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.
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.”
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.”
the Hardrocker soccer program have the opportunity to start fresh as SD Mines
will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference beginning with the 2015
“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
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.
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.
promotion, Kadlec becomes the second coach of a Hardrocker men’s soccer program
which began just three years ago (2012).
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.
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.”