Tarleton Soccer hire Delaney Castor as assistant coach ahead of first D1 season
STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton’s first football coaching staff continues to take shape as head coach Peter Cuadrado announced the hiring of Delaney Castor as an assistant coach ahead of the 2022 season.
A native of Irving, Texas, Castor will work directly with the Tarleton goaltenders while being involved in all aspects of the team’s operations, including recruitment, opponent scouting, team video and equipment.
“I am very pleased to have Delaney join our team,” said Cuadrado. “She brings energy, work ethic and drive, which will be a great fit for our program. Throughout the hiring process, Delaney demonstrated her passion for the game, a high level of goalkeeping knowledge and a great personality that will help our student athletes perform at their best on and off the pitch.”
Castor will be joined on the sidelines by another first-year assistant coach Rex Carellwho started his first full season at Tarleton in July.
“I love the idea of building a program from scratch,” Castor said. “Not many coaches can say they were part of an inaugural season or witnessed a team’s first goal or win. When I first met Pete I was hooked [Cuadrado] and Rexx [Carrell]. I loved hearing about their plans to take this program to the next level in year one. They have the right balance of support and accountability that I believe teams need to be successful.”
Castor is certified in Goalkeeping Level I by United Soccer Coaches and is about to earn her Goalkeeping Level II diploma. She is also certified in Foundations of Coaching and Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer.
She has worked extensively at a variety of summer camps hosted by Division I programs including Texas, Texas A&M and SMU. Castor helped organize and run the camp activities and provided campers with individual instruction on all facets of the sport at each stop.
Castor has also worked as a private goalkeeping coach and has been a volunteer soccer coach for Cen-Tex Soccer in Brownwood since 2018.
Her career as a Division I coach was sparked by a distinguished playing career as a goaltender at nearby Howard Payne University.
She played and started in 60 games in four seasons for the Yellow Jackets. Castor received All-Conference honors each season, including first-team All-Conference honors as a senior. Castor was named American Southwest Conference Goaltender of the Year in her sophomore year. Additionally, Castor received All-Region awards from United Soccer Coaches and was honored as Hero Sports Goalie of the Week during her tenure at Brownwood.
Castor’s name is scattered throughout the Yellow Jackets’ school books. Over the course of her four-year run at Brownwood, she broke 13 school records, including career saves (453), career saves per game (7.6), career save percentage (.809), single-season saves (159), and singles game saves (24).
Castor is a graduate of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, where she was a three-time letter winner on the field. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from HPU and is pursuing a master’s degree at Tarleton.
The Texans are expected to begin fall camp in August ahead of their first D1 season.