Juan Espinal joins the Drury men’s soccer staff after a two season stint as the head coach of Indian Hills Community College. Espinal led the Warriors to a 24-7-3 record and coached 14 ICCAC All-Region players and 36 ICCAC All-Academic team honorees.
Espinal is a native of Muscatine, Iowa, was formerly a graduate assistant for the Men’s Soccer team at Iowa Lakes Community College.
Juan attended Muscatine High School from 2008-2012. At Muscatine High, Juan was a 4-year Varsity starter on the boy’s high school soccer team. Juan received the first-team All-Conference accolade in high school his sophomore through senior years. Throughout his time at Muscatine High he was also awarded the First-Team All-Area award. In his senior year, Espinal registered 32 goals adding 16 assists and also received the first-team All-State Honor.
Juan played for the 1994 Iowa Olympic Development Program (ODP) team throughout his middle and high school years winning three regional titles and winning a national championship in 2011 at the ODP National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.
Espinal also played for Eastern Iowa United based out of Iowa City, Iowa, known as one of the best club teams in the state of Iowa coached under Jon Cook winning two back-to-back state cups and competing at the club regional tournament.
Juan has competed at the Semi-Professional level in both the Professional Development League (PDL) and in the National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL) playing for the Springfield Demize in 2013 (PDL) and playing for the Quad City Eagles in 2014 (NPSL).
Espinal also has good coaching experience at the recreational level along with the club side. In the past, Juan attended Iowa Central Community College from 2012-2014 where he obtained his AA degree and competed at the NJCAA division one level in men’s soccer. In 2012 Espinal helped the Tritons to an outstanding season being ranked as high as #6 in the country in the NJCAA division one national raking polls. Juan was a two-year starter and a second-team All-Region award winner at Iowa Central. After Iowa Central Community College Juan transferred his career over to NCAA Division 2 program Texas A&M International University from 2014-2016. During those years the Dustdevils reached the conference tournament final in both seasons. At A&M International Juan completed his collegiate soccer career and attained his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Management.
He currently holds his USSF coaching E license, and plans to join the USSF D coaching course.