DURHAM, N.C. – Indiana University announced Tuesday that Erwin van Bennekom has accepted the head women’s soccer coaching position in Bloomington, Ind., after four seasons on the Duke Blue Devils coaching staff, including the last two as associate head coach.
Since his arrival in Durham in 2015, the Blue Devils have made a pair of NCAA College Cup appearances, highlighted by a national championship appearance in his first season. In his four seasons, Duke has accumulated 68 victories and reached at least the NCAA Round of 16 each year.
A member of the 2017 United Soccer Coaches National Staff of the Year, van Bennekom helped lead Duke to a top three finish in the ACC the last three years, with the Blue Devils capturing the third ACC regular season championship in program history in 2017. Individually, he helped oversee six United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and 25 All-ACC selections. His leadership also helped the Blue Devils produce four ACC individual award winners.
"We’d like to congratulate Erwin on this opportunity and thank him for all he has done for our program the last four years,” head coach Robbie Church said. “He has been an instrumental part in our success here at Duke and a great friend to me as well. We wish him the best of luck at Indiana.”
Van Bennekom, who steps into the head coaching role for the first time in his career, graduated from De Haagse Hogeschool in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. Prior to arriving to Duke, van Bennekom was an assistant at Alabama (2014), Sky Blue FC (2013, 2015) New Jersey Institute of Technology (2011-13).
With van Bennekom’s departure, a national search for his replacement will begin immediately.
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