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We have a new women's soccer coach.  Erwin van Bennekom as the new head coach of the Indiana Women's Soccer program. One of the nation's elite assistant coaches, van Bennekom comes to Indiana as the fourth head coach in program history after four seasons at Duke University, where he served as associate head coach during the most successful stretch in Duke Women's Soccer's illustrious history.

Full story at link below.

https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2018/12/4/indiana-university-welcomes-erwin-van-bennekom-as-head-womens-soccer-coach.aspx

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We have a new women's soccer coach.  Erwin van Bennekom as the new head coach of the Indiana Women's Soccer program. One of the nation's elite assistant coaches, van Bennekom comes to Indiana as the fourth head coach in program history after four seasons at Duke University, where he served as associate head coach during the most successful stretch in Duke Women's Soccer's illustrious history.
Full story at link below.
https://iuhoosiers.com/news/2018/12/4/indiana-university-welcomes-erwin-van-bennekom-as-head-womens-soccer-coach.aspx

Dk anything about him, but love the name! Sounds like a soccer dynasty name to me. “During the van Bennekom era”....


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Women’s Soccer Names Bri Young as Assistant Coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women's Soccer Head Coach Erwin van Bennekom today announced the hiring of Bri Young as assistant coach. Young comes to Indiana after three seasons as an assistant at the University of Kansas.
 
"Bri is one of the best young coaches in the game and we are very excited to have her on board," said van Bennekom. "The Indiana Women's Soccer program just got a lot better. She's played for some of the best club and college coaches in the country and has worked with some of the top soccer minds in the game. Bri is professional, personable and her attention to detail, competitiveness, high standards and pure love for the game is unmatched." 
 
Young helped lead the Jayhawks to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in two of her three seasons in Lawrence, including a 2018 campaign that saw Kansas finish the year 12-6-3, tied for the sixth-most wins in program history.
 
Young coached a pair of All-Big 12 and United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections in forwards Grace Hagan and Katie McClure. Under Young's tutelage, Hagan concluded her impressive Jayhawk career with 25 goals, the fifth-most in program history. In 2018, McClure netted 11 goals, tied for fifth-most in the Kansas record books.
 
"I'm so excited to be at Indiana," said Young. "Erwin is an amazing coach with so much knowledge and I can't wait to learn from him. Indiana is everything a soccer player would want in a school and I am grateful to the university for this opportunity. It's a beautiful campus filled with so much history and resources, the facilities are top of the line and the support around student athletes is second to none. It's a place where we can truly be successful and I can't wait to get started."
 
Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Young spent three seasons at Texas Tech, serving as director of operations and volunteer assistant coach. As a member of the coaching staff, Young helped lead Texas Tech to two of its best campaigns in program history, as well as three NCAA Tournament berths, including the program's first ever berth to the Round of 16 in 2014. The following season, Texas Tech clinched its first Big 12 Tournament Title.
 
Young began her coaching career by serving on the staff at Chaparral High School (Colo.), as well as three different staffs within Real Colorado, one of the premier youth clubs in the nation.
 
The Castle Pines North, Colo. native had a decorated playing career at Texas A&M, where she was a two-time All-American and a member of the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. In addition, she twice earned All-Big 12 accolades was named Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2011.
 
In addition to her success with Texas A&M, Young had impressive showings with both the U.S. U-23 National Team and the U-20 squad as she represented both internationally.
 
Young graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a degree in sports management and recently earned her MBA from Kansas.

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Indiana Women's Soccer has announced another addition to its 2019 class as head coach Erwin van Bennekom has signed midfielder Bria Telemaque to join the Hoosiers this fall.

 "Bria has been on my radar for the last few years and we are extremely happy to add a player of her caliber to our roster this late in the process," said van Bennekom. "Bria is a versatile midfielder, physically gifted and has a very good tactical sense for the game."
 
The East Lansing, Mich. native joins fellow Midwest United FC teammate Avery Lockwood, who signed with Indiana in January.
 
Telemaque, who has previously played club for the Michigan Hawks, is rated as a three-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com and was an invitee to the U16 Girls U.S. Youth National Team Camp in Carson, Calif. In addition, she participated in the Olympic Development Program's Interregional events in Boca Raton, Fla. during her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning 2001 All-Star Team accolades both times.
 
