Indiana Wesleyan University Athletic Department - 2014 Women's Soccer Roster
Tim Strader Image
is in his
first season as head coach of the Indiana Wesleyan University women's soccer program in 2014-15.
comes to Indiana Wesleyan from Northridge, California.
He has coached at many different levels in California and most recently was a volunteer assistant for Cal State University Northridge, an NCAA Division I program that won the Big West Tournament this season and played San Diego State in the program's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
"Having competed at the highest intercollegiate level in women's soccer with Cal State University Northridge
, I was able to gain an understanding of what it takes to compete against top-25 programs in the country and how to effectively plan and prepare my team for success both on and off the field," said Strader
IWU Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael
stated, "What really stood out about Tim
to the search committee were his
passion for the Lord, for seeing coaching as a ministry which fits our IWU athletic department mission perfectly, and he
showed a real knowledge for the X's and O's and tactics of soccer.
has the kind of relationship skills and interpersonal skills that can really connect well with his
athletes and recruits."
has built his
coaching resume from a variety of levels.
has coached at the high school, club, and collegiate ranks.
Those many different experiences have helped grow his
knowledge and expectations for his
"IWU fans can expect a program that is going to compete daily both on the practice pitch and on match day," stated Strader
"It's my goal to first and foremost establish a truly competitive spirit within this group and continue on with the foundation of success that was laid by the previous Indiana Wesleyan coaches before me, especially Coach Bratcher."
Strader is excited about the move to Marion, Indiana and to begin his work at Indiana Wesleyan University.
"I wanted to find a Christ-centered environment that I could share my faith with my student-athletes and help them grow not only as athletes, but especially in their faith," Strader
"Indiana Wesleyan is a truly special environment that's bold about its faith and expressed desire to change the lives of their student-athletes that compete for IWIU by embodying the core values of faith, family, scholastic achievement, and competition."
He already has roots in Indiana as he earned his degree and played club soccer at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Strader started his coaching career in the state of Indiana as an assistant varsity boy's coach and head JV coach at Northview High School and was a volunteer Director of Technical Training/Student Assistant Coach for Indiana State women's soccer.
"I've loved my time on the West Coast but have missed the sense of community that makes Indiana special," said Strader
"I've lived in many different states growing up as a preachers' kid, but have always thought of Indiana as my home."
wife, Beth, reside in Marion.
Tim Strader - Head Coach - 1st season