Feb. 28, 2013
Three weeks ago, Bill Hempen was named Colorado State’s women’s soccer coach following the announcement by Director of Athletics Jack Graham that beginning next fall, the Rams would be offering the sport program.
Three weeks later, many may be wondering, “What happened to the Rams’ soccer coach?”
Well, Hempen, since that day, has been on the move nonstop, coaching a developmental team in international competition as well as recruiting for CSU’s newest sport program.
“When I arrived at the McGraw Center to meet with Jack that day, I had no idea I would walk out the door as the new soccer coach,” Hempen explained.
He also knew that he already had a full plate of soccer-related duties. He and Graham agreed the importance of fulfilling the obligations even as he quickly began moving forward to build the school’s first-ever women’s soccer program.
Hempen explained the Olympic Development Program (OD), includes several layers leading to the U.S. National Soccer Team.
For more than a year, Hempen has been involved with each of the layers, including the selection of the team from the state of Colorado following a three-weekend regional event in Las Vegas, Nev.
Hempen, with several key contacts in the south, returned to coach that regional squad, including an international tournament in Costa Rica in mid-February. Hempen’s squad won the event, going undefeated and surrendering only two goals in four games.
“It was a great event for these young ladies,” Hempen said. “It was exciting for me to be a part of, and I believe many new relationships were born from this event.”
En route back to Fort Collins, Hempen’s changeover in flights gave him time in Dallas to recruit, followed by a trip to the West Coast for more recruiting.
Hempen returns to Fort Collins in early March, ready to continue the task of building Colorado State’s newest program.