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.”
|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
“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
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.