The Spring Hill College Department of Athletics today named Christian DeVries as the Head Coach of its women's soccer team. DeVries joins the SHC staff after a highly successful 12-year career at the University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM).
"I'm honored that Spring Hill asked me to be part of their family," said DeVries. "This is a great move professionally and personally for me and my family. The Spring Hill women's program is poised to move to the next level of success and I am thrilled to be joining the program at this time."
Over the past four seasons with the NCAA Division III Cougars, DeVries' men's team compiled an overall record of 52-23-7 and an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) record of 35-15-6 along with two conference tournament titles in 2007 and ‘08 and the ‘09 regular season crown. In 2008, he was a selected the UMAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking over the men's program, DeVries coached the Cougar women's program for eight years. During the first five years he turned an NCAA Division II program that went 4-11 in the 1998 season into a conference contender that finished third in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) in 2002. In 2003 UMM joined the UMAC while transitioning to NCAA Division III and DeVries' teams promptly captured one regular season and two conference tournament titles between 2003 and 2005.
SHC Athletic Director Jim Hall said, "I am very pleased that Christian has chosen to come to Spring Hill College. He has an excellent track record of success both athletically and in the classroom. Christian really impressed the committee with his level of preparation and professionalism during the interview process. I have no doubt that he'll be able to attract high quality student athletes to our women's soccer program."
DeVries' teams have been notable for their success in the classroom as well. Over his time with women's team, the Cougars earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards for holding a team grade point average over 3.0 in seven of his eight years at the helm.
Before joining the UMM staff, DeVries served as the head women's soccer coach at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., during the 1994 and '95 seasons. His tenure at MVC included an All-American selection, four Academic All-Americans and earning a No. 17 rating in the NAIA national poll.
In total, DeVries has compiled an overall men's and women's record of 142-127-16 (.526) and a postseason record of 14-6-1 (.667). He has coached 64 All-Conference selections, 60 conference Scholar Athletes and 17 regional and national Scholar Athletes and 2 All American/All Region Athletes.
DeVries began his coaching career in 1991 when he assisted in starting and coaching the women's club soccer team at his alma mater Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. A year later, he became the new team's head coach.
At Adams State, DeVries earned dual bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Industrial Technology in 1991 and a master's in Guidance & Counseling in 1993.
DeVries has completed his NSCAA Advanced National Badge, USSF "A" License and, most recently, his Brazilian "C" License.
DeVries and his wife, Debra, have three children, Mikaela, Brynn, and Macen.