Coaching Staff

 

Erwin van Bennekom
Head Coach, Indiana Women's Soccer

Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass named Erwin van Bennekom as the new head coach of the Indiana Women’s Soccer program on Dec. 4, 2018. One of the nation’s elite assistant coaches, van Bennekom comes to Indiana as the fourth head coach in program history after four seasons at Duke University, where he served as associate head coach during the most successful stretch in Duke Women’s Soccer’s illustrious history.

“Erwin quickly rose to the top of an outstanding pool of candidates, and it was encouraging and exciting to have such interest in this position,” said Glass. “Erwin has demonstrated at the highest levels of intercollegiate and international soccer an ability to develop young women into strong leaders academically, athletically and personally.”

“This is a tremendous honor. IU is a destination job, and I want to thank Fred Glass and Stephen Harper for the opportunity to join such a prestigious institution,” said van Bennekom. “I am very excited to get to work and be a part of the Hoosier family. I want to thank Duke Director of Athletics Dr. White, Deputy Director of Athletics Dr. Kennedy and head women’s soccer coach Robbie Church for all their support and guidance over the years. It was a privilege to work with the student-athletes at Duke University. I’m going to make the most of this tremendous opportunity, and make IU and the state of Indiana very proud of the product that we put out on field.”

At Duke, van Bennekom was an instrumental part of the program’s best four-year cycle in school history, boasting a record of 68-17-11 with a 29-6-5 conference mark. Duke excelled in the postseason with van Bennekom’s guidance, posting a 13-3-2 NCAA mark and advancing to the Third Round or further in every season.

The Blue Devils twice advanced to the Women’s College Cup during van Bennekom’s tenure, including a 2015 appearance in the National Championship game. In 2016, Duke went 15-5-3 and advanced to the Elite Eight before returning to the College Cup in 2017, as the Blue Devils posted the best record in school history at 23-2-1 with an ACC Regular Season title. This past season, Duke went 16-4-2 with an 8-1-1 ACC mark and advanced to the Round of 16.

A native of the Netherlands, van Bennekom coached 17 All-ACC selections, four ACC Players of the Year, six All-Americans, four MAC Hermann semi-finalists and nine NWSL draft picks at Duke. In addition, the Blue Devil coaching staff was named the 2017 United Soccer Coaches National and Regional Coaching Staff of the Year after their record-breaking campaign.

Van Bennekom came to Duke after one season as an assistant coach with Alabama, where he helped lead the Tide to a 10-7-3 record, a four-win improvement over the previous season.

Prior to and following his stint at Alabama, van Bennekom served as the assistant coach in the professional ranks for the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC. There, he led Sky Blue FC to a 2013 NWSL Semi-finalist finish with a 10-6-6 record, a program best. During his time there, he coached United States National Team and Olympic gold medalists Christie Rampone, Kelly O’Hara and Jillian Loyden.

Van Bennekom’s college soccer coaching career began at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he spent three seasons as an assistant coach.

He served as the director of girl’s coaching for STA Soccer Club, based out of Morristown, N.J., in 2013.

From 2010-13, van Bennekom was the head coach for several teams in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, including the Jersey Blues (Sky Blue FC reserve team), which he led to an impressive 16-1-1 record. He has also coached the Real New Jersey SC Power, NJ Elite `95 and STA Magic, all top-ranked club teams in the country.

Van Bennekom began his coaching career after an impressive playing that saw him compete in a variety of semi-professional leagues in the United States from 2006-09. He also played in the first division of the National Futsal League in Holland from 2002-04. Growing up, van Bennekom was a member of Holland’s youth academy system.

A 2004 graduate of De Haagse Hogeschool with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, van Bennekom holds a US Soccer USSF A & B license, UEFA B & C diploma from the KNVB and is currently working towards his UEFA A license.

Duke Women’s Soccer Head Coach Robbie Church on Erwin van Bennekom:
“This is a great hire for Indiana Women’s Soccer. Erwin is one of the top minds in the game. He a brilliant teacher of the game, his knowledge of the game is outstanding and his ability to change throughout the course of a game is fantastic. I’ve been around a long time and I know a lot of coaches and he’s one of the top coaches I’ve ever worked with. On top of that soccer package, he’s just a really great human being. It’s a home run hire for Indiana and I think Erwin will lead them to great heights.”

 

Bri Young
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Indiana Women’s Soccer

Bri Young was named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator on Jan. 8, 2019 after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant at the University of Kansas.

“Bri is one of the best young coaches in the game and we are very excited to have her on board,” said van Bennekom. “The Indiana Women’s Soccer program just got a lot better. She’s played for some of the best club and college coaches in the country and has worked with some of the top soccer minds in the game. Bri is professional, personable and her attention to detail, competitiveness, high standards and pure love for the game is unmatched.”

Young helped lead the Jayhawks to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in two of her three seasons in Lawrence, including a 2018 campaign that saw Kansas finish the year 12-6-3, tied for the sixth-most wins in program history.

