MANKATO — For the last six years, Brian Bahl has coached the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Upper Iowa University. Now he’ll have just one team to take care of.
On Friday, Minnesota State announced that it has hired Bahl as its new women’s soccer coach. He will be the fourth head coach in program history.
Bahl has led Upper Iowa to 64 wins and five Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament berths over the last six seasons. Last fall, the Peacocks had their best season, going 15-3-2 overall and 11-2-2 in league play to take third place in the NSIC race.
“I believe we can win national championships here and build this program into one of the premier programs in the country,” Bahl said in a press release. “I want MSU to be the best place in the country to play college soccer and one that the entire MSU community will be proud of.”
Bahl replaces Peter McGahey, who left MSU after five seasons to become the head coach at Division I Central Michigan.
“Brian emerged from a group of highly qualified candidates as the individual who we believe is best positioned to build on an already solid foundation and take Maverick women’s soccer to another level,” Minnesota State athletic director Kevin Buisman said in the release. “Brian is a proven winner and his familiarity with our league and demonstrated ability to recruit high caliber student-athletes … give me great confidence about the future direction of the program.”
Bahl, whose men’s teams won 46 games over the last six years, also worked as an assistant women’s coach at Northern Iowa (2005-06), as head coach of the women’s team at Mount Mercy College (2002-05) and as an assistant men’s coach at Wartburg College (1999-2001).
He also spent six years as a high school boys coach at Waterloo West (Iowa).
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Bahl and his wife Jamie have three children.
Other finalists for the Minnesota State job included Jim Stone, head women’s coach at Bemidji State; Krystie Seidel, assistant women’s coach at Minnesota; and Ken Nuber, assistant women’s coach at Notre Dame.