Western Michigan University (2005)
Overall: 53-22-2 (four seasons)
Conference: 30-12 (four seasons)
Ian Spooner, now in his ninth season overall with the San Jacinto College soccer team, is beginning his fifth as head coach of the men’s soccer program. Spooner served four years as an assistant coach, was the interim head coach in 2012, and earned the top spot as head coach in the summer of 2013. Through all the transitions, the former collegiate goalkeeper has upheld the tradition of excellence that is San Jacinto College men’s soccer.
Last season San Jac went 12-6-1 overall. At the end of the season San Jac was ranked second in the region. Five student-athletes – Roberto Diaz, Derick Gonzalez, Prince Ihencaho, Ricardo Olaya and David Koloko – signed National Letters of Intent to continue their collegiate soccer careers at four year colleges or universities.
The 2014 season was full of ups and downs, but as a whole the team played hard and with a purpose. Three student-athletes earned postseason honors, led by Ian Barbosa and Prince Ihenacho, who were all-region selections. Roberto Diaz Fernandez was the team’s newcomer of the year. Two players signed National Letters of Intent to continue their education and soccer careers at four-year colleges or universities. Overall, San Jac posted a 9-11 record.
The 2013 season was one for the record books for San Jac men’s soccer. Spooner guided his team to a third place national finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I men’s soccer championship, setting a new school record with 20 wins. The 2013 squad finished 20-2-0 overall, with just one regular season loss, en route to the national semifinal appearance. Six student-athletes earned NJCAA or National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) All-American honors, and 11 went on to sign National Letters of Intent at four-year colleges or universities.
In 2012, Spooner’s first as the leader of the program, San Jacinto College went 12-4-1 overall, and 6-2 in conference play. San Jacinto College didn’t make it past the regional tournament that season, but all was not lost. Three players earned NJCAA or NSCAA recognition, led by Jose Seoane, who was named a NJCAA second-team All-American, NSCAA first-team All- region, and the team’s newcomer of the year. Pablo Vasquez also earned national recognition.
From 2008 to 2011, Spooner was an assistant coach under then Head Coach David Santesteban. He helped San Jac to the national runner-up in 2008, the most successful season in San Jacinto College men’s soccer history. Three players were named NJCAA and NSCAA All-Americans, and five others earned national recognition. Kieron Bernard, the team’s defensive MVP, signed a professional contract with the Austin Aztex FC. From 2009 to 2011, Spooner helped the Coyotes return to the regional championship.
Spooner spent the 2005-06 season as the assistant coach at Cumberland University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He holds a United States Soccer Federation National “C” Coaching License. He spent two and a half years working for the Challenge Soccer Club, and four years as a professional staff coach for Space City Soccer Club.
Spooner hails from Houston, but played collegiately at Western Michigan University from 2001-2005. As a keeper for the Broncos, he was named the Mid- American Conference player of the week in September of 2003. Spooner was the 2004 Western Michigan University Most Valuable Player and the 2001 newcomer of the year. He helped the Broncos to the 2003 MAC championship and the 2004 MAC runner-up.
Spooner holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Michigan University.