Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Blake Viedenkamp enters his first season as the Head Women’s Soccer coach after two seasons as the Men's Soccer graduate assistant coach.
Blake is no stranger to Iowa Lakes as he chose to play for the Lakers in 2010. A soccer enthusiast since the age of three, he has played in championships in some of the biggest soccer tournaments in the country. In 2009, he was captain of the Spencer High School team that won the class 2A state title in Iowa.
He has been coaching for 11 years, seven of which he coached competitively for Northwest Iowa Soccer Club. At the young age of 17, Viedenkamp earned his U.S.S.F. National ‘D’ license. He has also coordinated and helped direct soccer camps all over the northwest corner of Iowa.
A graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Viedenkamp played two years for the Knights. In May of 2014, he graduated with degrees in both mathematics and physics.
Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Abbey, from Saginaw, Mich., starts her first season with Iowa Lakes as the program’s Graduate Assistant.
Abbey played goalkeeper for four years at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. As a Laker, she was a member of the 2010 and 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship teams. In the 2013 season she helped Grand Valley to an undefeated record, currently holding the second-longest streak in Div. II history for consecutive minutes (1228:08 min.) without surrendering a goal and was named 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year.
Before joining the Iowa Lakes’ family, she trained local high school goalkeepers from the Saginaw area for the past three summers; was an assistant coach for a U11 and U12 travel team; has helped work many soccer camps throughout Michigan and has her Level 1 and 2 goalkeeping licenses.
Abbey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Grand Valley State in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Iowa State University.