MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan University Department of Athletics announces the resignation of head men’s soccer coach Luke Sanford. Sanford just completed his 5th season with the Wildcats after arriving at IWU in the Fall of 2015.
“We are grateful for the tremendous work Luke has done with IWU men’s soccer over the past five years,” said Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael. “The Lord has used him to grow young men as soccer players, but more importantly He has used Luke to impact lives for God’s Kingdom. He will be missed but we are also excited to see how the Lord will continue to use both the Sanford family and the IWU Men’s Soccer family in the days ahead.”
During Sanford’s tenure, the Wildcats posted an overall record of 55-38-11, and a record of 25-16-4 in Crossroads League play. In his first season, the Wildcats won their fourth straight Crossroads League Championship, sending the Wildcats to their third straight NAIA National Championship. IWU continued to make history in his first season, advancing to the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
“I want to thank IWU for an amazing five years,” said Sanford. “My family and I will always look back at this time with great pride and fondness. I especially want to thank the players and staff I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. I hope they’ve learned as much from me as I have from them. My growth personally in these years is due to great leadership and the relationships I’ve built here. While we are excited about the next chapter for our family, we will miss IWU soccer and wish the program nothing but the best.”
Sanford coached three NAIA All-Americans during his tenure, one Crossroads League Player of the Year, and 17 All-Crossroads League players during his tenure. Sanford also had the privilege of coaching professional soccer players Nico Matern and Keaton Albert.