|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||De Haagse Hogeschool '04|
Erwin van Bennekom begins second season with the Duke women’s soccer program in 2015.
A native of The Netherlands, van Bennekom boasts nearly 13 years of coaching experience, including the professional and collegiate levels.
In his first season with the Blue Devils, van Bennekom helped lead Duke to the NCAA Championship match, before falling to Penn State, 1-0. He also helped bring in the No. 4 ranked recruiting class nationally, including the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, Ella Stevens.
Van Bennekom spent the 2014 campaign with the Alabama women’s soccer program. In one season, he helped guide the Tide to a 10-7-3 mark, which was a four-win improvement from the year before (6-12).
Prior to and following the 2014 campaign with Alabama, van Bennekom served as the assistant coach of Sky Blue FC for the 2013 and 2015 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) seasons under head coach Jim Gabarra. The Sky Blue FC squad advanced to the NWSL playoffs in 2013.
During his time there, he coached United States National Team and Olympic gold medalists Christie Rampone, Kelly O’Hara and Jillian Loyden. He has coached multiple national team players from all over the world (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Mexico) and U-23 and U-20 U.S. National team players.
Van Bennekom spent three seasons (2011-13) with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) women’s soccer team, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. While there, van Bennekom helped the Highlanders go from a record of 2-17 in 2011 to 8-10-1 in 2013.
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 coached the Real New Jersey SC Power and NJ Elite `95, both top-ranked club teams in the country.
Van Bennekom is a 2004 graduate of De Haagse Hogeschool and the KNVB (translated in English as Royal Dutch Football Association) Academy in his home country, which is renowned worldwide for its player and coach development program.
A standout player on the pitch as van Bennekom competed 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 club system.
He holds a UEFA “B” and UEFA “C” License, KNVB TC2 & KNVB TC3 License, US Soccer USSF “A” & “B” License, Rene Meulensteen Technical Training Diploma, Raymond Verheyen Football Periodization Certificate and is currently working towards his UEFA A Diploma.