George Kuntz, a 27-year head coaching veteran, became the eighth head coach in Cal State Fullerton history on Dec. 16, 2013. Now in his second season at Cal State Fullerton, Kuntz comes after serving 19 years as the men's head soccer coach at UC Irvine, turning the Anteaters into a perennial soccer power that have made four NCAA Tournament appearances in the last six years, winning four Big West Tournament championships (2008, 2009,2011, 2013) and three regular season titles (2008, 2010, 2011). Kuntz, a collegiate head coach for 27 years, was named the NSCAA/Adidas Far West Region Coach of the Year in (2006 and 2008) and has seen a number of players jump to the next level including 12 in Major League Soccer (MLS) and three on various U.S. National Teams.
With 10 wins in his first season at the helm of the Titans, Kuntz compiled the most wins in an inaugural season as Titan head coach since Al Mistri won 13 games in his opening season in 1981. In his first win as the head coach of Cal State Fullerton, Kuntz led the Titans to a 4-3, double overtime comeback victory over 14th-ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Sep. 14. He later led Cal State Fullerton over his old team, UC Irvine, in championship game of the Big West Championship Tournament on Nov. 15 in a penalty-kick shootout victory, 4-3, giving the Titans their first ever Big West Conference Tournament Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to 2013, UCI entered the postseason in 2011 after winning the Big West Tournament for a third time earning a No. 8 national seed and finishing the season ranked 13th with a school record 16 wins while going 16-6-1. The 2011 season was another giant leap in the college soccer world being ranked as high as fifth. In 2010, Kuntz led the Anteaters to a 14-3-3 record and a Big West regular season title. In 2009, UCI won the Big West Tournament and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and a first round bye by virtue of a 4-1 win on the road against UC Santa Barbara. UC Irvine was rewarded for a historic 15-win season by receiving the 16th seed for the NCAA Division I Tournament and played host to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in front of 2,000 fans. The team finished No. 3 in the West region and No. 25 in the nation.
Kuntz came to UCI from Pepperdine where he was the first women's soccer head coach; recording a 23-11-2 record in the first two seasons (1993 & 1994) of the program's existence including historic wins over UCLA and USC. Kuntz began his collegiate coaching career at California Lutheran University in 1988 and compiled a five-year record of 60-27-10 (.670). The Kingsmen won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles in 1991 and 1992 and advanced to the NCAA Far West Regional title game.
In 1989, Kuntz founded the women's soccer program at California Lutheran University and recorded a 51-24-1 (.678) record from 1989-1992. California Lutheran's women's team was ranked No. 1 in the Far West region and No. 3 in the nation in 1992 with a 17-4 record. Kuntz led the team to SCIAC championships in 1991 and 1992. The team went to the NCAA Far West final in 1992.
Kuntz is a 1989 graduate of Arizona State University and holds a bachelor's degree in communication arts. He graduated with a master's degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from California Lutheran University. He holds a United States Soccer Federation "A" license, National Youth License, and the National Soccer Coaches Association Advanced National Diploma.
Kuntz spent a large part of his coaching career studying the development of the youth soccer player and is nationally recognized as the one of the longest serving United States State Association (USYSA) Directors of Coaching in the United States. Kuntz has been the Technical Director and Director of Coaches Education for the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association for 10 years. He served as the Director of Coaching for the California Youth Soccer Association - South for eight years and was the catalyst for mandatory licensing for youth soccer coaches in the United States. He was named 1995 CYSA - South Boy's Coach of the Year. Kuntz was also director of the Olympic Development Program from 1992 - 1996.
In May of 2011, he was appointed the AYSO National Director of Player Development –Technical Advisor. In 1994 Kuntz worked at the Federation International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Pasadena, California as an (FIFA) Assistant Technical Advisor.
Big West Tournament Championships
2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
Big West Regular Season Titles
2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
Coach of the Year Honors
2008, 2001, 2000
NCAA Tournament Appearances
2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014
The Kuntz File
2008 - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA DI Men)
2008 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
2006 - National Soccer Coaches Association of America Far West Coach of the Year (NCAA DI Men)
2006 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
2006 - Inducted into the California Lutheran University - Hall of Fame (Men's and Women's Soccer)
2005, 2004, 2003 - Big West Conference (UC Irvine) Sportsmanship Award (team)
2004 - The Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award, Irvine Prevention Coalition - Community Service
2001 - Big West Conference - Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
2000 - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation - Pacific Division Coach of the Year - (NCAA DI Men)
1995 - California Youth Soccer Association - South - Coach of the Year (Boy's)
1992 - National Soccer Coaches Association Far West Coach of the Year, (NCAA Women)
1991 - National Soccer Coaches Association Far West Coach of the Year, (NCAA Men)
1988 - NAIA District III Coach of the Year, (Men)
Kuntz Coaching Record
|2014||Cal State Fullerton||10-8-6||NCAA First Round||
|3-4-3||Big West Tourney Title|
|UC Irvine||15-5-3||NCAA Round of 16||1st (SD)||7-2-1||Big West Tourney Title; Big West South Div. Champs|
|2012||UC Irvine||5-14-1||4th (SD)||2-8-0||Big West Sportsmanship Award|
|2011||UC Irvine||16-6-1||NCAA 2nd Round||1st||6-3-1||Big West Tourney Title; Big West Champions|
|2010||UC Irvine||14-3-3||1st||7-1-2||Big West Champions|
|2009||UC Irvine||15-7-0||NCAA 2nd Round||3rd||6-4-0||Big West Tourney Title|
|2008||UC Irvine||15-2-6||NCAA Round of 16||1st||5-1-4||
Big West Tourney Title; Big West Champions; Big West Conference Coach of the Year; NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year
|2006||UC Irvine||13-4-3||2nd||6-3-1||NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year; Big West Coach of the Year; Inducted into Cal Lutheran Hall of Fame|
|2001||UC Irvine||10-4-6||2nd||6-1-3||Big West Coach of the Year|
|2000||UC Irvine||12-8-1||MPSF Pacific Div. Coach of the Year|
|1992||Cal Lutheran (M)||15-5-2||NCAA Div. III||2nd||10-1|
|1992||Cal Lutheran (W)||17-4||NCAA Div. III||1st||12-0||NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year|
|1991||Cal Lutheran (M)||14-5-1||NCAA Div. III||1st||13-1||NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year|
|1991||Cal Lutheran (W)||17-4||NCAA Div. III||1st||12-0|
|1990||Cal Lutheran (M)||14-4-3|
|1990||Cal Lutheran (W)||12-5|
|1989||Cal Lutheran (M)||11-7-1|
|1989||Cal Lutheran (W)||5-12-1|
|1988||Cal Lutheran (M)||6-6-3||NAIA District Coach of the Year|