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Head coach Kevin Sherry enters his 11th season at the helm
In 2006, Sherry led Western Illinois to its first Mid-Continent Championship finals. The Westerwinds lost their conference championship in a shootout in just his second year with the program. Western Illinois finished with an 11-7-1 record and a 3-3-0 record in the Mid-Continent Conference, earning more overall wins than any other team in school history.
Sherry inherited a Westerwind team what was 24-111-7 and since arriving in 2005 he compiled a 20-13-4 record. Before his arrival at Western Illinois, the Westerwinds went 3-12-3 in 2004. Sherry turned the team's record around by six-and-a-half games in his first year, and the Westerwinds were recognized as one of the NCAA's most improved programs.
Sherry has been recognized by the NCAA as having the second best winning percentage among active coaches with a minimum of five years as a collegiate head coach, but less than five years at a the Division I level. He has compiled a record of 72-30-14 as a head coach at the collegiate ranks.
Before coaching at Western Illinois, Sherry was the head women's soccer coach at Graceland University where he led the program to its biggest successes and turned a losing program into a winning one.
In his final year at Graceland, Sherry led the team to an 18-0-5 record, the school's first undefeated season, and the NAIA Final Four. The Yellowjackets won just one game in 2001 before Sherry took over the program with a 1-13-0 mark. His first season at Graceland the Yellowjackets went 7-7-1. Sherry then coached Graceland to records of 12-7-1 and 16-2-3 the next two seasons.
Sherry and his athletes on the 2004 squad were honored with a number of awards. Sherry was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Central Region NAIA Women's Coach of the Year. Last season, Sherry led two all-Americans, five all-region players, co-defensive players of the year in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and 12 all-conference players. Graceland also achieved its highest national ranking in the program's history with a No. 7 rank by NSCAA. In four years, Sherry finished with a 52-17-10 overall record at the helm of the Graceland women's soccer program.
While coaching at Graceland, Sherry also served as head coach for the Des Moines Menace U-15 Boys Super Y League and worked with the Iowa Olympic Development program.
Sherry has international coaching experience as well as prior to his four-year stint at Graceland, he was the head men's soccer coach at Nagoya Gakuin University and the Aichi F.C. Nagoya Junior Youth Head Coach in Japan. During his eight years in Japan, Sherry earned his master's degree in the sociology of sport and sports management from Leicester University in England.
Sherry worked as the Director of Soccer Coaching and Player Youth Development for the Al Nahda national schools organization in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 1992-93. He also headed the West London Schools F.A. Select Teams from 1989-92 where he served as the head coach for the U-16 Select Team from 1991-92 and the U-15 Select Team from 1989-90.
Sherry got his first head coaching job at Burlington Danes High School in London in 1987 and coached there through 1992. During his five years at Burlington Danes, the school won the West London area cup at every age level and also won the prestigious London Championship two straight years.
While playing for the West London Institute of Higher Education, Sherry's team won the British National College Championship in 1987.
Sherry earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in physical education and sports science with sociology from Bangor University in Wales. He also has the United States Soccer Federation's "A" license, along with the U.E.F.A. "International" coaching license from England. Sherry has also had numerous articles published in various media publications
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