Coach begins building Laker soccer program
SPENCER – Football is returning to Iowa Lakes Community College in 2009-no, not that football-the European kind-as in soccer.
Kevin Farley, who was announced as the soccer program’s head coach two weeks ago, has already got a jump start on the job of building the fledgling program.
“On the men’s side, I already have verbal commitments from seven guys-four from Texas, one from Michigan, one from Iowa and one from Cameroon, Africa,” Farley said.
He admits that doesn’t necessarily mean they will come to Iowa Lakes.
Farley is charged with building both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.
He should be up to the challenge.
His passion for the sport began when he was very young.
“I group up in Louisville, Texas, in the early 70s, just 50 yards from a complex with 25 soccer fields,” he said. “I grew up with it and stuck around it afterward.”
Farley served a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy and directed coaching at the Waco Futbol Club in Waco, Texas.
“I hired and trained the coaches,” he said.
Then his college coach called him up and his became an assistant coach in Huron, S.D. at Si Tanka University then was named associate coach the next year.
His most recent stint was at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Iowa Lakes wrestling coach Jason McCloud played a role in brining Farley to Iowa.
“We’ve been friends for years,” Farley said. “At Iowa Lakes, I’ve been very impressed with the support I’ve received throughout the interview process.”
In building the Iowa Lakes soccer programs, Farley said he will work with the Iowa Soccer Association in his recruiting efforts.
Also, with no athletes to coach this season, he will have the opportunity to scout Minnesota schools.
The Texas native also plans to seek recruits from his state and internationally.
“I’ve always had diverse teams and I think it’s a better experience for all involved,” he said.
While Iowa Lakes’ other sport programs are based in Estherville, the soccer program will be based on the Spencer campus.
However, he said one Estherville campus student has already talked to him about trying out next year.
“I see a benefit in conducting soccer camps and clinics in Estherville and being involved with all the college’s communities,” he said. “I’m excited to be here and am ready to start bringing more students to Iowa Lakes.”