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Hesselbach Takes over STLCC Women’s Soccer Program

May 30, 2014

For Erin Hesselbach, the opportunity to become a head coach at the collegiate level came sooner than expected. The former head coach at Incarnate Word Academy in suburban St. Louis takes over the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer program, replacing Juergen Huettner, who took the same position at Southwestern Illinois College earlier this spring.

“Being from St. Louis, it’s great to be back in my backyard knowing soccer in the area, it’s the perfect time and fit for me to jump on,” Hesselbach said.

Hesselbach will have a tough act to follow at STLCC, as the Archers made consecutive appearances in the NJCAA Tournament under Huettner.

Hesselbach’s first collegiate head coaching opportunity comes following four years with Incarnate Word, where she guided the Red Knights to the district title game this past spring.

She will be returning to the collegiate game for the first time since 2006, when she served as an assistant at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She also worked as a volunteer assistant at the University of Indiana in 2004.

“It has been a goal of mine (to get back to college),” Hesselbach said. “Being a head coach at the college level has been a career goal, and I’m excited for the opportunity.”

A bulk of last year’s impact players at STLCC have either graduated or followed Huettner to SWIC, making the current recruiting season a busy tie for Hesselbach. She pointed to STLCC’s status as a districtwide program over four campuses as reason for optimism with the incoming recruiting class.

“We’re going to have to add,” Hesselbach said. “I’m confident we’ll have a really nice team come the fall. With the student-athletes going to any of the different campuses, I don’t have to just focus on one area. I can pull from the entire St. Louis area, including the Illinois side. It’s definitely going to help out.”