RICHMOND, Va. –Virginia native Lindsey Vanderspiegel will take over the reins of the VCU women's soccer program, announced today by Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. She becomes the sixth head coach in the program's 19-year history.
Vanderspiegel joins VCU after two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, where she guided the Eagles to their first Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA appearance last year.
"After a brief but exhaustive national search, Lindsey was the clear choice as the best fit here at VCU," McLaughlin said. "She is a proven winner, both as a player and a coach. We are extremely excited about the future of our women's soccer program with Lindsey leading us to our goal of winning championships."
During her two years in Statesboro, Ga., she accumulated a 17-19-7 record, which includes a 10-8-5 mark last fall. Prior to her time at GSU, she spent four seasons as an assistant at Hofstra, during which the program made two NCAA Tournament appearances and won a CAA Tournament championship and a regular season crown.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to lead the VCU women's soccer program and to build upon the success of an outstanding tradition," Vanderspiegel said. "I could not be happier to embark on this new role, in my home state, to contribute to this truly remarkable university and athletics department. I am grateful for the confidence that athletics director, Ed McLaughlin, has shown in me to move this program forward and I am thankful to Georgia Southern for providing me with my first head coaching opportunity to prepare me for this day."
Vanderspiegel takes over for Co-Head Coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak, who recently took over the women's soccer program at the University of Central Florida. The Rams are coming off back-to-back appearances in conference tournament championship matches and posted a 12-5-5 mark in 2012.
In addition to her success on the sidelines, Vanderspiegel achieved success on the pitch as a player. She was four-year standout at William & Mary, where she earned All-CAA First Team honors four times, highlighted by being named the CAA Player of the Year in 2002 and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2000. She was also named to the CAA's 25th Anniversary Women's Soccer team.
The Virginia native grew up in Chesapeake, where she was a standout at Hickory High School.