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.”



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