Luke Sanford, Head Coach
Luke Sanford begins his fourth season as Indiana Wesleyan University men's soccer coach for the 2018-19 season.
Sanford led the Wildcats to the program's best-ever finish at the NAIA National Championship in 2015 as the team advanced to the national quarterfinals where they lost 3-0 to eventual national champion and top-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio).
Before coming to Indiana Wesleyan, Sanford was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.), a program that recently left the NAIA to compete in NCAA Division II. Sanford was an integral part of turning a two-win Point Loma Nazarene team in 2012 into a team that went 7-8-3 in 2013.
He has coaching experience in the USL Premier Development League. Sanford was a coaching intern with the Charlotte Eagles in 2011 and an assistant coach with Southern WV Kings Warriors in 2012. He also coached club soccer with the Charlotte Soccer Academy and Surf Soccer Club.
“We are really happy to have Luke Sanford as our head men’s soccer coach,” said Indiana Wesleyan Athletic Director Mark DeMichael. “His priorities really match up well with Indiana Wesleyan’s mission statement. He really wants to invest in the spiritual growth of the soccer players as well as make them the best soccer players they can be.”
Sanford played soccer in the NAIA at Houghton (N.Y.) and also played for the Mississippi Brilla in the PDL. He was a graduate assistant and then an assistant coach at Nyack out of New York. In 2011, Nyack earned its first-ever NCAA Division II postseason bid.
“He has a very diverse coaching experience,” said DeMichael. “He has coached on the eastern part of the country and the western part of the country. He has great coaching DNA with his dad being a very successful coach and a brother who coaches. It makes Luke a great fit at Indiana Wesleyan.”
Sanford will be returning to his former team, USL League Two Mississippi Brilla, for the 2019 summer season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Luke Sanford back to Mississippi,” said Executive Director Rusty Bryant. “We believe that Luke is one of the top up-and-coming young coaches in our country. He has been a part of Brilla as a player in the past, and everything about him lines up perfectly with our mission. We have no doubt that Luke will continue the tradition of excellence that we are accustomed to, both on and off the field. We appreciate IWU allowing Luke the flexibility to coach with us this summer.”
Luke is married to his wife Margaret, and the couple has two sons, Cliff and Kai.
Joshua Kremers, Assistant Coach
Josh Kremers enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer program in 2018-19.
Kremers is an integral part to the program and is involved in all facets from training to game management and camp curriculum development. He brings a true conviction of how the game should be played, a relational heart for developing young men of character, and a winning pedigree to the staff.
A 2014 graduate of Messiah College, Kremers helped the Falcons win three National Championships in 2010,2012, and 2013 and was named All-Commonwealth Conference in 2011 and 2013. Kremers has PDL playing experience with the Charlotte Eagles and Southern West Virginia Kings Warriors.
After his playing career, Kremers spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Olivet Nazarene University where he helped lead the team to the 2014 CCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships as well as an NAIA National Tournament appearance. While at ONU he earned his MBA in 2016.
Kremers spent the 2017 summer as an assistant coach under Dave Dixon with the Charlotte Eagles in the PDL. He helped the team win the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in the organization's history. He is currently the head coach for the Hoosier FC U16 MRL team.
Kremers hails from Wheaton, Illinois and is a graduate of Wheaton Academy.
Jordan Farr, Goalkeeper Coach
Jordan Farr is a professional goalkeeper for the USL Championship Club, Indy Eleven. Coach Farr hails from Salem, Oregon where he was a standout goalkeeper for Corban University (NAIA).
Farr capped off a standout career with the Warrior men’s soccer program, owning the career goals-against-average record at 0.74 and the school record with 44 career shutouts. He also ranks 2nd All-Time in NAIA history with those 44 shutouts, including nine during his senior season. He twice collected Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Defensive Player of the Year plaudits, and he garnered NAIA All-America accolades as well.
On top of his efforts between the pipes for the Warriors, Farr also collected 2017 PDL All-Western Conference Team honors while playing with the Portland Timbers U23s. He was then the only NAIA goalkeeper to be named to the PDL’s College ‘Watch List’.
Nico Matern, Assistant Coach
Nico Matern is a professional soccer player for the USL Championship Club, Indy Eleven.
Matern, 25, spent the 2017-18 Season with Indiana Wesleyan University, helping the Wildcats register a 12W-9D-2L season, totaling three goals and 10 assists in 21 appearances. Overall, Matern’s performance with IWU earned him National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-Team honors.
A native of Buxtehude, Germany, Matern began his career playing in FC St. Pauli’s, a second division Bundesliga, youth system. After spending time playing with FC St. Pauli’s Under-17 and 19 squads from 2009-2010, Matern began to make his way around to a number of third, fourth and fifth division teams throughout the German soccer pyramid.