(Source: Bellarmine University Sports Information Office)
LOUISVILLE, KY - Bellarmine University Director of Athletic Scott Wiegandt announced today that Chris Tinius (tin-ee-us) is the new women's head soccer coach for the Bellarmine program. Tinius, most recently the associate head coach at Western Kentucky, will oversee all aspects of the program including on-field coaching, recruiting and scheduling.
"With Chris's knowledge of and ties to the local recruiting and fan bases, we feel that he is a great fit for Bellarmine," Wiegandt said. "He will be able to build on the success we've had in women's soccer both on the field and in the classroom. Chris is a proven winner, and his players are quality student-athletes."
In seven seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at WKU, Tinius helped lead the Hilltoppers to a combined record of 87-32-23 with a pair of regular season Sun Belt Conference Championships. Six of those teams earned "Academic All-American Team" awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
"I couldn't be more excited to join the Bellarmine University family and am honored to be able to lead the women's soccer program," Tinius said. I want to thank Scott Wiegandt, Dr. Rhodes, and the rest of the search committee for this opportunity. In meeting with the committee and other staff the passion for Bellarmine athletics was obvious. More importantly there is a clear vision for the university as a whole and a lot of positive momentum across the entire campus. I look forward to playing my part in helping continue to shape the identity of the soccer program, athletic department, and university.
"I would be remiss if I didn't thank Jason Neidell for allowing me to coach at my alma mater for the last seven years and providing a great experience both professionally and personally," Tinius added. "I also want to thank Western's past and current staff and players as their combined efforts and successes have in part helped afford me this opportunity."
Tinius is originally from Bowling Green, where he played on the WKU men's soccer team from 1999-02 and helped the Bowling Green High School soccer team to two state runner-up finishes. In 2005, he was a graduate assistant coach at Troy, where he helped the squad qualify for its first-ever conference tournament berth.
The following year, Tinius joined the coaching staff at Georgia Southern, where he was responsible for recruiting, monitoring academics, and on-field coaching. He helped the Eagles more than double their win total from 2005 and qualify for their first conference tournament since 2002. GSU upset No. 2 seed Davidson in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament, advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2001.
TInius holds an undergraduate degree from Western and a master's in sport and fitness management from Troy. He also holds a USSF National "C" License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.