Release courtesy of Edgewood College athletics communications
MADISON, Wis. - After a nationwide search that featured several quality candidates, the Edgewood College women's soccer head coaching position will be filled by a familiar face. Derek Helmer, who has served as the men's soccer head coach for the Eagles since 2015, will switch roles as he has been named the women's soccer head coach.
"I am excited for Coach Helmer and for our Women's Soccer Team", said Eagles Director of Athletics Al Brisack. "Derek has prepared himself for this opportunity and demonstrated through the process, that he was an exceptional candidate to lead our women's program well into the future. His passion for Edgewood College and Eagle soccer has always been evident. His plan for our team's future is solid. His commitment to the growth of the individuals that will wear an Eagle women's soccer uniform is undeniable. The future is bright for Eagle soccer!"
Helmer led the men's program since 2015, winning 33 games over that time. This past fall Helmer returned the Eagles to the NACC Tournament after guiding the team to a 10-7-2 overall record, including a 5-4-2 mark in conference play. He led Edgewood College to 10 wins over each of the past two seasons.
Prior to taking over the men's program, Helmer had spent much of his coaching career in the women's game. From 2011-14, he served as an assistant coach for the Eagles women's soccer program. During those seasons, Edgewood College posted a 57-19-4 record and captured a NACC Championship in 2013. The Eagles also reached at least the semifinal level of the NACC Tournament each of those four seasons with Helmer on staff.
"It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as the new Edgewood College women's soccer coach," stated Helmer. "I am very excited to get to work while continuing to be a part of the Eagle family. I'm grateful to the Edgewood College staff & administration for their confidence in me to lead the women's soccer program. It was a privilege to work with the men's soccer team the last four years and I'm going to miss them dearly. I'm going to make the most of this great opportunity and build upon the great history of the program that Coach Tim Alexander built. I can't wait to get started!"
During his time with the men's program, Helmer coached two First Team, two Second Team, and two Honorable Mention All-NACC players, in addition to three All-Wisconsin Team selections. This past season, Helmer coached three players who earned All-NACC honors, including First Team selection Garrett Lee.
Helmer had four players earn CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, as well as Lee, who was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American each of the past two seasons, including First Team honors in 2017. Lee helped rewrite the Eagles record books as well under Helmer's guidance over the past four years.
Helmer had also served as an Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at fellow NACC institution, Lakeland College (now University) for two seasons (1999-2000). He played soccer for Edgewood College and his predecessor, Tim Alexander, and was a two-time All-Lake Michigan Conference selection.
Helmer is married to Julie Helmer (née Veloff), who still ranks as the program's all-time leading scorer with 104 goals from 1995-1998.
An announcement will be made regarding the men's soccer program's coaching search in the next couple of days.