Lexington, Ky. - Silvia Vazquez, a former Division II standout, has been hired as an assistant coach with the Transylvania women's soccer program, head coach Luis Reis announced Tuesday.
"From a strong pool of candidates, we are excited that Silvia will be joining the Pioneers family," said Reis. "Silvia has a great work ethic and the desire to become successful. She is driven and passionate about the game. She was a leader, a captain, and an All-American player in college. Her playing and coaching experience at the college, club, and high school level will benefit our program."
Vazquez, a native of Redwood City, California, makes a return east after playing at NCAA Division II Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina from 2010 through 2014.
Since completing an All-American collegiate career, Vazquez returned to the Bay Area and has cultivated a diverse coaching resume.
Vazquez arrives at Transylvania after serving as both the head coach of the FORCE North Soccer Club in San Mateo, California and the head coach of the Sacred Heart Prep Girls JV Squad in Atherton, California.
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff at Transylvania University," said Vazquez. "I'm excited for the season to start and look forward to growing as a coach and mentor for the women's soccer program."
Prior to her head coaching stints with FORCE and Sacred Heart Prep, Vazquez spent a year as the head coach of the Juventus Soccer Club, a youth organization competing in US Club Soccer's National Premier League and with the US Soccer Development Academy.
Along with her coaching experience, Vazquez adds elite playing perspective in her new role at Transylvania. In between her collegiate and coaching careers, Vazquez played two seasons of soccer in the Women's Professional Soccer League, participating with the 2015 Olympic Force (Seattle, Washington), and FC Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Vazquez's professional career followed a prolific collegiate career, notching NSCAA All-American honors as a senior in 2013 after leading her team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Vazquez was twice named to both the All-Southeast Region Team and her conference's first team and led her team to conference tournament championship appearances in all four of her years at Belmont Abbey.
Primarily a defender during her playing days, Vazquez was named the 2013 Conference of Carolina Defensive Player of the Year. At Transylvania, Vazquez joins a program which limited opponents to one goal or fewer in 13 of 17 matches last season.
The brand new coaching staff prepares to set sail with the 2017 Transylvania women's soccer squad on Friday, September 1 versus Wilmington (OH) College in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Reis is in his first year leading the Pioneers after spending 20 winning seasons at Wheaton College in Massachusetts where he accumulated over 300 coaching wins.
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