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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.


During his three seasons leading the Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners, Alsafeer has accumulated a 38-13-3 record coaching the men and a 19-30 record coaching the women including a conference title for the men's squad in the Spring of 2021. The conference championship was the first in program history for the soccer program and earned Alsafeer his second SSAC Coach of the Year award.


In just three seasons, he has coached 53 SSAC All-Academic award winners, 25 SSAC All-Conference performers, 17 Daktronics Scholar-Athletes in the classroom, and 7 All-Americans on the pitch. In addition, Alsafeer has coached 2 SSAC Golden Boot Award winners, an SSAC Golden Gloves goalkeeper, and an SSAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.


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 two daughters, Leila (4), and Jordan (2).

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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, Fla.-, with Colombian heritage as both of his parents are from Medellin. He also spent time in Newnan, Ga. where he played club soccer for the Coweta Cannons.

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