January 21, 2011
Iwaszkowiec Takes Helm of Bethel Soccer Programs
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
"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