Neidig to lead Women's Soccer program in 2012 and beyond
Recruiting has been a key ingredient to recent success in Bluefield Soccer
Sports Information Department BC
June 7, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Bluefield College Athletics department has officially named assistant men's soccer coach Chase Neidig to lead the women's soccer program effective immediately as the college switches to the Mid-South Conference in the fall of 2012.
Neidig, a familiar face around Bluefield College, has spent the past 15 months as the BC's Sports Information Director and men's soccer top assistant coach under head coach Peter Dryer during the 2011-2012 season.
The two coaches have combined to develop a resurging program on the men's side in 2011, and have very high expecations for their incoming class for the upcoming 2012 season.
Head Coach Chase Neidig has spent the past five years in a variety of roles before his arrival in Bluefield including two coaching positions at the high school level in both Indiana and Ohio. During those coaching stints, he collected a total of nine wins and 23 losses. Both programs were he helped, doubled their total number of wins in just a one-year span.
While he was coaching at the high school level, his full-time position was in the development of two professional soccer organizations in the Cleveland City Stars (former USL-2) and the recent popular Dayton Dutch Lions (USL-PRO).
He in fact was the very first employee at DDL, and was instrumental in the cultivation of the entire organization from its Academy, professional team, Super 20's and W-League- all of which who play under the umbrella of the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
Early in life, Neidig spent several years in The Gambia, West Africa, where he is convinced his passion for soccer was designed. "I was in club youth soccer growing up, but I believe my experience as a child in a third-world country--always being around the game of soccer is why I will always be in 'the game' somehow," added Neidig.
His 'tours around the world' didn't stop in Africa, as Neidig would go onto play after college in Czech Republic as part of an exchange agreement when touring with USL-PRO side, Charlotte Eagles. He would spend the rest of the season with Pisek FC, a third-division side just outside Prague, Czech Republic before ending his short professional career due to a tough knee injury.
Neidig loves his opportunity at the NAIA level to make a difference with his student-athletes. "I love the opportunity for interaction, community and real relationships, proclaimed Neidig. "I can really invest the time with potential recruits while on the road that I couldn't at the NCAA level."
There's a reason why he enjoys this. Bluefield's new women's head coach played his collegiate ball at a similar NAIA institution like BC at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. His experience with their program and head coach Matt Hotchkin was a reason he is still in the game today. "I owe a lot to Coach Hotchkin. He gave me a ton of great advice as I made the switch to the college level in regards to coaching, managing and my personal life. He has been a great role model for me, hence why we are so close to this day."
Coach Neidig not only holds experience at the playing and coaching level, but also as a business owner in the soccer industry. As owner of Tourbeau Sports Group, an innovative sports development company, he has been able to use his connections from TSG to broaden Bluefield's name across the country in the game of soccer. Tourbeau Sprorts is a player and event management company specializing in marketing and media production for players and sporting organizations.
"I believe Tourbeau Sports has been an added bonus for recruitment on the men's program at Bluefield so far due to my involvement with so many national soccer events and connections I have at the professional," added Neidig. "I plan to use the same strategy for the women's program as well."
His role as women's soccer head coach is well under way as he is preparing his first-ever college program (as head coach) for a highly-competitive 2012 season. The season includes a trip to Georgia (versus two NAIA programs, one in the tough SSAC vs. Emmanuel) and its first competitive conference season in the Mid-South Conference. The Lady Rams will travel to #3 team in the nation, Lindsey Wilson College, in September.
He will also stay on as the men's soccer top assistant for the program, while his duties as Sports Information Director will no longer exist.