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Lang Wedemeyer
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Old Dominion
Graduating Year: 1994
Experience: 14 Years
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Career Overview
    Lang Wedemeyer will be entering his 14th season as the head coach of the Jackrabbit soccer program. He will be in search of his 125th win with the Jackrabbits this season. Last year, the Jackrabbits came up short of making The Summit League Tournament for the first time in school history.
    The Jackrabbits will be challenged early in the year as they take part in the University of Texas-San Antonio Tournament and they will also host the Jackrabbit Invitational at Fishback Soccer Park.
    SDSU will be returning a very young team as they have only four seniors, but will have a experienced sophomore class.
    The Jackrabbits will be returning Dani Patterson and Diana Potterveld who both made The Summit League All-Newcomer Team.  SDSU will be very experienced in goal as Elisa Stamatakis returns.  
Excellence Starts Here
    When starting a new program, many schools will allow for a grace period before evaluating the success of that program. South Dakota State University did not have to wait long before it was able to start compiling a list of accomplishments that its lone women’s soccer coach, Lang Wedemeyer, has amassed in his 12-year tenure at South Dakota State University.
    Wedemeyer built the Division II soccer program from the ground up and has led the Jackrabbits through a transition to Division I and a trip to the NCAA College, which included the first NCAA postseason victory for SDSU in the Division I era and the first time a Summit League team won a game at the College Cup.   
From The Ground Up
    Wedemeyer started at SDSU in 2000 with the task of building an NCAA Division II women’s soccer program. His first roster of 19 included just six women who had any collegiate experience, six freshmen, and a mix of seven others, including four that had played club soccer at SDSU in 1999. The roster was put together in just six months before the inexperienced Jackrabbit team took to the field for its inaugural season. In 2000, SDSU posted a 5-12-0 record, including a 1-8 record in the North Central Conference.

Youth Lead SDSU to Postseason Berth
    The following season the Jacks welcomed a freshman class of 14 to its roster. Although the team was young in age, they were able to post the the first winning season in SDSU history as Wedemeyer marched his second-year program into the North Central Conference’s four-team postseason tournament with a 13-6-1 record. For his efforts, Wedemeyer was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year following his 2001 campaign.
    After finishing the 2002 season with a 10-8-0 record, SDSU missed the postseason, struggling with a 2-6-0 record through the conference portion of its schedule.
    In 2003, the Jacks rebounded with their third consecutive winning season. After posting an 8-5-6 overall record and a 2-2-3 record in NCC action, the Jacks were back in the postseason for the second time in three years. Behind the net-minding skills of senior Erin Miller, Wedemeyer’s team posted the fifth-lowest goals-against average in Division II. Miller later became the first player in SDSU history to be named North Central Conference Player of the Year. She was also the first Jackrabbit soccer player to be named an All-American, earning second team honors.

SDSU Makes Transition to Division I
    After leading the four-year-old program to a 36-31-7 record, South Dakota State decided to take its athletic department to the Division I level, leaving Wedemeyer with the task of recruiting players into a program that was not eligible for the NCAA postseason and was without a conference affiliation.
    Wedemeyer accepted the challenge even though it came with its low points. The program returned to where it was just three years earlier, posting a 5-11-1 record during its first season at the Division I level. Although the wins were not rolling in as quickly anymore, SDSU was making solid strides. The program faced 10 new opponents during the 2004 season and saw 11 Division I opponents. Five games into the season, the Jacks earned their first Division I win with a victory over Western Illinois, 2-0, at the Diadora Classic in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 12.
    In 2005, the team recorded another five-win season, posting a 5-12-1 record in its second year of Division I play. The Jacks recorded Division I victories over Northern Iowa, Montana and Murray State, while also holding Big Ten member Minnesota scoreless on Sept. 11.