Telemaque attends Okemos High School, where she led her team to a varsity district title during her freshman year. At Okemos, she also played basketball and ran track and cross country. Telemaque earned Lansing State Journal Dream Team honors in both soccer and track.

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Indiana Women's Soccer has announced another addition to its 2019 class as head coach Erwin van Bennekom has signed midfielder Bria Telemaque to join the Hoosiers this fall.

 "Bria has been on my radar for the last few years and we are extremely happy to add a player of her caliber to our roster this late in the process," said van Bennekom. "Bria is a versatile midfielder, physically gifted and has a very good tactical sense for the game."
 
The East Lansing, Mich. native joins fellow Midwest United FC teammate Avery Lockwood, who signed with Indiana in January.
 
Telemaque, who has previously played club for the Michigan Hawks, is rated as a three-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com and was an invitee to the U16 Girls U.S. Youth National Team Camp in Carson, Calif. In addition, she participated in the Olympic Development Program's Interregional events in Boca Raton, Fla. during her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning 2001 All-Star Team accolades both times.
 
Telemaque attends Okemos High School, where she led her team to a varsity district title during her freshman year. At Okemos, she also played basketball and ran track and cross country. Telemaque earned Lansing State Journal Dream Team honors in both soccer and track.

More impressive to be earning All-Star Team accolades as a 1 year old or that she was a freshman and sophomore at 1? 

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IU Names Doug Starnes as Director of Goalkeeping/Assistant Coach

 Indiana Women's Soccer head coach Erwin van Bennekom today announced the addition of Doug Starnes as the team's director of goalkeeping/assistant coach.
 
"We're excited to have Doug join the Indiana Women's Soccer program," said van Bennekom. "In hiring a staff, I was looking for specialists and Doug is a specialist in coaching the goalkeeper position. He and his family have deep connections to not only the state of Indiana, but Indiana University as well. We look forward to Doug helping elevate our program to the standards we strive to be at."
 
"I am really thankful to Erwin and Indiana University for this unique and exciting opportunity," said Starnes. "I am humbled and flattered to have been invited to join the women's soccer staff and I can't wait to dive in and get to work. All of the pieces are here to build something really special and I'm proud to have a part to play."  
 
Starnes comes to Indiana after spending the 2018 campaign with IUPUI working with the goalkeepers. Prior to his stint in Indianapolis, Starnes spent four seasons with DePauw, including acting as interim coach during the entire 2017 season.
 
With the Tigers, Starnes helped guide DePauw to the program's first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference regular season title in 2015. In addition, DePauw went on to capture just its second NCAC Tournament championship on the way to clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season with a 12-7-2 mark.
 
Since June 2018, Starnes has served as the 2001 Girls Head Coach and Girls Club Recruiting Advisor for Hoosier FC, a premier club in Indianapolis. Starnes has also spent time with Indiana Fire Juniors as the Senior Girls Coach and Goalkeeper Coach. From 2014-16, he worked with the Indiana Olympic Development Program as the Goalkeeper Coordinator, managing the goalkeeping staff and training goalkeepers selected by the regional and national pools.
 
Other soccer experience for Starnes included serving as an opposition scout for Indy Eleven in 2015, where he scouted NASL opponents and prepared match analysis reports.
 
Prior to his work in soccer, Starnes spent seven years working with the federal government in the Department of Justice.
 
Starnes graduated from Baylor University in 2002 with a degree in History and was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. In addition, Starnes received his Master's in Sports Management from Indiana State in 2017, holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and is working towards his United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.

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Indy Star:

7th grade Indiana soccer phenom commits to IU: 'She is relentless'

An Indiana seventh-grade soccer midfielder who is wickedly fast, sports the nickname Turbo and, according to her coach, is "pulling off moves Division I players can't" has verbally committed to play at Indiana University.

First, though, Lexi Watkins is 13. She has another year of middle school, then four years of high school before she graduates in 2024

"I was super excited, but I was kind of shocked," said Watkins, as she took a break from training Wednesday after school. "I'm like, 'Wow, I'm 13. Most kids don't do this until they are juniors or seniors.'"

Lexi Watkins, 13, started playing soccer when she was 4. Coaches immediately noticed her passion for the sport.

Lexi Watkins, 13, started playing soccer when she was 4. Coaches immediately noticed her passion for the sport. (Photo: Provided by Watkins family)

 

Most don't, but...

