September 30, 2020

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Keil selected to lead UMN Morris women’s soccer

UMM Sports Information

The University of Minnesota Morris has selected Bianca Keil to lead the Cougar women’s soccer program. Keil brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cougar staff from multiple different levels, including NCAA DII and DIII, NJCAA, and high school soccer.  

“I am incredibly excited to welcome Bianca Keil to the University of Minnesota Morris,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Matt Johnson said. “A strong head coach is essential for supporting the health and wellness of our Cougar student-athletes. During the search process, many things stood out about Coach Keil. None were more prominent than her amazing passion for working with student-athletes and helping them to develop and grow. The future of Cougar women’s soccer is bright, and Coach Keil’s leadership will be instrumental. Welcome to the Cougar family!”

Keil served as assistant women’s soccer at the University of Illinois-Springfield from 2017 to 2019. She helped lead the NCAA DII program to a school record for victories in a season and their first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVS) tournament bid. She was responsible for bringing in 24 student-athletes over three recruiting cycles and coaching two GLVS Defensive Players of the Week. Keil coordinated academic resources for the program and saw players achieve a 3.66 cumulative GPA in 2018-19.

As men’s and women’s assistant soccer coach and intramurals director at Illinois College (Jackson, IL), Keil recruited more than 30 student-athletes from across the country to the NCAA DIII liberal arts college in two seasons from 2015 to 2017. Her first recruiting class brought in 21 new student-athletes and helped boost the women’s program competitiveness.  

“I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program at Morris,” Keil said. “Throughout the interview process, I was impressed with the young women on the team and all the people I talked to from the university. I am thankful to the search committee, Cougar athletics’ staff, and campus leaders for believing in my vision for the future of this program. My family and I are excited to join the Cougar community!”

A native of Gilbert, AZ, Keil began her coaching career at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, AZ moving from assistant coach to head coach. Seton Prep saw great success in her five years as head coach and her tenure with the program, qualifying for eight state tournaments, reaching three state championship finals, and winning a state championship title. 

Keil’s collegiate coaching career began at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where she assisted the men’s and women’s programs. She also served as youth and high school club soccer coach with the Arizona Arsenal and Barcelona of Maricopa. 

Keil played collegiate soccer for Scottsdale Community College, where she earned her associate’s degree. Keil went on to earn bachelor of science degrees from the Pima Medical Institute in Respiratory Therapy and Arizona State University in exercise and wellness. She is pursuing her master of education degree in sports administration from Missouri Baptist University and looks forward to degree completion in 2020.

Keil holds licensure and membership with the United States Soccer Federation and United Soccer Coaches. Over the last four years, she has led and been part of the coaching staff for summer camp programs for Exact Sports (in St. Louis and Chicago), the University of Illinois-Springfield, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Monmouth College, and Texas A&M.

The Cougars are slated to open the fall season on Tuesday, September 1, against The College of St. Benedict. Their first home match is Saturday, September 12, vs St. Catherine’s University.