Ammon 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).
COACHING HISTORY - Women
- Overall record of 145-28-14 (includes NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA)
- 2006, 2007National Runner Up (NJCAA)
- 2006, 2007 District Champions (NJCAA)
- 7 conference titles (2000, 2001, 2002 William Penn) (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 IWCC)
- 7 conference tournament titles
- Qualified for regional play seven different occasions
- 2000 and 2002, 2006, 2007& 2008 conference coach of the year (IIAC and MCC)
- 2006 & 2007 Regional Coach of the year (NSCAA)
- Most victories in school history (WPU 57) (IWCC 88)
- Ranked #1 for four weeks during the 2008 season (IWCC)
- Finished 2006 &2007season ranked #2 by the NJCAA and NSCAA
- Finished 2004 season ranked 14th by NJCAA
- Finished the 2001 season ranked 20th in the country(NAIA) by the NSCAA
- Defeated Southern Utah University (Division I) we are NAIA and Dixie State College (Defending NJCAA national champions)
- Defeated Dixie State College 2005 2-0 (Dixie ranked #1 in country)
- Defeated #1 Monroe Community College (Two time defending national champions) at NJCAA National Tournament (2006)
William Penn University
|2000||NCAA III||14-3-2||Conference Champions
NCAA tournament qualifier,
First round win against Webster University 1-0
|2001||NAIA||20-1||Conference Champions (ranked 20th by the NSCAA)
Lost in Regional Semi-Final 4-3 penalty Kicks
Lost in Regional Final 4-3 penalty Kicks
Iowa Western Community College
|2004||NJCAA||14-3-2||First Year Program
Won Conference and Regional Title
Lost in District Semi-Final 2-0
|2005||NJCAA||14-2-3||Lost in Region Final 1-0|
|2006||NJCAA||20-2-1||Conference, Region and District Champions
Finished season Ranked #2 by the NJCAA and NSCAA
National Runner up in National Championship Game
|2007||NJCAA||22-2-1||Conference, Region and District Champions
National Runner up
|2008||NJCAA||18-3-1||Conference and Region Champions|
Overall Record: 145-28-14
Sheena Van Roekel
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.