Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, IN 46953
Indiana Midwest
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Daniel Seiffert

Seiffert is no stranger to the Crossroads League as he most recently served as the head women's soccer coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. During his nine year stint at MVNU Seiffert led the Lady Cougars to: nine straight trips to the conference tournament including twice advancing to the championship match, one NCCAA East Region Tournament title, the program’s first-ever AMC Tournament title, two berths in the NCCAA National Tournament that included a third-place and a seventh-place finish, and the program’s first-ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament.


In addition, the Lady Cougars were selected from out of 193 women’s soccer programs nationally to receive the prestigious NAIA Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Award in 2011 and 2017 and have been an NAIA and NSCAA Team Academic Award winner for eight straight years. In 2014 and 2015, Seiffert lead the Lady Cougars to their highest NAIA national ranking ever as the team reached a high of 14th in the NAIA/MRPI National Ranking and 18th in the NAIA National Coaches’ Poll.


While at MVNU Seiffert developed eight NCCAA All-Americans including one Michelle Akers NCCAA National Player of the Year and three NAIA All-Americans. In addition, 26 players earned All-Conference honors with two Conference Players of the Year, 18 players received NCCAA East Region recognition, and 32 different players earned NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete accolades. In addition, 11 players earned Capital One/COSIDA Academic All-American and/or All District honors. Seiffert was also named the 2009 NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year and currently serves on the NAIA National Oversight Committee for women’s soccer.


A four-year member of the MVNU men’s soccer team from 2003-2006, Seiffert played in all 76 matches during his career with 69 starts as the Cougars went 40-28-8. He played primarily on the defensive side of the ball and helped the team post 22 shutouts during his career. He was named to the NCCAA East Region Team and earned All-AMC honors as a senior and then capped off his career by being selected as the NCCAA’s Kyle Rote, Jr. National Player of the Year – an honor recognizing playing ability, scholastic achievement, positive leadership qualities, and Christian character. He was also a two-time NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete. He graduated from MVNU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Mathematics Education and a minor in Business Administration.


Seiffert earned his Master's Degree in Sports Science and Coaching from Ohio University in 2012. He holds his United Soccer Coaches (USC) Premier diploma, his USC National Goalkeeping diploma, and recently earned his USSF "A-Senior" license. Aside from collegiate soccer Seiffert served as the head coach for the Columbus Eagles FC, a WPSL team located in Columbus, Ohio. In 2018, his last season at the helm, he led the Eagles to a second place conference finish and the best record in franchise history.


Seiffert and his wife Mary currently reside in Marion, Indiana. In addition to coaching the women’s soccer team, he also teaches in the Health and Human Performance department at IWU.

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Mary Seiffert

Mary Seiffert is entering her first season as the assistant coach of Indiana Wesleyan women's soccer.


Seiffert gained eight years of collegiate coaching experience before joining the staff at IWU. From 2008-2011 she spent four seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. In 2012 she served as an assistant coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, she was the assistant coach at Denison University in Ohio as well as a part of the Strength and Conditioning staff there. After Denison, Seiffert took on the role of head coach for the women's soccer reserve team at MVNU during the 2017 season.


Seiffert also has experience coaching youth soccer. She has coached club teams in Michigan, Illinois, and most recently served as a coach for Classics Eagles out of Columbus, Ohio. While there she coached high school aged teams that competed in the MRL and her CE Red 2000G team won the Ohio South State Cup title in 2018. Currently, Seiffert coaches for Indy Premier.

Seiffert has been a part of the women's team staff for Chicago Eagles, a sports ministry team under the Missionary Athletes International (MAI) banner. She worked with the women's team in 2010, 2012, and 2018. Prior to coaching, Seiffert played for the Chicago Eagles in 2005, 2006, and 2009. She also has experience coaching with the Ohio South ODP Staff.


