FIRST TEAM HEAD COACH
December 30th, 2020 - Wichita, KS -Sporting Wichita is pleased to announce the hiring of a head coach Ruy Vaz for it’s UPSL First Team. Coach Vaz has been selected to lead the team through it’s inaugural season. Coach Vaz offers an impressive resume of coaching and playing experience; as Head Men's Soccer Coach for Cowley County College, he led the Tigers to their first-ever national tournament appearance and was named the Jayhawk East Coach of the Year after leading unbeaten conference season (10-0) and a record of 17-3 in 2019. The 17 wins are the most in the history of the program. Year two under Coach Vaz was one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program. Cowley repeated as conference champions, captured its first-ever district title, and won its first-ever game at the national tournament.
Prior to coaching, Vaz had a decorated career as a member of the Cowley and OCU men’s soccer teams picking up numerous awards, he served as a leader both on the soccer field and in the classroom. He was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2012 Junior College Men's Scholar Player of the Year, along with the award he became the Tiger soccer program's first two-time All-American.
Vaz, who came to Cowley from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Offensive Player of the Year each of his two years as a member of the Tiger soccer team. After Cowley, Vaz transferred to Oklahoma City University where he was the Sooner Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 and a First-Team All-Conference selection as he helped the Stars capture the conference title and also a two-time Academic All-Region and All-American during his time at OCU. He completed a Master of Arts in Liberal studies from Wichita State University and has a USC Premier Diploma, as well as a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and received Specialist in Strength and Conditioning certification through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) before coming back home to coach. Coach Vaz also brings international and semi-pro experience having played in Brazil, Europe and the PDL.
Sporting Wichita First team coordinators believe that Coach Vaz is the right fit and has the right vision to head up our first semi-pro team. “I’m very humbled and honored to be selected as the first head coach of Sporting Wichita. It was very clear from my interview with the board that our ideas, goals, and vision for the building of this project were in alignment. This is a great opportunity for soccer in Kansas. I hope to help build something special for this club and community that will make them proud. I’m looking forward to seeing a strong mix as this opportunity allows for the development of our youth players along with the contribution of experienced college and talented local players. Fans can expect a team with high intensity, high pressure, ball possession, and a lot of desire, I look forward to seeing some top talent at our open tryouts in a couple of weeks. Our 2021 league season is expected to run May - early August.”