Kevin Wilhelm was named the head coach of The Rock men's soccer team on December 3, 2018 following serving as the interim head coach in the fall of 2018.
In 2018, Wilhelm led Slippery Rock to a 6-10-2 overall record and a 4-6-1 conference mark, narrowly missing a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament berth.
Prior to the 2018 season, SRU had combined for 10 wins in two years and had registered no more than five wins in both those seasons.
"I want to thank Paul Lueken, President Behre and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to continue coaching this program," said Wilhelm. "We made some positive strides this fall and I'm looking forward to building on that foundation moving forward."
Under Wilhelm, SRU was 6-4-0 and home and the defense ranked fourth in total saves (85), fourth in save percentage (.766) and tied for fourth in the PSAC in shutouts with five.
Wilhelm has over 22 years of coaching experience at the highest youth levels in the region and in NCAA Division II and III.
Wilhelm was the Director of Coaching "Boys" for the Northern Steel Select Soccer Club in Pittsburgh from 2006-2016. Over the years, he oversaw the expansion of the club from 17 to 32 teams. Under his guidance, the team's have won state championships in US Club Soccer and United States Youth Soccer Association. His teams have also garnered US Club Soccer regional titles as well as appearances in national championship matches.
Wilhelm served has also served as an assistant coach at Slippery Rock under Matt Thompson for a total of five seasons over two stretches from 2002-03 and 2007-09. During Wilhelm's last stint at The Rock, he helped guide SRU to a 41-19-4 (.672) record that was capped off with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship in 2009.
Between his two terms at The Rock, Wilhelm was the head men and women's soccer coach at Division III Thiel College from 2004-06.
Wilhelm's familiarity with Slippery Rock is not only through coaching, but also as a player. A transfer from Gannon University, he helped lead SRU to a Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Soccer Conference title in 1994 followed by earning All-WPISC honors in 1995 under head coach Girish Thakar.
He earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees in sport management from Slippery Rock in 2005 and 1998, respectively, and holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma.
Wilhelm resides in Slippery Rock with his wife Amanda and his daughter Keira.