Stephen Salas is in his third year serving as Abilene Christian’s assistant coach. He joined the Wildcats’ during the summer of 2013 following six seasons at Hardin-Simmons and was promoted to full-time assistant coach in January of 2014.
Salas was part of ACU’s first NCAA DI coaching staff that helped guide the Wildcats to a 13-5-1 overall record and 7-5 mark vs. the Southland Conference. He worked extensively with freshmen goalkeepers Kelsey Dombrowski and Sydney Newton throughout last fall and watched them combine for seven shutouts, a 0.88 goals-against average, 81 saves and a .827 save percentage.
Salas was both a star player and dependable assistant coach during his tenure at Hardin-Simmons. He was the Cowboys’ goalkeeper from 2008 to 2011 and helped his team win the 2009 American Southwest Conference Tournament and reach the NCAA Championships’ Sweet 16 behind an overall record of 12-3-6.
Salas eventually became an assistant and goalkeeping coach for the Cowgirls prior to the start of the 2011 season, and in two years he helped lead them to 38 wins, a pair of conference regular season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16. His goalkeepers also allowed just eight goals (0.36 GAA) in each season and combined for 33 shutouts as HSU extended its regular-season conference unbeaten streak to a NCAA-record 157 matches.
During Salas’ two years on the Cowgirls’ bench, HSU finished with a No. 12 national ranking in 2011 by the NSCAA, seventh in 2012, and received two NSCAA/adidas team academic awards. The program also produced a national player of the year, five all-Americas, four academic all-Americas, 11 all-region selections and 14 all-conference honorees.
Salas’ experience includes several summers spent working at the Texas A&M soccer camp and three years as the head coach and academy director of the Abilene Soccer Club.
Salas played two summers for the DFW Tornados of the USL Professional Development League, and began his collegiate career with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in 2006.
Salas has a ‘C’ license from the USSF plus a national goalkeeping license and national diploma from the NSCAA.
Salas received his Bachelor’s of Behavioral Science in Education from Hardin-Simmons in December of 2012.