From west Texas to Newman Jets: Victor Domingues takes the helm of men’s soccer team

Mar 30, 2023

Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor announced Victor Domingues as the head men’s soccer coach on Wednesday, making him the third coach in program history.

“We are excited for the direction of our men’s soccer program. Victor brings dedication and a passion for the game of soccer unlike any other,” said Pryor. “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to our search committee who worked diligently in ensuring the proper fit for the mission of our athletic department and the future of NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer in Wichita.”

Brings experience and passion to the Jets

Domingues comes to Newman after being selected to serve as the first head coach of the National Premier Soccer League’s West Texas FC on Jan. 17. Prior to that, he spent three years as the assistant coach and the 2022 season as head coach for University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) men’s soccer. In February, UTPB announced the discontinuation of its men’s soccer and men’s cross-country programs.

Domingues helped lead the Falcons to their first winning season since joining the Lone Star Conference (LSC) in the spring of 2021. The Falcons finished fourth in the LSC and just missed the postseason due to a goal differential tiebreaker. UTPB had three all-conference selections and an all-freshman team member.

Domingues, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native, played at Lubbock Christian where he was a wing and central midfielder for four years. He also served as an assistant coach at Defiance College in Ohio, where he helped the team post their best conference record in program history.

“I’m excited to come into a program that I can make a difference, an impact and get back to having success, as history of this program shows,” said Domingues. “Our team will be disciplined defensively, tough to break down and look to make teams uncomfortable through high pressing and intensity. Offensively, we will look to be dynamic and creative going forward to provide an exciting environment for the community to come out and support an energetic squad.”

Leading the charge: Domingues aims to turn Newman team around

The Jets have struggled recently with back-to-back one-win seasons but look to return to their winning ways in 2023 and beyond. Newman and Domingues will continue spring season work through the remainder of the semester.

Newman Director of Athletics Joanna Pryor

Upon his hiring, Domingues expressed his excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to lead the Jets: “I’d like to thank everyone at Newman for helping me with this transition and providing a positive, supportive and welcoming environment. Most importantly, I would like to thank Joanna for believing and trusting in me to lead these young men and change the culture within Newman University men’s soccer.”

He added, “I’m extremely excited to get going, let’s go Jets!”

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