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Coaches

Head Coach Travis Eschenmann (Email: vpitrav@vt.edu)

Travis has been coaching both Club and High School teams for the past 14 years and currently holds both a Regional NSCAA and National D USSF license. Travis is entering his eight season as the varsity coach for the Blacksburg High School Girls soccer team, while he previously coached the JV team for two seasons. His record is 183-32-7 through his 10 seasons.  In 2016, Travis was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and was one of 8 coaches eligible for the National Small Public School Coach of the Year by the NSCAA.

Travis’s club coaching experience includes various age groups such as the U-18 and U-13 Girls teams for the NRUSA. Travis has also served as the Head Coach for the NRU U9 and U10 Boys Academy. In addition to his coaching experience, Travis has spent six years as a certified referee for the VHSL, USSF and PIAA. As a referee Travis officiated rec, club, high school and semi-professional games.

Travis has been named the River Ridge District Coach of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, and co-COY in 2013), Conference 32 Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Region IV Coach of the Year (2011 and 2012), Region 3A West Coach of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016) and All-Timesland Coach of the Year (2010, 2011 and 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). Travis was also selected to coach in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 VSCHA All-Star games.

In 2014, Travis was award the “Virginia Coach of the Year-Small Public School” by the NSCAA. In 2015, Travis was named the “East Region Coach of the Year” for TopDrawer Soccer’s All-Region Team covering all High Schools in the states of Virginia and Delaware. In 2016, Travis was award the “Virginia Coach of the Year-Small Public School” by the NSCAA for the second time.

Travis holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction.

Travis serves as the President of the Board of Directors for New River United, a member of the women’s soccer committee of the VHSCA Legislative Council and the VHSCA 3A All State Classification Chair for Girls Soccer.

Travis and his wife, Megan, have three children: Wyatt, Ethan and Carter.

Home Phone: 540-951-1104 Email: vpitrav@vt.edu

Assistant Coach: Kelsey Fuller

Kelsey is in her 6th season as a member of the Blacksburg coaching staff. As a player Kelsey was a 4 year starter for the BHS Girls Soccer Program. In 2011, Kelsey set the school record for career shutouts(45) and also recorded a record number (16) shutouts in a season. She helped lead the Blacksburg girls program to its first State Championship appearance and was selected to the VHSCA All Star Game in 2011. Kelsey will be working with both JV and Varsity goal keepers.

Assistant Coach: Open

Team Trainer: Dan Clark

The Voice of BHS Girls Soccer: Chris Wakley

JV Coaches
Head Coach: Eric Ruppert

Eric has been coaching on various levels for the past 19 years. He has coached both club and recreational soccer at NRUSA, club soccer at GC United, and has been the varsity girls head coach at Giles High School for the past 5 years. He has worked with boys and girls from the Kindergarten level all the way up to U18 during those seasons. He also served as the recreation commissioner for 3 season at NRUSA. He acquired a record of 32 wins 36 losses and 4 draws in those 5 years at Giles and is the current record holder for wins at the school. Under his supervision, Giles accomplished many firsts. They won their first district game, their first district tournament game, their first regional tournament game and made a regional semifinal appearance.

Eric has been a teacher for 15 years and has taught grades 5-8. He is currently teaching 5th graders at Eastern Elementary School in Giles County.

Assistant Coach: Neil Schmidt

Coach Schmidt is in his theird year of working with the BHS Soccer Program.  Coach Schmidt assists both the JV and Varsity teams and works with Goal Keepers.  Previously, Coach Schmidt was the head boy’s soccer coach for Giles High School from 1990-2007.  In 2006 he began the program’s first girls soccer team.

In his playing career, Neil was a member of the 1975 University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team.  Coach Schmidt served as Assistant Soccer Coach for the men’s team at Bloomsburg University in 1984 and was an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s soccer programs at the University of Notre Dame through 1990.

Assistant Coach: Open

Previous Coaches
Cory Carroll: Varsity Assistant Coach: (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Sam Perry: JV Assistant Coach: (2016, 2017)

Karen Strat: Varsity Assistant Coach (2015, 2016)

Nikki Hladik: JV Head Coach (2016)

Riley Butler: JV Head Coach (2015)

Kelly Conheeney: Varsity Assistant Coach (2014)

Sarah Hill: JV Head Coach (2014)

Lindsey Henderson: Varsity Assistant Coach (2013)

Christine Linker and Jessie McGraw: JV Co-Coaches (2013)

Kyle Henderson: JV Head Coach (2012)

Hayley Rhoades: Varsity Assistant Coach (2010 – 2012)

Katie Kooiman: Varsity Assistant Coach (2012)

Christie Djordjevic: JV Assistant Coach (2012)

Caity Flint: JV Assistant Coach (2011)

Kevin Voelker: JV Head Coach (2010-2011)

Molly Mallon: JV Head Coach (2010-2011)

Jennifer Harvey: Varsity Assistant Coach (2011)

Ashley Owens: Varsity Assistant Coach (2009-2010)

Kelly Mitchell: JV Assistant Coach (2010)

Erin Crede: JV Head Coach (2008-2009)

Matt Williams: Varsity Assistant Coach (2008-2009)

Heather Hallberg: Varsity Assistant Coach (2008)

David Burch: Varisty Head Coach (2003 – 2007)

Katie Dolan: Varsity Assistant Coach (2007)

Kacie Brosious: JV Assistant Coach (2009)

Kristin Cox: JV Assistant Coach (2007)

Andrea Angelos: Varsity Assistant Coach (2006)

Angie Rossi: Varsity Assistant Coach (2005)

Elaine Giuliani: Varisty Assistant Coach (2004)

Julie Stoops: Varsity Assistant Coach (2003)

Julio Opazo: Varsity Head Coach (?-2002)