Tyler to an undefeated ASC East Division Championship, near-perfect 19-1 mark and the top seed in the national tournament. The Patriots lived up to their top billing, beating second-seeded Maine-Machias 5-0 to claim the University’s first and only national championship. He was later named ASC and USCAA Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming UT Tyler’s first soccer coach, Jones was the head coach at the University of Dallas where he compiled a 23-26-6 record in three seasons. He led the Crusaders to their first winning season in 11 years in 2001 and held the University’s records for wins and winning percentage in both a season and over a career.
Jones played soccer for Hendrix College, where he led the team in scoring and was a three-time selection to the All-SCAC Team. His senior year, he was honored as the college's Most Outstanding Male Athlete and went on to play semi-professionally in the USISL for the Arkansas A's. Ironically, his first game and victory as head coach of the Patriots came against Hendrix College.
Jones holds his masters in social work from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and bachelor of liberal arts in psychology from Hendrix College. He currently holds a US Soccer National “A” license, and also a US Soccer National Youth License. He is a member of the North Texas Coaching Education Staff and a staff coach for the North Texas Olympic Development Staff.
JOEY PETRICH | ASSISTANT COACH
Joey Petrich is entering his second season as the UT Tyler men's soccer assistant coach for a Patriot program which is coming off its sixth American Southwest Conference regular-season championship.
An Elk River, Minnesota native, Petrich was a goalkeeper at Saint Mary’s University where he recorded 135 career saves in his four seasons in Winona, Minnesota. A two-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference selection, Petrich is coming off working as an assistant coach at Concordia College (MN) where his main coaching focus was on training goalkeepers.
“I am looking forward to joining a program that has a great reputation throughout the country,” Petrich said. “Having the chance to learn and develop under a veteran coach of Coach Jones’ quality is an amazing opportunity that I am blessed to have. I think that my academic and playing experiences have helped me to ensure men’s soccer players at UT Tyler succeed on the field, but most importantly in the classroom.”
Along with coaching at Concordia last season, Petrich has gained leadership experience as a club coach where he coached the Northern Lights Soccer Club from 2011-13 and was the head goalkeeper trainer for the Tri-City Soccer Club last year. His coaching resume also includes a USSF National E License and NSCAA Levels 1-3 Goalkeeper diplomas.
In addition to his playing and coaching experience, he graduated Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s in the Spring of 2015 with a degree in psychology and interned with a sports psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.