Alex Van der Sluijs
Alex Van der Sluijs took the reigns as Wilmington College head men’s soccer coach on Jan. 1, 2018.
Van der Sluijs is no stranger to the program as the 2007 alumnus was a four-year member of the men's soccer program and finished his career with 29 goals and 20 assists. He was a three-time First Team All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) selection along with being named OAC Forward of the Year on two occasions. He was a key offensive figure on a team that won the College's only OAC title in 2004.
Van der Sluijs comes to Wilmington from Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio, where he served as head boys' soccer coach as well as a marketing and development associate for the past three years. He led the Eagles to three consecutive winning seasons as well as managing the "CJ" brand.
Prior to Chamiande Julienne, Van der Sluijs spent seven years at Defiance College. He spent his first two years has a soccer graduate assistant while completing a Masters of Arts in Education degree. Upon graduation, Van der Sluijs was named the head men's and women's soccer coach for the Yellow Jackets. The Defiance women's program improved the first three years under Van der Sluijs's guidance and turned in the program's first-ever winning season in 2012 with a 9-6-4 record.
Van der Sluijs coached the men's team for five seasons and ended his tenure as the second-winningest coach in program history. The 2013 Yellow Jackets achieved a 10-9 record and a 5-4 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), marking the best season for the program in over a decade. Van der Sluijs brought in over 10 freshmen to each recruiting class per gender as well as organized a trip overseas to Europe for both programs. He also served as a fitness and wellness instructor at Defiance.
After graduating from Wilmington with degrees in communications and sport management, Van der Sluijs continued his soccer career by playing professionally for the Cincinnati Kings, Dayton Dutch Lions and Dayton Dynamo.
Van der Sluijs, who was elected to the College's Athletic Hall of Fame earlier this year, takes over for his collegiate coach, Bud Lewis, who led Wilmington's men's soccer program to over 500 victories in 43 seasons as head coach.