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WKU Gets Ready For Season

WKUAre you ready for some futbol?


No that is not a misspelling, that is how some in other parts of the world spell football, which in the United States is called soccer. With that said the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have announced some changes to the soccer program.

WKU head coach Jason Neidell announced recently that Chris Tinius has been promoted to associate head coach and former player Dustin Downey has been named an assistant coach. Neidell announced the changes recently.

“I am excited about the changes to our coaching staff,” said Neidell. “Chris’ promotion is a well-deserved honor after five invaluable seasons of service to our soccer program. I am grateful for his loyalty, passion, and commitment. I am glad that we are able to recognize his contributions in this manner.”

The Hilltoppers will have a couple of tuneups before starting the season for real on Aug. 17 against Evansville at the WKU Soccer Complex. The exhibition matches will be played against Tennessee-Martin and Memphis.

If you were to go to the WKU Library and seek out a dictionary, Tinius would probably supplant the word Success. This season will mark his sixth one with the WKU program. During the last five years, the program has won nearly 71 percent of its games. That is the best mark in the Sun Belt Conference among active members. The team has also won 65 games during that time frame and the team has not lost a postseason game since 2008 and they have reached the title game of the conference tournament in two of the last four seasons.

“I am extremely excited to continue moving forward with the WKU soccer program as associate head coach,”said Tinius. “I am very grateful for the show of appreciation and trwust from Jason and the administration. More importantly, I am grateful for the opportunity I have been given up to this point and all I have learned over the last several years. I look forward to continuing to grow as a coach and continuing to help grow soccer at WKU and in the Bowling Green community.”
For Downey, this is not his first rodeo. Or his first time on the “Pitch.” He graduated from WKU and has an extensive history not only on the playing field but also behind the bench. He spent some at the high school and club level.

“We are fortunate to bring an individual of Dustin’s pedigree and work ethic to our staff,” said Neidell. “Dustin brings an incredible energy that will surely be contagious within the team. I know that he is excited to be back on the Hill.”
“I am excited to be back on the WKU campus and have the opportunity to begin my collegiate coaching career in Bowling Green,” said Downey. “As a WKU graduate, it means a great deal to me to have the chance to return to this campus and join Coach Neidell’s coaching staff. I look forward to taking what I have learned over the years as a player and applying it to this new path in coaching.”

The WKU coaching staff has more than a quarter century of experience between Neidell, Tinius, Downey and volunteer assistant coach Will Beddingfield.

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