Jan. 22, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech women's soccer head coach Kevin Sherry announced Thursday that Josh Wagenaar has been named the team's new assistant coach.
A former standout goalkeeper in Canada, Wagenaar joins the Lady Techster coaching staff after serving for three years as the men's and women's goalkeeper coach at Graceland University.
"I feel very honored to have been given this tremendous opportunity at LA Tech to work with the women's soccer team," said Wagenaar. "I am looking forward to getting out on the field with the ladies in the coming weeks."
While with the Jackets, he coached the women to three consecutive Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championships and National Tournament appearances while also developing the strength and conditioning programs.
Under his tutelage, the Lady Jacket's goalkeeper Stefany Cardozo garnered multiple honors including two conference defensive MVP awards, two first-team All-HAAC awards and was recently named the 2012 HAAC Player of the Year.
"I felt it was very important to hire a qualified and experienced goalkeeper coach to help take this program to the next level," said Sherry. "Josh has the appropriate goalkeeper coaching qualifications, has been very successful in his time as an assistant coach at Graceland University and has extensive professional playing experience as a goalkeeper. This is a great hire for the program and we are excited to have Josh on board."
As a player, Josh has participated at all levels of soccer throughout his career.
Wagenaar spent three seasons at Hartwick College where he was named Atlantic Soccer Conference Goalkeeper of the Week 11 different times.
After playing for the Canadian National team in the divisions of U16, U17, U18 and U19, Wagenaar was named to the U20 team where he represented his country in two FIFA World Youth Championships.
He then pursued a professional career overseas in Europe where he played for ADO Den Haag (The Netherlands), Lyngby BK (Denmark), Yeovil Town F.C. (England) and Falkirk F.C. (Scotland) during which time he was also a member of the U23 and full senior men's Canadian National teams.