"She is just this phenomenal athlete, really fast and really physical," said Keith Cheek, who has coached Lexi for the past seven years, "and her athletic ability and soccer ability is off the charts."

Talent is one thing, but what's made Watkins rise to the top of the state (No.1 in her age group) and among the 15 best in the country, he said, is her drive, work ethic and passion.

"She is relentless," he said.  

Cheek remembers a tiny Watkins looking him straight in the eye at age 6 and saying: "I'm going to play in the Olympics." She is training now in the Olympic developmental program.

IU coach Erwin van Bennekom liked what he heard about this fierce player. He made the offer March 15 for Watkins, who lives in Lawrenceburg, to play at IU.

Other colleges, major Division I soccer colleges, had been eyeing the 5-foot phenom. Kansas. Kansas State. Illinois. Wisconsin. Watkins jumped at the chance to play at IU.

"I really liked the environment, the campus. I liked Erwin a lot as a coach," she said. "I like how it's local. It's still in Indiana."

Watkins' verbal commitment to IU is non-binding. She can't sign a binding national letter of intent for another four years. Until then, both she and the university are free to change their minds at any time. IU, for example, can pull out if Watkins' doesn't continue to develop as expected.  

Lexi Watkins, a seventh grader, has verbally committed to play at IU.

Lexi Watkins, a seventh grader, has verbally committed to play at IU. (Photo: Provided by Keith Cheet)

 

It's unlikely that will happen on van Bennekom's end. Due to NCAA rules, he can't talk specifically about Watkins, but said women's Division I soccer recruiting is extremely competitive. Snagging players early is key.

"My philosophy is not to recruit a seventh grader. We would like to recruit a senior in high school," said van Bennekom, who came to IU in December after four years at Duke. "Problem is, all those seniors are gone."

'That kid's got it'

Watkins was 4 when she started started playing soccer. Her grandpa was from Greece and soccer was his thing. He couldn't wait to watch his granddaughter play. He saw something  in her.

"She's going to be so good," he would say.

Watkins' mom and dad, Tess and William, promptly signed her up for a league. Watkins' grandpa, who was battling cancer at the time, died before he got to see her play. But he was right.

Coaches started noticing the fire inside Watkins on the field. "You know when some kids got it? That kid's got it," they would tell her mom.

"When she was just a little thing, she would score and start running in circles with her hands up in the air," Tess said. "It was wild to watch her."

And yet, as Watkins grew older — and even better at the sport — she never acted like it.

"She has not one bit of attitude or cockiness with all this she has achieved," said Cheek, who coaches Watkins' Tempest Shockers U-15 team, where she plays up two years against freshmen. 

And soccer isn't Watkins' only sport. She played on the middle school basketball team and does gymnastics for strength and flexibility. Before she chose soccer as her main sport, Watkins won an Ohio State title in gymnastics at age 7.

Lexi Watkins (left) with her brother, Dillon, after she verbally committed to play soccer for IU.

Lexi Watkins (left) with her brother, Dillon, after she verbally committed to play soccer for IU. (Photo: Provided by Watkins family)

"She is a very focused young lady," said her mom. "She is more driven than any child I've ever seen. Her drive to become the best is way above most. All out. No fear."  

When she got home Wednesday from school, Watkins did her homework and then asked her mom to take her to train. Between practices, training, games and tournaments, Watkins spends anywhere from 12 and 30 hours each week on soccer. 

"I just love playing with my teammates and by myself," she said. "I love doing moves and beating defenders and scoring goals. I just love the game in general."

Her older brother Dillon, who is 20, taught her a lot about what it takes to succeed. He was a high school football standout and racked up tons of sports trophies .

When Watkins was little, she would walk into his room and count those trophies, then tell her family, "I will get more than him."

Sometimes it doesn't stick

Young athletes making verbal commitments in middle school are rare, but not unheard of.

Carmel softball player Stormy Kotzelnick, now a junior, made a verbal commitment to play for Washington as an eighth grader. She was the first in the nation of her 2020 recruiting class to pledge to a Division I college.  

Three years later, in September, she was ranked the seventh best player in the nation for her class. Kotzelnick has no plans to change her college allegiance, her dad, John, said on Thursday.

Stormy Kotzelnick of Carmel plans to play at Washington, a decision she verbally committed to as an eighth grader.

