ST. GEORGE, Utah — Jason Boothe, Dixie State University director of athletics, announced Wednesday the appointment of Steve Golas as the new head women’s soccer coach.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome Steve as our next head coach,” Boothe said. “Steve brings a wealth of experience from all levels with the track record of success that will provide excellent leadership for our student-athletes, both on and off the field. I’m excited to work with Steve as we continue to build and enjoy the success of this exciting team.”
Golas brings to the Trailblazer program more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for four seasons from 2015-19. While at Milwaukee, he helped lead the Panthers to a 56-10-11 overall record, four Horizon League championships and one NCAA Tournament appearance (2018). Milwaukee played to a dominant 32-1-3 mark in conference play, which included a perfect 9-0-0 run this past season, while the Panthers finished as the lone unbeaten team at the NCAA Division I level in 2017 (16-0-4).
Prior to his arrival at Milwaukee, Golas was the first head women’s soccer coach at Texas A&M-Texarkana, where he guided the Eagles to a 10-2-3 debut record while outscoring opponents by a 58-15 clip. Before his time at TAMUT, he served as assistant women’s soccer coach and head men’s soccer coach at Illinois College for four seasons and during that time, he became the men’s all-time leader in coaching victories.
Golas began his coaching career at Bemidji State and had collegiate stops at William Penn, Angelo State, Lewis & Clark and Millikin University.
“First, I would like to thank DSU athletic director Jason Boothe and senior associate athletic drector Mo Eckroth for this incredible opportunity,” Golas said. “From the first moment I spoke with them it was abundantly clear that Dixie State and the St. George community are special. The excitement surrounding the university and the athletic department with its move to NCAA Division I could be felt everywhere I turned.
“I can't wait to begin working with the dedicated student-athletes in the program and engaging the Dixie and greater St. George communities,” Golas continued. “Dixie State is a university on the rise and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community.”
Golas played soccer collegiately at Coe College, where he was a four-year letter winner for the Kohawks. He was twice recognized as the team's most improved player and was a member of the Kohawks’ track & field team.
Golas earned his bachelor's degree from Coe College in 1998 and completed work on his master's degree in sports studies at Bemidji State in 2002. He and his wife Becky are the parents of two children, son Jacoby and daughter Cora.
Dixie State wrapped up its 2018 regular season with a 13-6-0 overall record and finished in a tie for fourth place in the RMAC standings at 8-5-0 (24 pts) in the program's debut season in the league. The Trailblazers also advanced to the semifinals of the RMAC tournament.