Luke Sanford, Head Coach
Luke Sanford begins his third season as Indiana Wesleyan University men's soccer coach for the 2017-18 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).
IWU has won four of the last five Crossroads League regular season championships and has won seven of the last 11. Indiana Wesleyan reached four straight Crossroads League Tournament championship matches from 2012-15 and won three of them.
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 matchup 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.”
Luke is married to his wife Margaret, and the couple has two sons, Cliff and Kai.
Joseph Schulman, Assistant Coach
Joe Schulman is in his 11th season on staff of the Indiana Wesleyan University men's soccer team for the 2017-18 season.
Schulman is well acquainted to the Indiana Wesleyan men's soccer program. He spent several years at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and assisted with the boys soccer program. That relationship has aided in bringing many Colorado Springs players to Indiana Wesleyan.
"Joe brings a wealth of soccer experience to the program. He knows the game and has developed many outstanding young athletes, not only in the realm of soccer, but in becoming young men of integrity. Joe continues to help take the program to the next level."
While at Liberty, Schulman was the assistant coach for three state championship teams; 1996, 2004 and 2006. In addition to his previous coaching experience at several other Colorado Springs high schools (head coach Lewis-Palmer boys and Palmer girls), Schulman has coached club soccer at the highest level for 31 consecutive years between Florida and Colorado. Schulman has spent 18 years with the Pride Soccer Club in Colorado Springs, where his team captured a state championship.
Additionally, he served on their coaching committee with the clubs Executive Director for three years during their most significant growth period. He has coached two years of college at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the Southern Colorado Olympic Development program, and many college camps and clinics over the years.
During his coaching career, Schulman has directly assisted in placing over hundreds of players in the college ranks (including one that captained the NAIA national championship team in 2007).
Schulman has a USSF National "C" license.
Joshua Kremers, Assistant Coach
Josh Kremers enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer program in 2017-18.
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 a NAIA National Tournament appearance. While at ONU he earned his MBA in 2016.
Kremers has spent the 2017 summer as an assistant coach under Dave Dixon with the Charlotte Eagles in the PDL. He helped the team win the Easter 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.
Joshua Goepper, Grad Assistant
Josh was a four year starting goalkeeper for Indiana Wesleyan University from 2012-2015. He recently graduated from IWU with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in business administration. Currently, Josh is pursuing his Masters in Business Administration.