Van Roekel Hired as Head Women's Soccer Coach

Van Roekel Hired as Head Women's Soccer Coach



Buena Vista Director of Athletics Christyn Abaray has announced the hiring of Sheena Van Roekel as the university's head women's soccer coach.

"I'm looking forward to Sheena's arrival to begin her tenure in leading our women's soccer program," says Abaray. "With Sheena's soccer passion, knowledge and connections, her enthusiasm for lead our young women, and her intensity, our program is poised to make significant strides under her leadership. In addition to on the field, Sheena underscores our belief of developing the future leaders through her commitment to the holistic development of our students. I'm excited to welcome Sheena to the BVU family."

Van Roekel joins the Beaver community after having spent the last three seasons as an assistant men's and women's coach at Iowa Lakes Community College. She was part of a Laker women's team that spent significant time ranked in the top-20 nationally a season ago.

"I am excited for the opportunity to take over the BVU women's soccer program," says Van Roekel. "I want to thank the search committee for all of their hard work during this process and Athletic Director, Christyn Abaray, for this wonderful opportunity. To join the athletic department at BVU means being at a place where a person is part of a community invested in the future of not only the athletic program(s), but first and foremost, the student-athlete. It was obvious on my visit to BVU that it's a special place in which one can easily call it home. The energy and unity within the community will be a great place to build a strong foundation for our team."

Van Roekel began her coaching career at the high school level where she was an assistant girls' coach at Unity Christian High School in Orange City, Iowa. She then went on to serve as both an assistant and head women's soccer coach at Northwestern College (IA) from 2008-09 before taking a two-year teaching stint at Estherville Lincoln High School (2009-11) prior to joining the Iowa Lakes staff. She also has added experience coaching soccer at the club level.

A graduate of Northwestern College, Van Roekel also turned in a four-year playing career playing for the Red Raiders as a defender (2001-04). During that time, she served as a team captain and was a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Honorable Mention selection as well as a Defensive Player of the Year for two seasons. In addition to soccer, she was also a three-year letterwinner in track.

It's that small-town, private college experience and atmosphere that has her excited about leading the Beaver program for what she hopes is many years to come.

"The most exciting part about being the new women's soccer coach truly is the community," Van Roekel adds. "Representing BVU doesn't just mean being part of a team, but being part of a family. The BVU family in itself is an experience all in its own, as developing those relationships is part of preparing the student-athlete for their future endeavors, not only professionally, but holistically as a person. Along with helping our student-athlete to find success on the pitch, our goal is to also help them excel in the classroom. It is one of the many reasons why it's wonderful to join the coaching department."