MSC -- Murray State College has a new head women's soccer coach. The College has hired Cortney Wiesler to lead the team in its inaugural season. Coach Wiesler joins the Murray State College coaching staff after spending the last six years at the NCAA DI level. Coach Wiesler served as the Director of Soccer Operations at the University of Kentucky from 2009 to 2014, and as the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Creighton University in 2014.
MSC Athletic Director Zach Crabtree says he is excited to have Wiesler as a part of the Aggie coaching family.
“Cortney was chosen as the first head women's soccer coach in MSC history because of the passion she has for coaching soccer and building young ladies into women,” he says. “Coach Wiesler brings a wealth of knowledge and connections to Murray State College which will help her build our women's soccer program from the ground up.”
And Wiesler is hitting the ground running to build that program. She is already recruiting players for her first team. While she knows it will be a lot of work, she says she's excited for the challenge of filling her roster. So what is she looking for in her new players? In a nutshell: hard workers.
“In a perfect world I would love to have technical, athletic, fast, soccer players,” she says. “Past that I want players that love the grind and will never give up. I am looking for both mental and physical strength, leadership on and off the field, and players that put the team before themselves.”
Wiesler says she will hold her team to a very high standard, expecting the players to always do their very best both on and off the field. She says her experience and attention to details will help her be a better coach and a good example for her players.
“We have a blank canvas in front of us and we can do whatever we want with it,” says Wiesler. “This team will be all about family and a relentless work ethic to be the best we can be. I try not to make long term goals. I would rather focus on getting better every day.”
Men's soccer was added to the MSC roster of athletics last year, bringing a new sport to the College and Aggie fans. Fans got a few chances to cheer for the Aggies at home, but most of the team's games were played on the road. Next fall with both the men and women playing games in Ardmore, Aggie fans will get more opportunities to experience college soccer. For those not familiar with soccer and soccer rules, Wiesler says there's nothing to being a fan.
“Just show up and cheer your team on - nothing to it,” she says. “You don't have to know every rule in the book to be a soccer fan. Anyone can watch a game and see if a team or player is giving it their all. The more soccer people watch the quicker they pick up on the rules and tactics of the game.”
More importantly, she says it's about supporting the team and having fun.
“Fan support is always important. It's always exciting to play in front of a crowd cheering you on. A team feeds off the emotions from the crowd.”
Interested players can find more information about the new program, and Coach Wiesler, on the Murray State College website at mscok.edu. The first ever MSC women's soccer team will take the field in the fall 2015 semester.