Young coached a pair of All-Big 12 and United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections in forwards Grace Hagan and Katie McClure. Under Young’s tutelage, Hagan concluded her impressive Jayhawk career with 25 goals, the fifth-most in program history. In 2018, McClure netted 11 goals, tied for fifth-most in the Kansas record books.

“I’m so excited to be at Indiana,” said Young. “Erwin is an amazing coach with so much knowledge and I can’t wait to learn from him. Indiana is everything a soccer player would want in a school and I am grateful to the university for this opportunity. It’s a beautiful campus filled with so much history and resources, the facilities are top of the line and the support around student athletes is second to none. It’s a place where we can truly be successful and I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Young spent three seasons at Texas Tech, serving as director of operations and volunteer assistant coach. As a member of the coaching staff, Young helped lead Texas Tech to two of its best campaigns in program history, as well as three NCAA Tournament berths, including the program’s first ever berth to the Round of 16 in 2014. The following season, Texas Tech clinched its first Big 12 Tournament Title.

Young began her coaching career by serving on the staff at Chaparral High School (Colo.), as well as three different staffs within Real Colorado, one of the premier youth clubs in the nation.

The Castle Pines North, Colo. native had a decorated playing career at Texas A&M, where she was a two-time All-American and a member of the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. In addition, she twice earned All-Big 12 accolades was named Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2011.

In addition to her success with Texas A&M, Young had impressive showings with both the U.S. U-23 National Team and the U-20 squad as she represented both internationally.

Young graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a degree in sports management and recently earned her MBA from Kansas.

 

Doug Starnes
Assistant Coach/Director of Goalkeeping

Doug Starnes was named the team’s director of goalkeeping/assistant coach on Feb. 7, 2019.

“We’re excited to have Doug join the Indiana Women’s Soccer program,” said van Bennekom. “In hiring a staff, I was looking for specialists and Doug is a specialist in coaching the goalkeeper position. He and his family have deep connections to not only the state of Indiana, but Indiana University as well. We look forward to Doug helping elevate our program to the standards we strive to be at.”

“I am really thankful to Erwin and Indiana University for this unique and exciting opportunity,” said Starnes. “I am humbled and flattered to have been invited to join the women's soccer staff and I can't wait to dive in and get to work. All of the pieces are here to build something really special and I'm proud to have a part to play.”

Starnes comes to Indiana after spending the 2018 campaign with IUPUI working with the goalkeepers. Prior to his stint in Indianapolis, Starnes spent four seasons with DePauw, including acting as interim coach during the entire 2017 season.

With the Tigers, Starnes helped guide DePauw to the program’s first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference regular season title in 2015. In addition, DePauw went on to capture just its second NCAC Tournament championship on the way to clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season with a 12-7-2 mark.

Since June 2018, Starnes has served as the 2001 Girls Head Coach and Girls Club Recruiting Advisor for Hoosier FC, a premier club in Indianapolis. Starnes has also spent time with Indiana Fire Juniors as the Senior Girls Coach and Goalkeeper Coach. From 2014-16, he worked with the Indiana Olympic Development Program as the Goalkeeper Coordinator, managing the goalkeeping staff and training goalkeepers selected by the regional and national pools.

Other soccer experience for Starnes included serving as an opposition scout for Indy Eleven in 2015, where he scouted NASL opponents and prepared match analysis reports.

Prior to his work in soccer, Starnes spent seven years working with the federal government in the Department of Justice.

Starnes graduated from Baylor University in 2002 with a degree in History and was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. In addition, Starnes received his Master’s in Sports Management from Indiana State in 2017, holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and is working towards his United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.

 

Emily Basten
Graduate Assistant/EVB Soccer Camp Director

Indiana Women's Soccer announced the addition of former player Emily Basten as Graduate Assistant Manager, beginning Aug. 1.

Basten, who transferred to Indiana in 2015 for her senior season after playing three years at Central Michigan, will help coordinate travel, administrative responsibilities and day-to-day operations.

"I am so excited to return to the Indiana Women's Soccer program," said Basten. "My time in Cream and Crimson was unforgettable and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the program that gave so much to me."

A native of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Basten played every game of the 2015 season on the Hoosier backline. Basten earned a spot on the Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament as she helped guide the Hoosiers to a scoreless streak of 463 minutes, the second-longest span in program history. In addition, she was named the 2015 Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

"Emily was a tremendous asset to this program as a player and we are so excited to welcome her back in this role," said head coach Amy Berbary. "Her hard work, eagerness and dedication will be a wonderful addition to Indiana Women's Soccer."

At Central Michigan, Basten started 42 games and served as team captain during her junior season with the Chippewas.

Most recently, Basten spent the past year working for the Indiana Varsity Club as the Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator. At the Varsity Club, Basten's responsibilities included donor relations, events and fundraising. In addition, Basten also coaches club for Cutters Soccer in Bloomington.

Basten graduated from Indiana in May 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience and will pursue a Master's Degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.