VCU named Lindsey Vanderspiegel the new head coach of the women’s soccer program on May 6.
A Virginia native and former William & Mary soccer standout, Vanderspiegel has become the sixth coach in the program’s 19-year history.
She joins the Rams after two seasons as the head coach at Georgia Southern, where she led the Eagles to their first Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance last year.
The hire came just 24 days after VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin announced the immediate initiation of a national search following the departure of longtime coaches, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak.
“After a brief but exhaustive national search, Lindsey was the clear choice as the best fit here at VCU,” McLaughlin said in a release from VCU Athletics. “She is a proven winner, both as a player and a coach. We are extremely excited about the future of our women’s soccer program with Lindsey leading us to our goal of winning championships.”
Vanderspiegel compiled a 17-19-7 overall mark during her two seasons in Statesboro, Ga, including an impressive 10-8-5 record last fall.
Before her stint at Georgia Southern, she spent four years as an assistant at Hofstra, where she won a CAA Tournament championship, a regular season crown, and earned two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Despite the impressive resume, Vanderspiegel has been humbled by her new position.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to lead the VCU women’s soccer program and to build upon the success of an outstanding tradition,” Vanderspiegel said at her introductory press conference. “I could not be happier to embark on this new role, in my home state, to contribute to this truly remarkable university and athletics department.”
Vanderspiegel will replace former co-head coaches Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak and Tim Sahaydak, who left for the University of Central Florida in early May.
She will inherit a Rams team that is coming off of back-to-back conference tournament championship appearances and a 12-5-5 record in 2012.