Phoenix, Ariz. – Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil and Vice-President for Athletics Don Mitchell announce the hiring of Jon Callahan as the Firestorm's new women's soccer coach. Callahan receives the first head coaching appointment of his career, but is not new to the school.
"I am humbled and honored to accept the head women's soccer coaching position at Arizona Christian University. It has long been my dream to be a head college soccer coach, and to realize the fulfillment of that dream at home here in Phoenix, is a blessing I never thought possible," said Callahan. "I look forward to getting the hard work started and striving to honor God with this talented group of athletes both on the soccer field and off."
"Jon Callahan's enthusiasm, his spiritual maturity and his years of experience with all aspects of the women's game at the collegiate level – from recruiting to scheduling to coaching and mentoring -- will provide a huge boost for our program, " said President Munsil.
Callahan joined the ACU staff in August, 2011, as assistant men's soccer coach with primary responsibilities for training the Firestorm goalkeepers, assisting in the set up and operation of daily training sessions, coordination of recruiting and scouting prospective student-athletes, and coordination of travel accommodations for road matches.
A 2004 graduate from Phoenix Christian High School, Callahan graduated from Dallas Baptist University (Tex.) in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and earned his Master's degree in kinesiology from DBU in 2011.
He competed for Dallas Baptist soccer as a goalkeeper in 2004 and 2005, and earned team Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore in 2005. In his freshman season at DBU, he set a school record for lowest goals-against average in a season, and then broke his record the next season.
He then transferred to Texas A & M International University in Laredo, where he played the 2006 season, and suffered a second torn anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee during the off-season which kept him from playing his fourth season of college soccer.
Even before the conclusion of Callahan's playing career in the fall of 2005, he began his coaching career as a student assistant coach for the DBU women's soccer program and later served as graduate assistant coach. Callahan's tenure lasted from 2005 through 2011, except for the 2006 season when he was attending Texas A & M International University.
Callahan returned home to Phoenix where he served as assistant coach and goalkeeping coach for the 2011 Phoenix College women's soccer program. Since 2004, he has assisted his father, James Callahan, with the Phoenix Christian High School boys' soccer program when he has traveled home for Thanksgiving and winter breaks. He assisted his father full time with the 2011-12 PCHS boys' soccer team.
Callahan also has been active in soccer camps and club teams through the years. During his high school career, he volunteered as goalkeeper coach and trainer for the North Phoenix Soccer Club twice weekly from August, 2000 through May, 2004, and served as the College Staff coach for the Soccerplus Goalkeeper School during the summers of 2006, 2008 and 2010. His responsibilities at the school included demonstrating and instructing proper goalkeeping techniques to small groups of goalkeepers from ages 10-18, coordinating evening meals and supervising in-residence campers.
Coach Callahan attends Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, has two brothers, one younger and one older, and is single.