Fred Wagenaar has been named new head women's soccer coach at LaGrange College, according to Athletic Director Jennifer Claybrook.
"I am thrilled to have Fred lead our talented women's soccer team," Claybrook said. "His experience and proven record of success, both athletically and academically, give us great excitement for the future of our Panther Soccer program."
Wagenaar replaces Jim Robbins, who has joined NCAA Division I Long Island University as head coach.
A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Graceland won nine Heart of America Athletic Conference championships during Wagenaar's nine years of leadership. The Yellow Jackets appeared in the NAIA national tournament seven times and ranked nationally in the Top 25 eight times.
He has coached nine All-Americans, 51 All-American Scholar Athletes and 54 All-Conference players at Graceland. He was the conference Coach of the Year six times.
"I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to work at LaGrange College," Wagenaar said. "At the heart of LaGrange is its goal of transforming the lives of its students. I believe that athletics, done correctly, can be a powerful tool to aid in that transformation, and is therefore an integral part of a liberal arts college.
"My goal with every new season is to be able to take 20-plus disparate individuals and form them into a cohesive, caring and supportive unit that has a collective will to become excellent in every way. I am very much looking forward to getting started."
Graceland was the no. 1 NAIA women's soccer program in the nation for recognized scholar-athletes in 2012. The women's soccer team received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award in 2010 and 2011.
"We are especially pleased to have someone of Fred's caliber join the Panther coaching staff," said LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander.
"Athletics play a strong part in our mission of preparing students to become successful, responsible citizens who aspire to lives of integrity and moral courage. We are confident that Fred's commitment to the whole student-athlete will help accomplish those aims."
Wagenaar holds a NSCAA National Goalkeeping diploma. He is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and supervised the women's soccer program's off-season fitness and weight training.
Wagenaar studied level one and two coaching theory at Mohawk (Canada) College, then level one and two practical levels at Richmond Hill and Brock (Canada) University. He holds a bachelor's degree in education from Graceland, graduating summa cum laude.
He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of four sons: Mark, Jesse, Ben and Josh.