We welcome Alex VanderSluijs as the new head coach for the CJ men’s soccer program. He most recently served at Defiance College where he was the men's head coach since 2010 and was the women's head soccer coach for four years. At Defiance, he coached student athletes in both programs to First and Second Team All Heartland Collegiate Athletic conference honors.
VanderSluijs draws on his experience as a varsity player and all time scorer at Carroll High School, as a three-year starter for Wilmington College and professionally playing for the Cincinnati Kings in 2007 and the Dayton Dutch Lions in 2010.
“This sets our soccer program up for an exciting time of building under the leadership of a highly qualified coach who was looking to relocate to the Dayton area,” said John Marshall, principal. “Clearly he has a deep knowledge of the game and a great understanding of what it takes to play at the college and professional levels. Our student athletes will greatly benefit from his experience and his perspective, playing high school through time with the pros.”
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity CJ has provided me to be involved in such a distinguished Catholic institution and also to have the opportunity to coach the sport I love," said VanderSluijs.
In addition to his coaching duties, VanderSluijs will serve as a member of the development and marketing teams, assisting in managing sponsorships and brand recognition opportunities for the school which projects an increased enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. VanderSluijs graduated with degrees in communication and sports management from Wilmington College, and earned a master’s of education from Defiance College.