Stormy Kotzelnick of Carmel plans to play at Washington, a decision she verbally committed to as an eighth grader. (Photo: Provided by the Kotzelnick family)

 

For Katlyn Gilbert, a basketball player who committed verbally to the University of Evansville as a seventh grader, that pledge didn't stick. She is now a freshman playing at Notre Dame.

Making a commitment to Evansville so young was something her mom told IndyStar was due to their belief in then-coach Oties Epps and the relief of locking up a college scholarship early.

Epps is no longer the coach at Evansville and, as Gilbert developed in high school, the 5-10 player became a force. Her freshman year, she helped Heritage Christian win the Class 2A state title, then added a 3A title in 2016. In 2018, she and IU's Romeo Langford were the only Indiana players to make the McDonald's All American game.

Gilbert was recruited by high-profile programs, including Purdue, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Connecticut and Vanderbilt, among others. She chose Notre Dame.

IU's van Bennekom said his goal is to win a national championship by bringing in the best players he can. And, he would like to recruit as many of those locally as possible. Watkins is the first step in doing that.

"It's really hard in seventh grade (to know)," van Bennekom said. "You don’t know how somebody is going to develop."

It's about making a best prediction based on the present information, he said.

Cheek spoke extensively to van Bennekom about Watkins.

"His perspective is she is already No. 1 at her age in the state of Indiana and the top 10 or 15 in the country," Cheek said. "For him, it was a no brainer locking her up right now."

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Indy Star:

7th grade Indiana soccer phenom commits to IU: 'She is relentless'

An Indiana seventh-grade soccer midfielder who is wickedly fast, sports the nickname Turbo and, according to her coach, is "pulling off moves Division I players can't" has verbally committed to play at Indiana University.

First, though, Lexi Watkins is 13. She has another year of middle school, then four years of high school before she graduates in 2024

"I was super excited, but I was kind of shocked," said Watkins, as she took a break from training Wednesday after school. "I'm like, 'Wow, I'm 13. Most kids don't do this until they are juniors or seniors.'"

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Lexi Watkins, 13, started playing soccer when she was 4. Coaches immediately noticed her passion for the sport. (Photo: Provided by Watkins family)

 

Most don't, but...

"She is just this phenomenal athlete, really fast and really physical," said Keith Cheek, who has coached Lexi for the past seven years, "and her athletic ability and soccer ability is off the charts."

Talent is one thing, but what's made Watkins rise to the top of the state (No.1 in her age group) and among the 15 best in the country, he said, is her drive, work ethic and passion.

"She is relentless," he said.  

Cheek remembers a tiny Watkins looking him straight in the eye at age 6 and saying: "I'm going to play in the Olympics." She is training now in the Olympic developmental program.

IU coach Erwin van Bennekom liked what he heard about this fierce player. He made the offer March 15 for Watkins, who lives in Lawrenceburg, to play at IU.

Other colleges, major Division I soccer colleges, had been eyeing the 5-foot phenom. Kansas. Kansas State. Illinois. Wisconsin. Watkins jumped at the chance to play at IU.

"I really liked the environment, the campus. I liked Erwin a lot as a coach," she said. "I like how it's local. It's still in Indiana."

Watkins' verbal commitment to IU is non-binding. She can't sign a binding national letter of intent for another four years. Until then, both she and the university are free to change their minds at any time. IU, for example, can pull out if Watkins' doesn't continue to develop as expected.  

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Lexi Watkins, a seventh grader, has verbally committed to play at IU. (Photo: Provided by Keith Cheet)

 

It's unlikely that will happen on van Bennekom's end. Due to NCAA rules, he can't talk specifically about Watkins, but said women's Division I soccer recruiting is extremely competitive. Snagging players early is key.

"My philosophy is not to recruit a seventh grader. We would like to recruit a senior in high school," said van Bennekom, who came to IU in December after four years at Duke. "Problem is, all those seniors are gone."

'That kid's got it'

Watkins was 4 when she started started playing soccer. Her grandpa was from Greece and soccer was his thing. He couldn't wait to watch his granddaughter play. He saw something  in her.

"She's going to be so good," he would say.

Watkins' mom and dad, Tess and William, promptly signed her up for a league. Watkins' grandpa, who was battling cancer at the time, died before he got to see her play. But he was right.

