Joe Burger, who was the assistant coach at Drake
University in Iowa, brings not only experience in establishing a new
soccer program, but also determination and desire to develop the
Hardrocker program from scratch and turn it into a consistent and
“This is an exciting day for Hardrocker Athletics,”
said South Dakota Mines Athletics Director Dick Kaiser. “It is the
first addition of a men’s sport in over 30 years and it couldn’t come at
a better time for our institution.”
Burger, a 1995 graduate of the University of
Missouri – Kansas City (BA), has spent the last 16 years in the world of
soccer. He has a United States Federation National ‘A’ Coaching License
--- which is the highest license available.
“I am excited to have this opportunity at South
Dakota Mines. The potential of this institution and the chance to build a
program from scratch again is exciting,” Burger said. “Not a lot of
coaches get to do that in their career but to be asked to do it twice is
a great opportunity.”
Burger was the assistant men’s soccer coach at
Drake for the past five years. During that time, his duties included:
assisting in the oversight of all aspects of the men’s soccer program
(travel, team training, recruiting, game preparation, budget management,
fundraising, marketing, team strength and conditioning as well as team
While at Drake, Burger earned the College Soccer
News Top Assistant Coach of the Year (2008) and helped guide the men’s
team to a 62-40-16 overall won-loss record and earned the Bulldogs an
initial NCAA Tournament berth in 2008 and Drake's run to the Elite Eight
in 2009. Drake received 36 All-Missouri Valley Conference and 25
All-MVC Scholar-Athlete selections, respectively while Burger was
there. Nine times Bulldogs were chosen NSCAA Academic All-Americans.
Before that, Burger was the head coach at Barton
County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., from 2001-06, where he
established new men’s and women’s programs. At Barton County, he was in
charge of all aspects of the soccer programs including: team selection,
assistant coach selection, team training, recruiting, team travel, game
preparation, budget management and academic progress. While at Barton
County, Berger established a men’s record of 63-30-11 and a conference
mark of 39-8-4.
Burger was a finalist for the National Soccer
Coaches Adidas NJCAA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2005 and received the
Regional and Conference Coach of the Year Award in 2001, 2002 and 2005.
“Joe is an outstanding individual and a quality
coach. He has proven collegiate experience as a head coach and as an
assistant at a high level NCAA Div. I program. There is no question in
my mind he is the right individual to get this program off the ground,”
Kaiser said. “Coach Burger brings with him a complete understanding of
our need to attract student-athletes with high academic qualifications.
His experiences at Drake University as a recruiter were a very
attractive part of the resume he presented to us.”
By adding soccer Kaiser feels it will fulfill
multiple needs to the SD Mines Athletics Dept. There has always been a
strong club emphasis in soccer on SD Mines campus as well as a strong
interest from the student body. It also provides the Hardrockers with a
nature of compliance with Title IX as well as makes the Hardrockers more
desirable as they seek NCAA Div. II conference affiliation.
“The opportunity to help grow the game in this
part of the country was too good to pass up, “Burger said. “I think I
will be able to help do good things, not just at the college level, but
also help promote soccer in the community and give the area’s soccer
fans a good product that they can enjoy to watch and support. I want to
give them a hometown team that they can follow.
Kadlec comes 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.
“I am excited to have Jordan join the Hardrocker soccer
staff,” said Hardrocker men’s soccer coach Joe Burger. “He brings a unique
blend of playing and coaching experiences to our program. His experience gained
from his playing career at Drake will be invaluable as we keep growing the
Kadlec graduated 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. Kadlec helped Drake reach the NCAA Div. I Tournament in
2008 and the NCAA Elite 8 in 2009.
In his final two years, Kadlec earned accolades including
two-time 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 for the week.
"I think Jordan will complement me and his strengths
will add to our program," Burger said. "I'm excited to work with
Jordan and help him grow as coach. He has a bright future as a coach and I am
lucky to get someone of his caliber."
Kadlec currently holds his NSCAA “National Diploma” as well
as his USSF “D” License. Later this year, he will continue his professional
development by taking the USSF National “C” Licensing course.
“I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity that Coach
Burger and the athletic department has provided me,” Kadlec said. “I’m excited
to assist Coach Burger and help achieve his goals and vision for the Hardrocker
In addition to being the assistant men’s soccer coach,
Kadlec will be responsible for assisting sports information director Brad
Blume. Kadlec will be responsible for assistant Blume in all areas necessary to
improve the success of the Hardrocker Athletics Dept.
“I’m excited to join Brad as the assistant sports
information director and very eager to learn as much as I can from him,” Kadlec
Kadlec takes over both SID and soccer duties from Luke
Schweitzer who resigned earlier this year.