JACK PEEL has been a fixture in the Dallas-Fort Worth soccer community for more than 25 years, and has provided oversight of the highly successful UT Dallas program since it took shape in 1998.
In 15 seasons, his teams have yet to experience a losing season, and, en route to compiling a staggering 193-772-23 record, he has earned four American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year awards (1998, 1999, 2002, 2004).
Since the Comets became eligible to compete for the ASC championship in 2002, Peel's teams qualified for the postseason 10 of the past 11 seasons, advanced to the conference championship game five times and captured ASC titles in 2004 and 2007. His teams hold an 139-32-14 record against ASC competition.
Prior to joining the UTD staff, Peel coached over 10 years in the Carrollton (TX) ISD -- first at R.L. Turner High School (1979-84), then at Newman Smith High School (1992-96). He was also an assistant women's soccer coach at Baylor University (1996-98), where his teams recorded a 31-9-2 record and were the top-ranked new program in the country.
A native of Garland, TX, Peel played both tennis and soccer in high school before earning his BS degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX (1977) and an MS in Physical Education in 1981. He holds a USSF "A" License and NSCAA Premier Diploma.
John Antonisse (UTD Head Women's Soccer Coach)
JOHN ANTONISSE has been the Head Women's Soccer Coach at UTD for 16 seasons, and has led his team to 11 straight American Southwest Conference Tournament appearances, two ASC championships and a pair of berths in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournaments.
Under Antonisse's reign, the UTD women have qualified for every ASC Tournament they have been eligible to play in, and advanced to the ASC Championship game seven of the last 11 seasons.
The true veteran of the UTD coaching staff, Antonisse has led his team to 12 winning seasons in the last 13 years, and has perennially been one of the top teams in the American Southwest Conference since joining the league in 2002.
In his 16 seasons as head coach, Antonisse's teams have compiled a 198-85-33 overall record. Since joining the ASC, the Comets are 145-23-14 in conference games.
Antonisse is a local product, graduating from nearby J.J. Pearce High School (Richardson, TX). He played collegiate soccer at Richland College, then at the University of Tulsa before earning a BS degree in marketing in 1986. He completed a Master's degree from Amberton University in the spring of 2004.
After beginning his coaching career at UTD as an assistant men's soccer coach in the mid-1990's, Antonisse became a head coach at the University of Dallas (Irving, TX) in 1996-97, then returned to spearhead UTD women's soccer program in 1997. During his tenure at UTD, Antonisse has been crowned the ASC Coach of the Year three times.
John also coaches for the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, one of the most prestigious organizations in the country.
He also holds a USSF "A" License and an NSCAA “Premier” diploma.
Jason Hirsch (Assistant Men's Soccer Coach)
Jason Hirsch, a member on UTD's 2004 American Southwest Conference men's soccer championship team, joined his alma mater's coaching staff in 2007 as UTD's Assistant Men's Soccer and Tennis Coach.
Hirsch was a team captain and first-team all-conference midfielder for the Comets during the team's 2004 ASC Championship season, then served as a volunteer coach in 2005. A native of Plano, TX, he graduated from Plano West HS in 2001. He earned a finance degree from UTD in 2005 and worked for a financial services firm prior to entering the coaching profession.
Katie Johnson (Assistant Women's Soccer Coach)
Katie Johnson, who set a number of school goalkeeping records for UTD from 2001-2004, is another former Comet student-athlete who has returned to UTD as an assistant coach. Joining the staff in 2997, she is UTD's Assistant Women's Soccer and Tennis Coach.
Johnson set a school record by playing in 81 games during her four-year career at UTD. She also holds several UTD school records and was voted all-conference and all-region at goalkeeper three consecutive years. She was the Comets' goalkeeper during UTD's 2002 ASC Championship season. A 2001 graduate of Irving (TX) MacArthur HS, Johnson graduated with a psychology degree from UTD in 2005 and has worked in the business world for the past two years.