AZUSA, Calif. – Azusa Pacific University named Dave Blomquist the new men’s soccer head coach Wednesday afternoon, elevating the 3-year assistant to the head coaching position following the departure of 8-year Cougar head coach Phil Wolf, who resigned May 4 to take a coaching position with NCAA Division I power Southern Methodist.
“We wanted to find the best possible candidate to carry on the proud tradition of Azusa Pacific men’s soccer,” Azusa Pacific Director of Athletics Bill Odell said. “As an assistant, Dave has already had a profound impact on the men’s soccer program, and we are thrilled to be able to give him the opportunity to continue to build that tradition. Dave is an outstanding leader for our young men, and his familiarity with our men’s soccer program makes him the ideal candidate to ensure a smooth transition to the next chapter of Azusa Pacific’s men’s soccer history.”
Blomquist inherits a program that he helped Wolf turn into an NAIA men’s soccer power. In his first 2 seasons with the Cougar program, he helped lead Azusa Pacific to consecutive title-game appearances that culminated with the program’s first-ever NAIA championship in 2007.
“I’m honored to have such a great opportunity, and I’m very excited to be able to take over a program like Azusa Pacific,” Blomquist said. “It’s an opportunity that I could have only dreamed about 3 years ago when Phil brought me here. With the tradition of Azusa Pacific soccer, along with the level the program has played at the past 3 years, I couldn’t ask for a better situation.”
Blomquist assisted Wolf for what is arguably the greatest 3-year stretch in the program’s history. In addition to the 2007 NAIA title and the 2006 national runner-up finish, Azusa Pacific has produced the NAIA’s highest win total (50) over the past 3 years. In addition, the Cougars won back-to-back Golden State Athletic Conference championships in 2007 and 2008 and produced 2 MLS Draft selections. Blomquist also acted as head coach in Wolf’s absence for the final 2 regular-season victories that clinched the 2008 GSAC title while Wolf was out of the country completing the adoption of a child.
“I’m hopeful that the transition will be as smooth as possible,” Blomquist said. “The style of Azusa Pacific soccer is not going to change. Phil (Wolf) has done a great job mentoring me in my coaching career, and we share many beliefs about the way the game should be played. We will still have a commitment to passing and moving the ball, but the main difference will be that my personality is different than Phil’s personality.”
Prior to arriving at Azusa Pacific in 2006, Blomquist spent 9 years coaching in the San Diego area, where he was the girls’ head coach for 7 seasons (2000-06) at Santa Fe Christian High School following 1-year stints at Torrey Pines High School (1998) and Horizon High School (1999). His club coaching experience includes working with Legends FC for the past year, along with 9 years with Rancho Santa Fe Attack.
As a player, Blomquist was a 1995 NCAA Division III All-American at Wheaton, where he played under NCAA Division III coaching legend Joe Bean. He was named the 1995 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Player of the Year, and he was a 2-time All-CCIW first team selection. He helped lead Wheaton to 61 victories and 3 CCIW championships during his 4-year career.
Blomquist teaches in Azusa Pacific’s Exercise and Sport Science department, and he completed his Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from San Diego State University in 2008. He is single and resides in Glendora.