By Nick Porter
BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University Director of Athletics Jason Lamb today promoted Interim Head Coach Jan-Willem Boer to the head coach position of the Knights' men's soccer program.
"Jan is the type of coach that players want to play for, and he has a wealth of knowledge about the game of soccer," Lamb said. "Since January, he has shown he has what it takes to lead our program, and had a very successful team training in the spring."
Last season, Coach Boer served as the program's primary assistant coach and has been serving as the interim head coach since January. He becomes the program's tenth head coach and replaces Joshua Patiño, who took a position with Gonzaga women's soccer earlier this year.
"I look forward to working with the players again this year," Coach Boer said. "The kids who will be back this season love to play soccer, and are disciplined on and off the field."
Boer, a native of The Netherlands, has over 40 years of coaching, playing, and training experience; he has been involved in soccer at every level and internationally. Most recently, Boer led the Rockbridge County High School boys' soccer team to two consecutive winning seasons in three years, and was named coach of the year in 2014. The Wildcats won their conference championship in 2015 and made the state playoffs again in 2016.
Before moving to Lexington, Coach Boer spent 22 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While there, he founded the Cruz Azul Soccer Academy, franchise affiliate of the Cruz Azul professional team in Mexico City. He served as president and director of development of the academy from 2009-11, with 13 teams under his direction.
Previously, Boer served as the soccer and coaching director for the Urban Stars, a year-round soccer organization for youth, ages 9-19. From 2005-08, he was the head men's soccer coach at North Central University, an NCAA D-III program. From 1989-2003, he coached a number of youth, high school, and adult teams in Minnesota, including nine season at Spring Lake Park High School. He also started the boys' varsity soccer program at Centennial High.
Boer's coaching career began in 1973 with Haarlem United in The Netherlands, a team he previously played for. He joined the coaching ranks after suffering two knee injuries, which ended his 14-year international playing career. In addition to playing for Haarlem United, he played with other amateur clubs K.F.C. (AZ '16 Alkmaar), VNU, and VSV Velzen.
He currently holds a Dutch coaching license as well as USSF C and D licenses, and is NCAA Division III certified.
"Coach Boer has a distinct and competitive style that he will bring to Southern Virginia," Lamb concluded. "We are excited to see how the program grows and succeeds under his leadership."
"I hope to be competitive with the conference and finish with a winning record," Boer said. "There are some teams we lost to in close games last year that we should be able to beat this season."
Coach Boer lives in Lexington, Virginia with his wife, Nancy, of 37 years. Together they have three sons.