Coaches started noticing the fire inside Watkins on the field. "You know when some kids got it? That kid's got it," they would tell her mom.

"When she was just a little thing, she would score and start running in circles with her hands up in the air," Tess said. "It was wild to watch her."

And yet, as Watkins grew older — and even better at the sport — she never acted like it.

"She has not one bit of attitude or cockiness with all this she has achieved," said Cheek, who coaches Watkins' Tempest Shockers U-15 team, where she plays up two years against freshmen. 

And soccer isn't Watkins' only sport. She played on the middle school basketball team and does gymnastics for strength and flexibility. Before she chose soccer as her main sport, Watkins won an Ohio State title in gymnastics at age 7.

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Lexi Watkins (left) with her brother, Dillon, after she verbally committed to play soccer for IU. (Photo: Provided by Watkins family)

"She is a very focused young lady," said her mom. "She is more driven than any child I've ever seen. Her drive to become the best is way above most. All out. No fear."  

When she got home Wednesday from school, Watkins did her homework and then asked her mom to take her to train. Between practices, training, games and tournaments, Watkins spends anywhere from 12 and 30 hours each week on soccer. 

"I just love playing with my teammates and by myself," she said. "I love doing moves and beating defenders and scoring goals. I just love the game in general."

Her older brother Dillon, who is 20, taught her a lot about what it takes to succeed. He was a high school football standout and racked up tons of sports trophies .

When Watkins was little, she would walk into his room and count those trophies, then tell her family, "I will get more than him."

Sometimes it doesn't stick

Young athletes making verbal commitments in middle school are rare, but not unheard of.

Carmel softball player Stormy Kotzelnick, now a junior, made a verbal commitment to play for Washington as an eighth grader. She was the first in the nation of her 2020 recruiting class to pledge to a Division I college.  

Three years later, in September, she was ranked the seventh best player in the nation for her class. Kotzelnick has no plans to change her college allegiance, her dad, John, said on Thursday.

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Stormy Kotzelnick of Carmel plans to play at Washington, a decision she verbally committed to as an eighth grader. (Photo: Provided by the Kotzelnick family)

 

For Katlyn Gilbert, a basketball player who committed verbally to the University of Evansville as a seventh grader, that pledge didn't stick. She is now a freshman playing at Notre Dame.

Making a commitment to Evansville so young was something her mom told IndyStar was due to their belief in then-coach Oties Epps and the relief of locking up a college scholarship early.

Epps is no longer the coach at Evansville and, as Gilbert developed in high school, the 5-10 player became a force. Her freshman year, she helped Heritage Christian win the Class 2A state title, then added a 3A title in 2016. In 2018, she and IU's Romeo Langford were the only Indiana players to make the McDonald's All American game.

Gilbert was recruited by high-profile programs, including Purdue, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Connecticut and Vanderbilt, among others. She chose Notre Dame.

IU's van Bennekom said his goal is to win a national championship by bringing in the best players he can. And, he would like to recruit as many of those locally as possible. Watkins is the first step in doing that.

"It's really hard in seventh grade (to know)," van Bennekom said. "You don’t know how somebody is going to develop."

It's about making a best prediction based on the present information, he said.

Cheek spoke extensively to van Bennekom about Watkins.

"His perspective is she is already No. 1 at her age in the state of Indiana and the top 10 or 15 in the country," Cheek said. "For him, it was a no brainer locking her up right now."


She is good. My daughter played ODP with her and while small, I thought she was the best player. She did not score a lot so most assume another player was the star but I always thought Lexi was great. I should be a scout ha


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The epidemic isn't confined to basketball.  From Todd Bramble, head coach of George Mason Women's Soccer:  In case you’re wondering, there are over 740 women’s soccer players on the NCAA Transfer Portal right now! Seems like a lot. One theory is this is a product of players committing as freshmen/sophomores. This is unhealthy for universities, families and student athletes alike.

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The epidemic isn't confined to basketball.  From Todd Bramble, head coach of George Mason Women's Soccer:  In case you’re wondering, there are over 740 women’s soccer players on the NCAA Transfer Portal right now! Seems like a lot. One theory is this is a product of players committing as freshmen/sophomores. This is unhealthy for universities, families and student athletes alike.

Interesting. I wonder what % of available players that is and then I wonder how that compares to non athletes and their transfers from one school to another.


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