Dec. 27, 2002
WACO, Texas - Baylor University introduced George Van Linder as the Bears new head coach of the women's soccer program at a press conference Friday.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity at Baylor because of the interest surrounding its soccer program," Van Linder said. "I'm thrilled to be a part of that and look forward to competing in the Big 12 Conference. I plan to build on the tradition of success that Baylor soccer and Baylor athletics has already established."
Van Linder comes to Baylor from SMU, where he led the Lady Mustangs to four straight conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Under Van Linder, SMU finished in the Top 25 three times and compiled a four-year mark of 59-21-10 (.711 percent) and a conference record of 24-3-2 (.862).
"With the success he's experienced at two private institutions, George is the perfect coach for the Baylor soccer program," Director of Athletics Tom Stanton said. "He has taken his teams to NCAA Tournaments and has won numerous conference championships. He is a winner and he has a proven history of recruiting the top players in the state of Texas."
In 2002 Van Linder took the Lady Mustangs to a 13-6-4 record and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as well as a WAC championship. SMU finished with a No. 20 national ranking by NSCAA.
Van Linder was named the 2000 WAC coach of the year and in 1999 led SMU to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and a No. 17 national ranking.
Prior to his stint at SMU Van Linder spent five seasons at Butler, the final three (1996-1998) as head coach of the women's program. He was named the 1996 Midwestern Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year after he led Butler to the MCC regular-season and tournament championships.
He was an assistant with Butler's men's team from 1994-1995. Van Linder was head coach of the Linsly High School Boy's team in Wheeling, W.V. in 1993.
Van Linder is a native of Galesburg, Mich., and a 1990 graduate of Western Michigan University.
VAN LINDER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- 93-48-10 career record (7 seasons)
- Five conference championships (1996 MCC and 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 WAC)
- Three NCAA Tournament appearances (1999, 2001, 2002)
- NCAA Tournament victories (1999 Baylor, USC; 2001 Texas; 2002 Texas)
- Twice conference coach of the year (1996 MCC and 2000 WAC)