JEROEN WALSTRA -- Head Men's Soccer Coach
6TH year as men's soccer head coach
10th year at Point Park
American Mideast Conference Coach of the Year 2011 (12-5-1)
Jeroen Walstra has been the Point Park University men's soccer head coach for the last five years (2007-11). The 2012 season will be his 6th as men's soccer head coach and his 10th year overall coaching soccer at Point Park. In that time, he has taken the men's soccer team from a bottom-feeder in the American Mideast Conference to a team that is at the top of the league.
Under Walstra's guidance, the 2011 season was an historic one for the men's soccer progam. Walstra was named AMC Coach of the Year after leading the Pioneers to a final record of 12-5-1, the top seed in the conference playoffs and a trip to the AMC Tournament Finals.
The 12-5-1 record tied a school record for victories in a season, and it was the first winning record for the program since it was 12-5 in 1998. It was also the first AMC playoff appearance and the first trip to the conference finals.
The 2011 season was the latest evidence of the men's soccer program being turned around at Point Park. The Pioneers were 1-15-1 in 2009 and then followed that up with an 8-9 record in 2010 that represented one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in all of NAIA men's soccer.
Point Park continued to make strides with the successful 2011 campaign, and all signs point toward continued success.
Walstra is the longest-tenured coach in the history of the Point Park men's soccer program. Before his arrival, the program had 11 head coaches in its first 21 years of existence. But Walstra is lending stability to the men's team.
Walstra is also the all-time leader in men's soccer victories at Point Park with a career record of 29-53-3. After a few years of bad records while he was getting the program on solid footing, Walstra is 20-14-1 the last two seasons.
Walstra first came to Point Park in 2003 as the head coach of the women's soccer team. He was the head coach of the women's team for seven years, and with his help, it gained varsity status in 2005. He coached both the men's and women's soccer teams at Point Park for three years (2007-09), and the 2010 season was the first year in which he coached only the men's program.
Walstra brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach to the Point Park soccer programs. He has been coaching in the Pittsburgh area for the last decade.
On the professional level, Walstra is an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League.
Walstra holds a United States Soccer Federation A License, the highest coaching license issued by the USSF. He has been involved in instructor certification courses for licenses on the C, D and E levels. He is involved in numerous camps and instructional clinics in the Pittsburgh area.
On the high school level, Walstra was the head coach of the boys' soccer teams at Mars Area and Canon-McMillan high schools. Other coaching involvement includes coaching in the Olympic Development Program, Beadling and the North Stars Clubs.
In his native country of the Netherlands, Walstra was a goalkeeper for the prestigious Royal Haarlemsche Football Club from 1978-79 and 1980-87. His coaching experience in his home country includes youth soccer.