SHERIDAN — Sheridan College has named a current assistant volleyball coach as its first men’s soccer coach.
The college announced Tuesday afternoon that Austin Albers will be the head coach of the Generals soccer team. Albers makes the move after spending one year as assistant coach with the Lady Generals volleyball team. He graduated from Black Hills State University in May 2012.
“Soccer is truly an exciting game,” Albers stated in a press release from the college Tuesday. “This community and the state of Wyoming really support the sport, and I am excited to have the opportunity to build this program.
“We have a lot of students that have already expressed interested in playing,” he continued, “and I am looking forward to putting together our inaugural team. They will take the field for our first season this fall.”
Albers attended Western Nebraska University on a soccer scholarship before a knee injury prompted him to change his plans and he joined the volleyball coaching staff at Black Hills in his hometown of Spearfish, S.D. He coached there for three years while earning his bachelor’s in exercise science management with a minor in athletic coaching.
Since joining Sheridan College last year, Albers served as recruiting coordinator for head volleyball coach Jennifer Weitzel and helped sign nine players to the 2013 Lady Generals recruiting class. He takes over the first-year SC soccer program, shifting his recruiting focus to form the first-ever SC men’s soccer team in 2013.
“I am so pleased that Austin will be serving our student-athletes in this new capacity,” Sheridan College Athletics Director Steve Smiley said in the release. “Austin has proven himself time and again to be forward-thinking, energetic and student-focused.
“Our entire coaching staff has expressed such confidence in him and his ability to build this program from the ground up. He has an instant advantage, given that he is here, now, and will hit the ground running.”
Sheridan College named Stefan Skillman as their women’s coach last week. The two teams will join the NJCAA Region IX conference, beginning competition this fall.