June 23, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State soccer head coach Brian Zwaschka announced Tuesday the hiring of Kevin Botterill as the assistant coach of the women's soccer program.
"I'm very pleased that Kevin has decided to move his family across country to join us here in California. Kevin has had success everywhere he has been and has diligently worked his way up in every instance," said Zwaschka. "His resilience is proven, and his current and relevant experience, coupled with his professional ambitions, matched my expectations very clearly in the selection process."
Botterill's primary responsibilities include training the goalkeepers and their integration into team defense and attack. Botterill will also assist with recruiting, camps, community relations, video and scouting, amongst other program duties.
"He is organized and thoughtful, and his delivery of ideas is concise," Zwaschka said. "He will hit the ground running and I am confident his contribution in the first season and seasons to come will be invaluable in support of my vision for where this program can go."
Most recently, Botterill spent two seasons as the first assistant coach with the Murray State University Soccer program, where he was responsible for goalkeepers and defending. During this time the Racers broke the school record for wins in two consecutive seasons, including winning twelve on the way to the program's first Ohio Valley Conference Championship in 2008.
His Goalkeeper, Tara Isbell, also improved dramatically in her two seasons with Botterill, culminating in being named OVC "Defensive Player of the Year" in 2008. She posted a 1.28 GAA and 0.712 save percentage as a freshman in 2007, before setting school records with a 0.91 GAA , a 0.821 save percentage including 12 shutouts in 2008. In fact, her GAA for the second half of the season was below 0.4.
Botterill also made an impact off the field, as the Racer's 2008 recruiting class was the first in school history to be named number one in the OVC, and to be regionally ranked (number 18) by SoccerBuzz.com.
Botterill began his college coaching career at Wesley College, a NCAA DIII program, where he served as the graduate assistant coach from 2001-2003, while earning his Master's in Education. Following that he spent four years as head coach at NCAA DII Oakland City University where he remains the winningest coach for both men's and women's programs.
He has also been busy in the club ranks, most recently with Western Kentucky Football club. He served as academy director for the Southwest Indiana Soccer Association and has directed and coached at numerous camps across the country. He holds the NSCAA Advanced National and National Goalkeeping Diplomas, the UEFA C License and has completed the residential requirement of the UEFA B with the English FA.
Botterill, a native of Leeds, England, played college soccer at the University of Durham and graduated in 2000 with a degree in Applied Physics. He and his wife Katie have a son, Aiden, and are expecting another.
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