Winthrop University

Winthrop University Athletics
Winthrop Coliseum - 1162 Eden Terrace Dr Rock Hill, SC 29733
Division 1 South Carolina Southeast
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Daniel Ridenhour

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Daniel Ridenhour was named head men's soccer coach on Dec. 17, 2015 after completing his 12th season on the coaching staff, including the previous seven years as associate head coach. He came to Winthrop after spending three seasons at Georgia State as an assistant coach. Ridenhour succeeded Rich Posipanko, who retired after 27 years at the Winthrop helm.

During his time with the Eagles, Ridenhour has helped the program capture four Big South Conference championship squads and five trips to the NCAA College Cup.

While at Georgia State he worked as an assistant coach for the Georgia Boys Olympic Development Program. His 87 Georgia ODP State team won the 2004 ODP Region Championship and went to National Championship in 2005. In addition he was a staff coach for the Forsyth Fusion Club as he trained teams and also provided assistance to club coaches. In 2004 he completed his Master of Science in Sport Administration at Georgia State.

Before he spent three years in the Atlanta, GA area, Ridenhour was a staff coach and U-14 coordinator for Chesapeake Soccer Club for two seasons and a staff coach for the U-16 and technical coach for Beach FC for two seasons as well.

Ridenhour played his college soccer at Old Dominion University. He was a four-year letterman and a team captain in 2000. While at ODU he was a student-athlete mentor and part of the student athlete advisory council. He attended the 2000 NCAA Leadership Conference on behalf of ODU. He also played for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III team. He was a team member for three seasons and was a pool member for five. He graduated from ODU in December of 2000 with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Sport Management and a minor in Business Management.

Besides coaching soccer, Ridenhour has volunteered for several different events including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four, NBA All-Star Weekend, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association-Club Red Gala.

Ridenhour continues to improve his coaching education by attending numerous clinics and coaching schools throughout the year. He also holds a USSF “A” Coaching License.

He is married to Emily and resides in Rock Hill, SC with their two daughters, Phoebe and Winnie Alewine, and sons Paco Roo and Captain.

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Phil Hindson

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Hindson returned to the Eagles in January of 2016 after a 12-season absence and was promoted to associate head coach in July of 2018. He came back to Winthrop after serving as head coach of the UNC Pembroke men's soccer program the six years prior.

"I would like to thank Dan for affording me the opportunity to come back to Winthrop," said Hindson. "I am very excited to work with him moving forward. My wife and I are very happy to return to the Rock Hill area. A special mention should be given to Rich Posipanko for all of his friendship and support over the years. I can't wait to get started and hope we can build on all of the success Rich and Dan have brought the program over many years."

"We were fortunate to have a very good group of candidates for the position and Phil has the experience and background to help us to continue to move forward in a positive direction," said Ridenhour, who assumed the head coaching duties at the start of the year. "He is someone that will help us in all phases of the program. The team and I are excited to welcome Phil and his family back to Rock Hill."

During his six seasons with the Braves, he won 47 games while leading them to the program's third best finish (NCAA Div. II era) with 12 wins and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. That season the Braves advance to the second round of the tournament with a 3-2 win over Mars Hill before being eliminated on penalties against Flagler, 4-2. It was the first time in 10 years the program had advanced in the NCAA Tournament The 2012 team finished 5th in the Peach Belt Conference, which is arguably one of the top NCAA Div. II leagues. In 2012 and 2013 the Braves were nationally ranked.

Under Hindson's guidance the program had two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, a PBC Freshman of the Year, a Golden Ball Winner, PBC Player of the Year, two Daktronics All-Region and NSCAA All-Region players, 10 NCCSIA All-State players, six All-PBC players, six PBC All-Tournament players, two PBC All-Preseason players, 10 PBC Players of the Week, 15 PBC All-Academic Team players and the team garnered a sportsmanship award in 2011.

Hindson left Winthrop for an assistant coaching job at Clemson for the 2004 season. He spent five years as an assistant and was the interim head coach of the Tigers in 2009 before leaving for UNC Pembroke following the season. In 2009 he led the Tigers to a road win at 8th-ranked and eventual national champion Virginia on Sept. 26, 2009. During his six seasons, including the one as interim coach, Clemson posted 56 wins, advanced to the Final Four in 2005 and the Sweet 16 in 2006. In 2005 the Tigers had a final ranking of 3rd in the nation.

In 2000, Hindson joined former Winthrop head coach Rich Posipanko's staff as an assistant coach and helped the program to a record of 47-28-5 during that time. He was part of the program's first ever Big South Conference Championship when the Eagles defeated 13th-ranked Coastal Carolina in the final, 1-0 in overtime. That season the Eagles reached a school record for wins (15) since its move to the NCAA Div. I level.

Hindson has a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he also has a UEFA C License from the Scottish Football Association. In 2012 Hindson attend a Special Topics course at UCLA where he was able to observe Real Madrid and their coach at the time, Jose Mourinho. This course was conducted by the NSCAA.

He enjoyed a successful career at William Carey as a player as he holds several records after a career of 54 goals and 22 assists for 130 points in his three seasons. He was a three-time all-conference selection as well as being named all-region and earned all-america honors in 1995. He graduated from William Carey in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and earned his master's in physical education from Winthrop in 2005. In 2011 he was a member of the Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class at William Carey.

Hindson and his wife Liz along with their daughter Sophia and son Connor reside in Rock Hill.

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Kyle Kenney

Kyle Kenney joined the men’s program as the director for analytics and logistics in 2016. In the fall of 2017, Kenney split his duties as an assistant coach between the men’s and women’s programs.

“Excited to see that Kyle Kenney will be able to help out both our women’s and men’s programs in this new role,” said Winthrop head men’s soccer coach Daniel Ridenhour. “He has a good eye for the game, will be a hard worker on the recruiting trail for both programs, and has a desire to learn and improve as a coach.”

“We’re excited to have Kyle working with the women’s program,” said Spencer Smith, head women’s soccer coach. “He has a good background having worked with the men’s program and we feel he will provide great assistance with our program.”

Kenney is a 2012 graduate of UNC Pembroke where he earned his bachelor’s of science in mathematics education and minor in exercise sports science.

Following graduation from UNC Pembroke he taught at Fairgrove Middle School in Fairmont, NC and then moved on to Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, NC. At Cape Fear he was the head coach of the varsity boys and girls soccer teams. In 2014 he guided Cape Fear to a 16-9-1 record, which was a school record for wins as the team advanced to the conference tournament final and also to the second round of the state playoffs.

Prior to his arrival at Winthrop, Kenney was an assistant coach for men’s soccer at Brevard College for the 2015-16 season. That season the Tornados made the South Atlantic Conference Tournament for a second consecutive season. He also headed up the junior varsity program at Brevard.

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