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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University found its next women'ssoccer head coach as Andy McCaslin was appointedto take over the FSU program in an announcement made by theBulldogs prior to the 2013 campaign.
McCaslin, who served as a volunteer assistant coach for FerrisState during the fall 2012 season, brings a wealth of previouscoaching experience to the position and took over for former headcoach Matt Kellogg, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAADivision I North Dakota after three years at the helm.
"After an extensive and thorough search, we found that our bestcandidate was right in our own backyard," said FSU AssociateAthletics Director Jon Coles, who coordinated thesearch process. "Andy knows the institution, our processes, theconference, and most importantly, our soccer studentathletes. He will hit the ground running and allow us to moveforward is this transition period."
In his initial season on the Bulldog staff, McCaslin helped FSUto the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)Tournament semifinals for only the second time in schoolhistory. Ferris State concluded the 2012 campaign with a9-7-3 overall record and the program's first winning season andhighest league finish since 2005.
"It's an exciting time for the program here at Ferris and I'mlooking forward to building on the success from this past seasonand continuing to build a consistent contender in the GLIAC,"McCaslin said. "I'd like to thank the search committee and stafffor their diligence and quickness in this process. It will allowthe team an opportunity to get together right away for training andreally get a jump on the non-championship portion of the year.
"There's a great group of student-athletes returning who areenergetic, love to train and want to improve every day so I'mcertainly looking forward to helping them maximize theirpotential," he added.
McCaslin, who has more than nine years of experience coaching atthe club, Olympic Development Program, high school and youth camplevels, also has six years of experience at various NCAA levels ofcompetition. In his previous positions, he's recruited atboth national and regional events and been involved with budgeting,fundraising, scheduling, travel planning, film editing along withpublic relations and more.
Prior to joining the Ferris State staff, McCaslin served as anassistant women's soccer coach at NCAA Division I Western Michiganfrom April 2011 to August 2012. The squad finished with aschool-best 14-8 overall and was ranked regionally for the firstsince since 2003. They also made a second-straightMid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament appearance and placedthird in regular-season action.
While at Western Michigan, McCaslin helped coach fiveall-conference players and three MAC All-Tournament Teamselections. Two were also honored as Academic All-Regionselections with one chosen to the Academic All-America Team. WMU also posted the nation's highest team grade point average inwomen's soccer with eight players honored as academic all-leagueselections.
Before his tenure at Western Michigan, McCaslin served as anassistant coach for a year at Division III Saint Mary's Universityin Winona, Minn. The team was ranked regionally for the firsttime in 14 years while he was there and five players receivedall-league laurels.
He originally began his collegiate career as an assistant men'ssoccer coach at NCAA Division I Valaparaiso University from 2008 to2010. Eight players were tabbed to the All-Horizon Leaguesquad in his tenure and the team set school records for both winsand goals against average. Three players went on to receiveprofessional contracts and he also served as Valpo's camp directorand created the curriculum.
A member of the United States Soccer Coaches Connection and theNational Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), McCaslin'scurrently a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" licenseholder along with being certified by the United States Youth SoccerAssociation (USYSA) as a "Y" license holder. In addition, heholds a NSCAA Premier Diploma.
McCaslin earned a bachelor's degree inenglish writing from DePauw (Ind.) University along with amaster's degree in sports administration at Valparaiso. Hewas a varsity soccer letterwinner at DePauw from 2000 to 2002 andclaimed the team's Mental Attitude Award during his collegiatecareer.
With his appointment, McCaslin became the fifth head coach inBulldog women's soccer history since the program's inception in1999.
What They AreSaying About Andy McCaslin
"I'm excited that Andy is getting this opportunity and believe hewill do a great job at Ferris State. He's worked hard toprepare himself for this opportunity and is more than ready tocontinue to take the program to a new level."
Mike Avery, head men's soccer coach,Valparaiso University
"It was obvious this past fall what Andy's level of commitment wasto the game of soccer in addition to his willingness to give backand continue to learn and grow as an individual while a volunteerat Ferris State. It was invaluable for the FSU program andthe student-athletes to have another resource and someone who wasgoing to work as hard as the head coach. Andy is a soccerjunkie who watches and studies the game. He's a great hirefor FSU and will continue the upward expectations developing forthe program after a successful year."
Dave DiIanni, head women's soccer coach,Grand Valley State University
"After an extensive and thorough search, we found that our bestcandidate was right in our own backyard. Andy knows theinstitution, our processes, the conference, and most importantly,our soccer student athletes. Andy will hit the groundrunning."
Jon Coles, Associate Athletics Director,Ferris State University
"Andy came in this past fall and helped us achieve our best recordsince 2005. It's outstanding to see him get the opportunityto take over a program that he was a big part of this past year andkeep it moving forward."
Matt Kellogg, head women's soccer coach,University of North Dakota
Former Ferris State women's soccer head coach