|Sheena Van Roekel|
Iowa Lakes Community College has a new Head Coach and Assistant Coach for soccer.
Iowa Lakes Director of Athletics Troy Larson announced today that Ammon Bennett will become the new men’s and women’s soccer coach and Sheena Van Roekel will be the assistant coach for both programs.
Bennett is looking forward to joining the coaching ranks at Iowa Lakes.
“I think that Iowa Lakes and the community of Spencer are 100 percent behind soccer,” Bennett said. “I believe we can bring in the right type of player and make the teams very competitive.”
Bennett’s family “encouraged me to take the position. They are a huge part of my success and with them behind me, this decision was easy. I’m anxious to get recruiting and build the program into a conference contender.”
Bennett owns a soccer coaching record of 226-85-23. He has spent the past two seasons coaching at William Penn University.
He initially made his mark on soccer while at Iowa Western from 2004-2008, where he quickly transformed the program into a soccer powerhouse.
Under his guidance, the women owned an 88-11-8 record and the men held a 63-30-6 mark. The women’s program won several conference and regional crowns while the 2006 and 2007 teams both finished as NJCAA national runners-up.
The men also won a league crown in 2005 and advanced to the regional tournament on numerous occasions. Bennett was NSCAA Region Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Bennett has prep level experience at Avoca High School (Iowa), Eddyville-Blacksburg High School (Iowa), and Bonneville High School (Utah). He is a 1997 graduate of Penn with a degree in physical education, coaching and health education (K-12 endorsement).
Athletic Director Troy Larson said the soccer programs will grow with Bennett at the helm of the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
“To have an experienced, successful coach in our conference and at the national level is a great thing for Iowa Lakes,” Larson said. “Ammon is a very good recruiter, has very good soccer knowledge, great ability to communicate, and has outstanding character. I am very confident that he will have our soccer programs very competitive in the near future.”
Sheena Van Roekel joins Iowa Lakes after a successful playing and coaching career at Northwestern University in Orange City. She was team captain along with honorable mention all-conference player and twice named defensive player of the year for the Red Raiders. She has taught English at Estherville Lincoln Central High School the past two years.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff for the Iowa Lakes soccer programs,” Van Roekel said. “I want to thank the committee and Athletic Director Troy Larson for all of the hard work they put into this process. My goal is to help the men's and women's soccer teams in advancing forward and developing our teams to compete with the best” in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
She loves the sport and expects to have some fun while helping to develop the program.
“Overall our goal is to give our student athletes an amazing experience. This will take a lot of hard work and discipline from our staff and players, but I believe this goal can be accomplished with the support given by the Iowa Lakes community and the families of our players,” added Van Roekel.
She will bring a lot of experience with her.
“Sheena is a great addition to the Iowa Lakes Soccer Staff,” said Athletic Director Larson. “Her soccer playing experience is first rate and the fact that she has previously been a college head coach is valuable. Sheena has great local connections being from the area and will be a very good recruiter.”
Bennett will start in his new position on Monday, May16; Van Roekel will begin her duties on July 1, according to Larson. For more information on athletics at Iowa Lakes, visit www.iowalakes.edu.