As a player, Seiffert was a four-year starter and two-year captain at Cornerstone University in Michigan. She was the second women's soccer player to be inducted into CU's Hall of Honor in 2015 and earned other accolades such as CU Outstanding Female Athlete Award, NAIA Champions of Character WHAC Award, NAIA Region VIII All-Region Honors, and WHAC All-Conference Honors. She was a part of many women's soccer program firsts at CU such as their first NAIA National Tournament appearance, their first NAIA Region VIII Champions title, their first WHAC Conference Regular Season Champions title, and their first WHAC Conference Tournament Champions title.


After her collegiate career, Seiffert played for the West Michigan Firewomen (Mich.) W-League team and most recently was a member of the Columbus Eagles FC (Ohio) WPSL team where she also served as captain for two seasons.


Seiffert holds her USSF "D" license and is currently a candidate for her USSF "C" license. She also holds her United Soccer Coaches (USC) Junior diploma and USC Goalkeeping I diploma. She earned a Bachelors degree in Youth Ministry and Bible while at Cornerstone University and a Masters degree in Religion while at Olivet Nazarene University. Seiffert and her husband Daniel currently reside in Marion, Indiana.

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Luke Sanford

Luke Sanford begins his fourth season as Indiana Wesleyan University men's soccer coach for the 2018-19 season.


Sanford led the Wildcats to the program's best ever finish at the NAIA National Championship in 2015 as the team advanced to the national quarterfinals where they lost 3-0 to eventual national champion and top-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio).


IWU has won 4 of the last 6 Crossroads League regular season championships and has won 7 of the last 12. Indiana Wesleyan reached four straight Crossroads League Tournament championship matches from 2012-15 and won three of them.


Before coming to Indiana Wesleyan, Sanford was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), a program that recently left the NAIA to compete in NCAA Division II. Sanford was an integral part of turning a two win Point Loma Nazarene team in 2012 into a team that went 7-8-3 in 2013.


He has coaching experience in the USL Premier Development League. Sanford was a coaching intern with the Charlotte Eagles in 2011 and an assistant coach with Southern WV Kings Warriors in 2012. He also coached club soccer with the Charlotte Soccer Academy and Surf Soccer Club.


“We are really happy to have Luke Sanford as our head men’s soccer coach,” said Indiana Wesleyan Athletic Director Mark DeMichael. “His priorities really matchup well with Indiana Wesleyan’s mission statement. He really wants to invest in the spiritual growth of the soccer players as well as make them the best soccer players they can be.”


Sanford played soccer in the NAIA at Houghton (N.Y.) and also played for the Mississippi Brilla in the PDL. He was a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach at Nyack out of New York. In 2011, Nyack earned its first ever NCAA Division II postseason bid.


“He has a very diverse coaching experience,” said DeMichael. “He has coached on the eastern part of the country and the western part of the country. He has great coaching DNA with his dad being a very successful coach and a brother who coaches. It makes Luke a great fit at Indiana Wesleyan.”


Luke is married to his wife Margaret, and the couple has two sons, Cliff and Kai.

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Josh Kremers

Josh Kremers enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer program in 2017-18.


Kremers is an integral part to the program and is involved in all facets from training to game management and camp curriculum development. He brings a true conviction of how the game should be played, a relational heart for developing young men of character, and a winning pedigree to the staff.


A 2014 graduate of Messiah College, Kremers helped the Falcons win three National Championships in 2010,2012, and 2013 and was named All-Commonwealth Conference in 2011 and 2013. Kremers has PDL playing experience with the Charlotte Eagles and Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors.


After his playing career, Kremers spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Olivet Nazarene University where he helped lead the team to the 2014 CCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships as well as a NAIA National Tournament appearance. While at ONU he earned his MBA in 2016.


Kremers has spent the 2017 summer as an assistant coach under Dave Dixon with the Charlotte Eagles in the PDL. He helped the team win the Easter Conference Championship for the first time in the organization's history. He is currently the head coach for the Hoosier FC U16 MRL team.


Kremers hails from Wheaton, Illinois and is a graduate of Wheaton Academy.

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