For the second time in three weeks, Emporia State has named a new head coach to its athletic department. Yesterday,
Bryan Sailer was named the new head soccer coach at ESU. From the opening statement, Sailer was excited for the opportunity.
“I’m here to develop something special,” Sailer said. “I’m here to bring what I know and know I can do to Emporia State, and that excites me greatly.”
A coaching profile that includes multiple levels of coaching experience, Sailer has a combined record of 244-68-12 in his career as a head coach. After coaching at the high school level in Colorado for 10 years, Sailer came to Kansas where he began his career at Barton Community College in Great Bend.
Sailer was named the Jayhawk Conference Coach of the year in 2008 and went on to hold a 59-23-2 record at Barton. In 2008, Sailer led the Cougars to the KJCAA Championships and an 18-4 overall record.
Not only does Sailer bring a winning record as well as enthusiasm to Emporia, he plans on expanding his recruitment process internationally as well, something he has done in the past.
“It’s a universal sport,” Sailer said. “I’ve had players from about 10 different countries. If you have a couple of international players, they all play different styles in what they’re used to, and mixing that in is tough to defend. It could be very dynamic.”
Director of Athletics Kent Weiser echoed the excitement that recruiting internationally brings to both the soccer program and the ESU campus.
“That possibility is exciting,” Weiser said. “A lot of times you can get kids (who) just want a chance to play in college. And you can get some really quality players without the scholarship costs if you know where to look, and they get a chance to go to school in the U.S. He’ll exhaust all possibilities. I’m sure of that.”
Sailer’s strength in his resume comes from turning around the soccer program at Barton something that will have to be done here at ESU. Last season the Hornets struggled to break ties in going 1-11-6 and tying the MIAA record for ties in a season.
Sophomore Midfielder Ashley Hill noted the excitement that Sailer’s resume brings to the current Hornets.
“I think he’s going to do a really good at attacking to get our numbers up instead of just playing defense most of the time like we have been for a while,” Hill said.
Despite the work that has to be done, Sailer said that ESU will be a good sell for future recruits.
“(ESU) is a very good sell,” Sailer said. “I’m selling the future… and you’re selling the fact that you’re going to be part of something special. We’re going to do this together, and we’re going to turn this thing around, and we’re going to do it the right way.”