STEPHENVILLE – The inaugural Tarleton soccer coaching staff continues to take shape, as head coach Pete 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 Tarleton’s goalkeepers while lending her efforts to all areas of team operations, including recruiting, opponent scouting, team video and equipment.
“I am very excited about the addition of Delaney to our staff,” Cuadrado said. “She brings energy, work ethic, and drive, which will be a great fit for our program. During the hiring process, Delaney showed her passion for the game, a high level of goalkeeping knowledge, and great character that will help our student athletes achieve their best on and off the field.”
Castor is joined on the sidelines by fellow first-year assistant coach Rex Carrell, who began his first full season at Tarleton in July.
“I love the idea of building a program from the ground up,” Castor said. “Not many coaches can say they were a part of an inaugural season or witness a team’s first goal or first win. I was sold the first time I met Pete [Cuadrado] and Rex [Carrell]. I loved hearing their plans to take this program to the next level in its first year. They have the right balance of support and accountability that I think teams need to have in order to be successful.”
Castor is certified through United Soccer Coaches in Goalkeeping Level I and is closing in on earning 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 multitude of summer camps hosted by Division I programs, including Texas, Texas A&M and SMU. Castor assisted in the organization and implementation of camp activities and provided individual instruction to campers in all facets of the sport at each stop.
Castor has also worked as a private goalkeeper coach and has served as a volunteer soccer coach for Cen-Tex Soccer in Brownwood since 2018.
Her Division I coaching career was spawned by a standout playing career as a goalkeeper at nearby Howard Payne University.
She appeared and started in 60 games across four seasons for the Yellow Jackets. Castor earned All-Conference accolades each season, including first team All-Conference honors as a senior. Castor was honored as the American Southwest Conference Goalkeeper of the Year during her sophomore. Additionally, Castor garnered All-Region accolades from United Soccer Coaches and was honored as the Hero Sports Goalie of the Week during her tenure in Brownwood.
Castor’s name is smattered across the Yellow Jackets’ school record books. She broke 13 school records over the course of her four-year run in Brownwood, including career saves (453), career saves per game (7.6), career save percentage (.809), single-season saves (159) and single-game saves (24).
Castor is a graduate of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, where she was a three-time letter winner on the pitch. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from HPU and is pursuing a master’s degree at Tarleton.
The Texans are set to begin fall camp in August ahead of their debut D1 season.