Kadlec new head coach

Heads Coach:Jordan Kadlec
Phone: 605-394-2642
Email: Jordan.Kadlec@sdsmt.edu  
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Jordan Kadlec has been promoted to the head position of the Hardrocker men’s soccer program.

 At the conclusion of the 2014 campaign, Kadlec guided the Hardrockers through the offseason --- planning workouts, overseeing the day-to-day operations and heading the recruiting efforts for next season.

  “Jordan has shown exceptional leadership skills over the last two months as the interim head soccer coach of our program,” said Hardrocker Athletics Director Joel Lueken. “I truly believe Jordan will do an exceptional job of recruiting the scholar-athletes needed to compete in the (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) in the present and the future.”

Kadlec served as SD Mines men’s soccer assistant coach for one season (2014) aiding the Hardrocker program as it competed in its final season as an affiliate member the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).

  “I am extremely humbled, grateful and privileged to be named as the next head coach of the South Dakota School of Mines men’s soccer program,” Kadlec said. “I would like to thank President Heather Wilson, Athletics Director Joel Lueken and the University for this tremendous opportunity to lead this program in a positive direction.”

Kadlec and the Hardrocker soccer program have the opportunity to start fresh as SD Mines will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference beginning with the 2015 campaign.

“I believe making the transition from the GNAC to the RMAC will help serve as a new beginning for our program,” Kadlec said. “We fully expect to be competitive in all of our conference matchups --- and I know our athletes are excited for an opportunity for post-season competition.”

Kadlec came to SD Mines after stints at Grand Junction Soccer Club in Colorado and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky). While in Grand Junction, Kadlec was the head coach for the Under-11 boys’ and Under-14 girls’ premier teams. At Cumberlands, Kadlec served as a graduate assistant and was responsible for recruiting, daily training of goalkeepers as well as monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes.

Kadlec has a strong playing background, graduating from Drake University (Iowa) in 2012 with a degree in Finance. Kadlec spent five years as a goalkeeper for the Bulldogs men’s soccer program where he helped Drake reach the NCAA Div. I Championship Tournament in 2008 and the NCAA Elite 8 in 2009.

In his final two years of collegiate competition, Kadlec earned accolades including: two-time Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) All-Tournament Team, two-time MVC Honorable Mention Team, three-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week, and once was named the College Soccer News National goalkeeper of The Week.

With the promotion, Kadlec becomes the second coach of a Hardrocker men’s soccer program which began just three years ago (2012).

“After serving as an assistant last season, I knew the South Dakota School of Mines was somewhere I wanted to continue my coaching career,” Kadlec said. “The culture of the Hardrocker Athletic Dept. is second to none and I’m extremely excited to continue to be a part of it.

“The number one goal for the soccer program is to graduate these scholar-athletes. We have a fantastic group of scholar-athletes who are committed to the pursuit of excellence both in the classroom and on the soccer field.”

Andrew Conniff

Assistant Coach: Andrew Conniff
Phone: 605-394-2642
Email: Andrew.Conniff@sdsmt.edu


The South Dakota Mines men’s soccer program and Hardrocker men’s soccer head coach Jordan Kadlec are pleased to welcome new assistant coach Andrew Conniff who joins the coaching staff after playing a season with the Brisbane Wolves in Australia. 

  “We are extremely excited to have Andrew join our coaching staff,” Kadlec said.  “His playing and coaching experience will be invaluable to our program as we progress towards our goals in 2015 and beyond. Andrew possesses a tremendous amount of character and will fit in very well with the culture we are creating within the Hardrocker Soccer program.”

  Prior to his time in Australia, Conniff worked as the Director of Operations for the University of Central Arkansas men’s soccer program.

  “I would like to thank Coach Kadlec and SD Mines Athletics for adding me to their staff.  I feel that I have a lot to bring to the men’s soccer program here,” says Conniff.

  Conniff received his Master’s degree in Sport Law and Society from Leeds Beckett University in England.  While studying, Conniff played with Eccleshill United, a semi-professional club, and had the opportunity to train with Bradford City’s Under-21 team.

  “I feel very blessed to come to SD Mines.  I am eager to start this season and take this program in a new direction,” Conniff said. “Coach Kadlec and I have a lot of the same ideas for how to make this a successful team and winning program.  I am looking forward to working with him and to get on the field to train our players in the next few weeks,” says Conniff.

  After graduating with Cum Laude honors from Benedictine University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts, Conniff began training with Bridges FC in Chicago.  Bridges FC exposed Conniff to training at a professional level as several MLS players as well as professional players from overseas came to train during their offseason.

  After his first year at Benedictine University Conniff moved just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia for the summer season with Abbotsford Mariners, then in the Premier Development League.  Here Conniff was exposed to Premier League Academy training as Bolton FC Academy Coaches came out for a month to train the team.

  Conniff will also assume duties in the Sports Information Office assisting Sports Information Director Brad Blume.

  “It’s great to have Andrew on board,” Blume said. “Along with his coaching and playing background, he has a lot of experience in the world of journalism that will be beneficial to the Hardrocker Athletic Dept.”

  Conniff grew up in Corvallis, Oregon where he played for Corvallis United Soccer Club and then Eugene Metros FC.



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