NEW YORK — Columbia men’s soccer head coach Kevin Anderson announced the hire of Kevin Valdovinos as the program’s assistant coach on Tuesday. Valdovinos comes to Columbia after serving as the Director of Player Performance at Manhattanville College last season.
“I’m excited to add Kevin to our staff and look forward to working with him as we continue to build throughout the spring and into the upcoming fall season,” said head coach Kevin Anderson, who is entering his 14th season leading the program. “Kevin’s dedication and drive to his own growth and development has been outstanding over the years. He has found the grit, work ethic and dedication that you must have in order to wake up every day to be successful in the college game.
“Adding the right people to your program, including players and staff, who already possess these characteristics, coupled with individual talent that works for the betterment of the team is our non-negotiable. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Kevin over the last few years, as we both reside in Port Chester with our families, and he has lived what we continually look for — he has made it a habit, lifestyle and passion. Now, it’s time to blend it all together and continue to prepare our team for the 2022 season and aid Kevin’s growth as a mentor, coach and colleague.”
While at Manhattanville, Valdovinos oversaw all areas of data and analytics for the men’s soccer program. He monitored, managed and drove the performance of its players, working closely with all staff members to present daily player reports prior to each training session and match. His other duties also included assisting coaching sessions and training activities, contributing to recruitment and the talent identification processes and assisting with player video analysis.
“I would like to thank Kevin Anderson for trusting in me for this opportunity to join his coaching staff,” Valdovinos said. “It is a great honor to be coaching at such a prestigious institution like Columbia University, with all the great history and proud traditions of the program. I am excited to start working with the student-athletes and to continue helping the progression of this program. I would also like to thank Paul Templeton for his support and contributions to developing me as a coach during my tenure at Manhattanville.”
Valdovinos’ experience also branches to the club level as the Director of Player Development at White Plains Youth Soccer Club. There, he worked across various age groups (U10-U18), contributing to the player development process. He was also responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of age-appropriate coaching and training sessions, placing emphasis on each player’s technical development. Valdovinos is also a coach and trainer for Warrior Sports Academy in Port Chester. Additionally, he is the founder of his own business, Valdovinos Performance, which aims to work with clients across various sporting disciplines to enhance their athletic performance. Valdovinos has worked with professional soccer players in various professional leagues, including the USL, MLS and Bundesliga.
Valdovinos was a two-time NJCAA Academic All-American at Herkimer County Community College in upstate New York. After earning his associate’s degree, he went on to play for Pfeiffer University from 2017-19, earning a Bachelor of Science in health & exercise science in May of 2019. He is currently working toward his US Soccer National Coaching License.