By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Indiana Hoosiers has hired Erwin van Bennekom as their new Women’s Soccer Head Coach. He arrives in Bloomington, Indiana after spending four seasons as an assistant coach with the Duke Blue Devils.
During his tenure with the Blue Devils, the team went 68-17-11. They also went 29-6-5 record in conference play. It is the best four-year period in program history.
“Erwin quickly rose to the top of an outstanding pool of candidates, and it was encouraging and exciting to have such interest in this position,” Athletic Director Fred Glass said. “Erwin has demonstrated at the highest levels of intercollegiate and international soccer an ability to develop young women into strong leaders academically, athletically and personally.”
He also spent one season as the Alabama Crimson Tide assistant coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach with Sky Blue FC in the NWSL.
He began his collegiate coaching career at NJIT for three seasons. He also was the Director of Girl’s Coaching for STA Soccer Club in 2013. From 2010 through 2013, he was a head coach in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, where he coached the Jersey Blues, Real New Jersey SC Power, NJ Elite ’95, and STA Magic.
“This is a tremendous honor,” van Bennekom said. “IU is a destination job, and I want to thank Fred Glass and Stephen Harper for the opportunity to join such a prestigious institution. I am very excited to get to work and be a part of the Hoosier family. I want to thank Duke Director of Athletics Dr. White, Deputy Director of Athletics Dr. Kennedy and head women’s soccer coach Robbie Church for all their support and guidance over the years.
“It was a privilege to work with the student-athletes at Duke University. I’m going to make the most of this tremendous opportunity, and make IU and the state of Indiana very proud of the product that we put out on field.”
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