Both USAO and Chickasha were instrumental in my decision to continue my studies after my athletic eligibility expired. Chickasha will always hold a special place in my life, and I'm grateful to have met so many genuine people while I lived there.
Dave Kunitz’ relationship with USAO extended well past his graduation and remains an important part of his life.
Kunitz, who earn degrees in natural science and physical education, is the head coach for the United States Deaf Men’s National Soccer Team. Additionally, he is a full time coach with Andromeda Football Club in Dallas and one of the leaders of Development Academy.
“The experience working with U.S. Deaf Soccer has been incredible,” Kunitz said. “I have had the opportunity to work alongside some fantastic individuals who volunteer their time and players who fundraise all to represent the United States in international competition. The greatest joy was our first trip to the Pan American Deaf Games in Venezuela. We opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over soccer power, Brazil.”
Kunitz played for USAO’s first soccer team in 1998 and then got his first chance to coach soccer as an assistant for the next seven years. He credits a large part of his professional success to his experiences at USAO.
“I spent eight years in Chickasha and the USAO community was a huge part of my personal and professional development,” he said. “Both were instrumental in my decision to continue my studies after my athletic eligibility expired. Chickasha will always hold a special place in my life, and I'm grateful to have met so many genuine people while I lived there.”
In his lone season as a Drover, Kunitz led the team to an 11-5 record. He was named All-Conference First Team and earned an NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete award.
“I will always remember coming together and forming great friendships with such a culturally diverse group of student athletes,” he said.