Dan Salas

Varsity Head Coach

The 2017-18 season is Salas's 13th season as Head Coach at Corona del Sol High School. Under the direction of Coach Salas, the Aztecs boast a record of 165-74-9 (69%). Season highlights include a semi-final finish in 2008 and undefeated Central Region Champions in 2009 & 2010. The 2009-2010 season was capped off with a 24-2-1 record and an Arizona 5A-1 State Championship. The 2016 Season was highlighted with a Western Lotto Sport Showcase Tournament Championship, in San Clemente, CA. In 2012 and 2015, Coach Salas was named AIA Division I, Section II, Coach of the Year.

In addition to coaching soccer at CDS, Salas teaches Physical and Special Education.

Coach Salas was born and raised just outside of Chicago, IL and attended Northern Illinois University. While at Northern Illinois, Salas competed for the men's soccer team from 1994-1997, captaining the Huskies his senior year. Salas majored in Physical & Health Education and Sports Medicine. In 2006, Coach Salas received his Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. Salas and wife Niki are the proud parents of three children.


Michael Van Ess

Freshman/Sophomore Head Coach

Coach Van Ess joins the Aztec soccer organization for his first season as well as his first year teaching at Corona. Coach Van Ess is a Wisconsin native and found his way out to Arizona to pursue a Master’s degree from ASU. He spent his first two years in college running D1 Cross Country and Track and Field at Iowa State University, and ended up with his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University. This is his 9th year teaching and coaching. He has previously coached varsity boys soccer, cross country, and track and field at Arcadia High School for five years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Cassie and two children Brooks (age3) and Harper (age 5). 

Brent Havins

JV Head Coach

Coach Havins has been with the Aztec Men's Soccer program since 2007.  He enjoys seeing young men progress athletically, academically, and as people.  He has also coached football and taught at Corona del Sol since 2005.  Coach Havins is from Ajo, Az and graduated with a Bachelors degree from Arizona State University and a Masters degree from Northern Arizona University.  He is most appreciative of his wife Tori and daughter Lexi who support him in coaching.

Dan Van Vleet

Assistant Coach

Dan Van Vleet played with the Corona del Sol program from 2007-2010 and was a member of the state championship winning team in 2010.  During his senior season, he recorded 12 goals and six assists and was named to the Central Region and All-tribune first teams as well as the Arizona Republic second team.  He went on to play 4 years in the pac-12 at Oregon State and graduated in June 2014 with a bachelors in pre-physical therapy and a Spanish minor.

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