Evangel University Adding Mens and Womens Soccer

Evangel-LOGOVia Evangel Athletics – Evangel University has announced the addition of men’s and women’s soccer to its intercollegiate athletic offerings, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

This will be the first time the university has offered women’s soccer and the first time to offer men’s soccer since the 1974 season. A Men’s Coach will be hired this Fall and a Women’s Coach sometime in 2015.

Evangel will play home matches at the Lake Country Soccer Complex on East Pythian Street in Springfield. Read more at Evangel.edu

Good news as it offers another opportunity for area players. When I last looked at this topic, in 2006 shortly after a $1 million upgrade the athletic facilities at the school, I pointed out that Evangel was the only school in the Heart of America Conference that did NOT offer soccer.

I pointed out in the story that there were nine area players who were playing the game at other HAAC schools, a list that has changed somewhat since then (Jewell and Lindenwood are now D2). I think the same opportunities to attract local players as well as from their core missionary students bode well.

Central Methodist Eagles Name Dan Schmidlin Head Soccer Coach

CMU Eagles logoDan Schmidlin was hired as coach of the Central Methodist men’s and women’s soccer programs on Friday. Schmidlin was promoted after spending the 2007 season as the assistant soccer coach.

Schmidlin played soccer at Muskingum College, where he was a four-year letter winner as a defender and midfielder. His coaching career included a three-year stint as the assistant coach at Springboro High School in Ohio and various club teams, and he is an active coach in the Olympic Development Program.

The Eagles are an NAIA team that competes in the Heart of America Conference (HAAC) that feature several local players, including Kyle Bishop (Cassville 2006) and Kyle Martin (West Plains 2007) on the men’s rosters and goalkeeper Christina Ogden (Catholic 2007) on the women’s roster.new york vip escorts