Dalton State College

Dalton State Roadrunners Athetics
650 College Dr Dalton, GA 30720
NAIA Georgia Southeast
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Saif Alsafeer

Saif Alsafeer was hired as the Director of Soccer on January 23, 2019. He came to Dalton State from his alma mater, Florida College, where he spent the previous five years leading the Falcons men's team. A new member of the Southern States Athletic Conference in 2018, the Falcons finished (11-2-4, 5-2-1 SSAC) and placed third in the regular season standings. The stellar season landed him the 2018 SSAC Coach of the Year award.

In his five seasons guiding the Falcons, Alsafeer accumulated a 66-16-4 record including two undefeated regular seasons (12-0 in 2017 and 14-0 in 2016). His 2017 squad scored a program best 72 goals, while allowing only three. He earned 2017 USCAA Coach of the Year as a result. Alsafeer has produced 12 Academic All-Americans, 10 All-Americans, and four USCAA All-Tournament team players.

In addition to coaching Florida College, he was the head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Marauders Football Club of the CSL-USA from ('16-'18). He also previously coached the U-16 Tampa Dynamo Soccer Club.

Before becoming a coach, Alsafeer was a four-year starter and captain for Florida College ('09-'12) and played semi-professionally for the Tampa Bay Marauders Football Club. During his time as a player for the Falcons he was a three-time USCAA Academic All-American and a three-time USCAA First Team All-American. He led Florida College to a USCAA Final Four appearance in 2011. With Tampa Bay FC, he was a First Team member while helping the Marauders to two Gulf Coast Cup championships.

Alsafeer earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida College in 2013. In December of 2018, he completed his Master of Science degree in Soccer Coaching Education from Ohio University. The degree is the only one of its kind in the United States. He and his wife Sarah have one daughter, Leila (2), and are expecting their second daughter, Jordan, any day now.

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Kristopher Ospina

Kristopher Ospina was hired as assistant soccer coach on May 13th, 2019. He came to Dalton State from Florida College after playing four years under Coach Saif Alsafeer. Kris assisted Coach Alsafeer for one year, after his sophomore year before returning to the pitch his junior and senior seasons. He graduated from Florida College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2019.

Opsina was a four-year starter at Florida College and captained the team his junior and senior seasons. In 2017, Kris was a part of a team that went undefeated during the regular season and fell just short of advancing to the USCAA National Tournament. Kris was named 1st team USCAA All-American in 2017 and 2nd team All-SSAC in 2018, the Falcons first in the NAIA. Ospina also played for the Tampa Mauraders of the UPSL for one year. Currently, Kris is playing for the Dalton Red Wolves U-23 team in USL League 2. During the offseason, he trained with USL Championship member Ottawa Fury at IMG Academy for one month.

Kris is from Hialeah, Florida, with Colombian heritage as both of his parents are from Medellin. He also spent time in Newnan, Georgia where he played club soccer for the Coweta Cannons.

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Rury Alvarez

Rury Alvarez Born May 30, 1990 in Atlanta, GA. Son of Mirna and Juan Alvarez, brothers Erick, Walter, Martina, Kevin, and Anny.

He played traveling soccer for many clubs in the Atlanta Area. Played For Stone Mountain youth soccer association, Georgia Futbol Club, Tornadoes FC, West Gwinnett soccer association, Atlanta Silverbacks super Y-League, and Atlanta Fire. At Atlanta Fire United he participated in National League Red Bull, played R3PL, and played in the USSF Academy. After youth soccer Rury attended Georgia Perimeter College, he played under Marc Zagara and Allan Davie in the division 1 NJCAA.

As a freshman he attended the national tournament where they lost in penalty kicks to Tyler College in Texas. He made the National tournament All-Tournament Team. After his couple of years at GPC he tried playing overseas but it did not work out.

He signed with Atlanta Silverbacks for a short year before attending Dalton State Where he continued his education. Rury started every game, one of the top in assists and scoring. He received player of the week, All-Conference and All-Tournament Team. He played for Knoxville Force, a semi-pro team the participated in the NPSL League. Played for the force for two years.

Pursuing a degree in interdisciplinary studies. At first he started in youth coaching and he fell in love with it. Growing up he had amazing coaches that influenced his game in many ways. It made him want to coach more in order to pass on lessons he learned as a minor. He says it is a blessing to be able to coach and help a former team he played with.

Some of his other hobbies include; watching soccer, playing disc golf, and spending time with his family.

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Tom Bentham

Tom joins the coaching staff after completing his senior season at Dalton State. He arrived in Dalton after playing two years for Feather River Junior College in California, and NCAA DII University of West Alabama. Tom will graduate with a degree in Health and Wellness in 2021.

Tom was a 2-year starter at Feather River College helping his side reach the Elite 8 of the CCCAA Championship. At Dalton State he was named SSAC Academic All-Conferenceas well as 2nd team All Conference. He finished his playing career captaining the Roadrunners in 2019 under current head coach, Saif Alsafeer. Tom also worked as an assistant coach under Alsafeer for Dalton Redwolves U-23 in the USL-2.

Tom is from Bradford, England and has been in the US for 5 years.

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