MITCHELL, S.D. – After two years as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at Dakota Wesleyan University, Stefan Skillman is ready to move on to the next phase of his career, and has a tall task ahead of him.
Skillman, who graduates in May from the university with a master of arts in education, has been hired as the inaugural women’s soccer head coach at Sheridan College, a junior college in Sheridan, Wyo. The college, which competes in Region 9 as a Division 1 member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, will offer men’s and women’s soccer for the first time starting in August.
“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Stefan to our Generals staff,” Sheridan College Athletics Director Steve Smiley said in a press release. “Stefan is a committed, driven coach who is extremely active and passionate about the game of soccer. He is well respected by his peers in the profession.”
While at Dakota Wesleyan, Skillman served as the men’s graduate assistant coach and the head coach of the men’s junior varsity program. He also worked closely with the team’s goal keepers. Skillman came to DWU after graduating from Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2011. He was a goalie there for two seasons, and held various assistant and head coaching positions for rec league, junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams. In 2009, he was the head assistant coach for the Grace men’s team, as well as the Ottawa Hills High School varsity girls’ team.
Under Skillman, the Tigers finished second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2011 and hosted their first-ever postseason tournament game. Dakota Wesleyan made it to the tournament semifinals in both 2011 and 2012 under Skillman’s guidance.
Skillman, who grew up in western New York, has his USSF E License from the U.S. Soccer Federation and has received his Regional Diploma and Advanced Regional Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.