Wedemeyer Leads Jacks to First Title
    South Dakota State joined the United Soccer Conference for its 2006 campaign. After starting the season with wins over Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois, the Jacks were holding their heads high with a 3-1-1 record through five games. However, SDSU struggled through the middle portion of its schedule. The Jacks went 0-7-1 in their next eight games, scoring just one goal during that stretch. Four of those losses were by scores of 1-0 but the Jacks knew the season was not over yet.
    Over the course of the final seven games of the season the Jacks posted a 5-1-1 record, which included a 2-0-1 record in the United Soccer Conference tournament to claim the USC championship. During SDSU’s three tournament games, goalkeepers Nicole Lograsso and Jenn Davis combined for three straight shutouts.
    The conference tournament title was the first for SDSU at any level and especially a nice reward for Wedemeyer after starting a program from scratch and leading it to a Division I conference title.

A New Home For SDSU Athletics, Soccer
    The 2007 season marked the first year for SDSU as a member of The Summit League. In 2008, the Jacks become a full Division I member and eligible for NCAA postseason competition.

NCAA College Cup Contender
    In 2008, Wedemeyer led the Jacks to a 15-5-1 record in their first year of eligibility for Division I postseason play. After winning the Summit League’s regular season title with a 7-1 record, the Jacks went on to win the conference tournament, earning them a trip to the NCAA College Cup.
    Wedemeyer’s 14th-seeded team beat the nationally ranked Colorado Buffaloes 1-0 in the first round of the Cup. It marked the first NCAA postseason victory for SDSU and was the first time a team from the Summit League won a game at the College Cup.
    The win garnered national attention in the soccer world and created a buzz throughout SDSU and the state. Wedemeyer was selected as the Soccerbuzz.com runner-up coach of the year and the South Dakota Sports Writers Women’s College Coach of the Year. That season he coached six Summit League all-conference selections, two all-newcomer team selections, the Summit League’s Defensive Player of the Year and an Academic All-American along with numerous other athletic and academic honors.

Outside of South Dakota State
    In addition to starting the women’s soccer program at SDSU, Wedemeyer has also been involved in other aspects of the South Dakota and national soccer community. He is a National Soccer Coaches Association of America regional director, overseeing all the coaching certification in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.
    Wedemeyer is currently a NSCAA National Staff Coach and Regional Technical Director. He has traveled throughout the country conducting coaching certification and running clinics over the past ten years.
    In the summer of 2002, Wedemeyer added another title to his list of coaching credentials as he served as a coach for the Olympic Development Program Region II teams in the 1987, 1990 and 1993 age group teams, taking them on trips to Germany and Holland. In March 2010, he took the 1993 team to the Women’s International Algarve Tournament in Portugal. The team beat Ireland’s U17 National team, Sevilla’s women’s professional team and the women’s professional team from Benfica, Portugal. This same team beat Costa Rica’s U20 National team, which played in the U20 2010 World Cup in Germany.   

Prior to SDSU
    Wedemeyer joined the SDSU staff in 2000 as the first coach in women’s soccer history. Before taking his current post, Wedemeyer was the director of coaching and women’s coordinator for the Roanoke Valley Youth Soccer Club. His three-year tenure as the club’s assistant executive director included overseeing all 28 teams and their coaches.
    One of the youngest coaches in the United States to obtain all levels of coaching certification, Wedemeyer holds nine professional soccer coaching licenses, including a United State Soccer Federation “A” license and the NSCAA Premier diploma.
    While working on his master’s degree at Old Dominion, Wedemeyer served as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program.

Playing Career
    Wedemeyer began his collegiate playing career at Virginia Tech University, where he was voted the ‘Hokies best defensive player two years in a row. He later transferred to Old Dominion University (Va.), where he captained the team and earned second-team academic All-America honors in 1994.
    Wedemeyer also has extensive professional playing experience in the United Soccer Leagues. He played three years for his hometown Roanoke Wrath before playing with the Sioux Falls Spitfire at the beginning of the team’s first season in 2001.