Daniel Kuntz, Ed.D
Athletic Director, Head Men's Soccer Coach
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NCAA Division III Athletics
The Advantages of Division III Athletics
An overview of the experiences of athletes who compete in NCAA Division III athletics programs and sports teams
Athletic Programs at CLU
An overview of the variety of competitive sports teams and opportunities at California Lutheran University, a member of the NCAA Division III, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Sports Camp Directing and Marketing
Developing, directing and marketing successful sports camps for youth.
The Road to Collegiate Athletics
An overview of how to get from high school athletics to college athletics
Dr. Dan Kuntz has been the Director of Athletics at California Lutheran University from 2004 to Present. He oversees 21 Varsity CLU NCAA intercollegiate Division III programs, 6 junior varsity programs and staff. Most recently Director Kuntz participated in the planning and addition of Women’s golf and Men’s varsity volleyball. In 2010, CLU athletics were recognized nationally as a fall sports Lears Cup top 25 program and in 2015 the Cal Lutheran women’s volleyball team earned Cal Lutheran University's first NCAA team national championship.
Director Kuntz has overseen the development and significant growth of the Cal Lutheran Scholar Athlete Society, a program that highlights and recognizes the academic achievements of student athletes earning a 3.4 or higher GPA. Under Kuntz's leadership CLU athletes have earned numerous SCIAC, Regional and National honors including three individual national championships in Track and Field. During his tenure as Athletic Director, Kuntz participated in the operational planning and development of the Gilbert Sports and Forrest Fitness Center, Paulson Tennis Center, Samuelson Aquatics Center, Sparky Anderson Field and Ullman Stadium, Hutton Softball Field, and the William Rolland Stadium. Kuntz served as the Coordinator of Athletic Marketing for California Lutheran University Athletics from 1997-2004.
Holding United States Soccer Federation National A, B, C and Youth coaching licenses, Coach Kuntz has been at the helm of the Kingsmen soccer program for more than 23 years and served as the head Regals women's soccer coach for 11 of those same years. He has been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the women’s Regional Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998. He has led both the men's and women's teams to numerous SCIAC championships. Under Coach Kuntz the women's soccer program at CLU earned 159 wins, 8 consecutive SCIAC titles and 6 NCAA appearances. He was named NSCAA Far West Region Women's Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Coach Kuntz led the 1997 Kingsmen men's soccer team to its finest season in program history with a 16-3-3 record, an NCAA Division III West Regional championship and a seventh-place NSCAA national finish. Under Coach Kuntz, the men's soccer program has earned 227 wins, 7 SCIAC championships and 3 NCAA appearances. The program has earned NSCAA academic honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Coach Kuntz has served on both the NCAA and NSCAA West region ranking advisory committees for men's and women's soccer and was the chair of the West Region NSCAA senior women's All American committee and chair of the NCAA West Region championship committee.
He has coached youth soccer teams which traveled to Germany and Mexico City and taught in both the Arizona Youth Soccer Association and the California Youth Soccer Association coaches education programs. He coached two U-19 girls teams to CYSA-S state championships, coached high school soccer for 8 years in Arizona winning the Fiesta Bowl soccer championship in 1984 and has directed and coached in soccer camps throughout the Southwest for more than 30 years. He has also worked with the Olympic Development Programs in Arizona and California.
Prior to becoming the Director of Athletics at California Lutheran University Kuntz was the inaugural General Manager of award winning NPR Affiliate KCLU radio from 1994-1996 housed on the campus of California Lutheran University. and developed station relationships with the Ronald Reagan Library and the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center. Kuntz wrote the business plan for KCLU and secured NPR programming as KCLU's inaugural general manager prior to overseeing its first broadcast in fall of 1994. Kuntz also served as KCLU's Director of Technical Services from 1996-1997 prior to moving back to Athletics coaching and management.