January 21, 2011

Iwaszkowiec Takes Helm of Bethel Soccer Programs

Jeremy Iwaszkowiec ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - The Bethel Royals look forward to a bright future with the hiring of Jeremy Iwaszkowiec as the new head coach of the Bethel men's and women's soccer programs.

"I am extremely humbled and excited for the opportunity to lead the Bethel soccer programs," said Iwaszkowiec. "I would like to thank Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund as well as the rest of the search committee for entrusting me with this endeavor. I was very impressed with the vision the administration has for the entire student athlete experience. I look forward to working with the great faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents that make Bethel such a wonderful place."

Iwaszkowiec comes to Bethel from Murray State University in Kentucky, where he served as an assistant coach the last 2 seasons. In 2009 he helped lead the Racers to an Ohio Valley Conference championship. That same year the Racers qualified for the first round of the NCAA tournament. Prior to being at Murray State, Iwaszkowiec was the head men's and women's soccer coach at Crichton College (now known as Victory University).

Growing up in the St. Louis metro and attending Francis Howell North High School, Iwaszkowiec was a stand out prep athlete winning numerous awards. Honors included the St. Louis Metro High School player of the year, Missouri High School player of the year, NSCAA Player of the Region, and All-American selections by both the NSCAA and Parade Magazine.

After high school Jeremy played collegiately at Clemson University. While at Clemson he was a 3-year starter on 2 teams that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, and in 1998 was part of a Clemson squad that was ranked No. 1 for much of the season, before finishing with a record of 22-2. He graduated from Clemson in 1999 with a degree in marketing. In 2006 he graduated from Bethel Seminary with a master's degree in theology.

After college, Iwaszkowiec had the opportunity to continue playing as he was drafted by the Minnesota Thunder, but rather chose to pursue other interests.

Bethel athletic director Bob Bjorklund had this to say about Jeremy: "I am thrilled to have Jeremy as part of our athletic staff. He has remarkable insights into coaching that will be beneficial for the entire department. I am excited for the future of Bethel men's and women's soccer under Jeremy's devoted leadership. He will combine tremendous ability with high energy to offer a first class experience for our student athletes."

Jeremy and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Irene and Isaac.
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