FORT WAYNE, Ind. - IPFW Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton has named Jason Burr as the head coach of the women’s soccer program.
“We are excited to bring in someone of Jason’s experience and enthusiasm to lead the soccer program,” said Hartley Hutton. “The soccer program is in great hands, and we expect big things from the program in the coming seasons.”
Most recently, Jason was the head coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., where he directed the program since 2012. Prior to taking over the Benedictine program he was an assistant coach and later interim head coach at Northern Illinois University, where he helped lead the program to a record 13-match unbeaten streak. Also in his four years with the Huskies, he helped mentor Lindsey Curnock, who set the Mid-American Conference (MAC) career shutout record with 28.
“I am very honored to be the new head women’s soccer coach at IPFW,” said Burr. “I would sincerely like to thank Kelley Hartley Hutton, Wendy Wilson and the other members of the search committee for presenting me with this incredible opportunity to lead the women’s soccer program. Through my conversations with Kelley and other members of the IPFW staff, I am very impressed with the vision and commitment to success on the field and in the classroom throughout the university as a whole, and of course the entire athletic department as well. I look forward to helping our student-athletes achieve success in those areas with the support of everybody in the athletic department as we continue to move forward in The Summit League.”
A hallmark of each of his programs is Burr’s has promotion of a strong academic approach, evidenced by his Benedictine team earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award, in addition to the NSCAA College Ethics and Sportsmanship Award. At Northern Illinois, five players earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors, and the team had a 3.0 grade point average or better in seven consecutive semesters.
“I would also like to thank Mark McHorney and everybody else at Benedictine University for the opportunity to represent that institution,” said Burr. “The time I spent there was incredibly valuable and rewarding as it provided an opportunity for development professionally that helped me prepare for this terrific opportunity at IPFW.”
Burr spent the 2007 season at Arkansas State where he helped lead the program to a 50-point jump in the RPI over just one season while also tying for the third-most single-season victories in program history. He was an assistant coach at Illinois State during the 2006 season, advancing to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, as three of his recruits with the Cardinals ended their careers with at least one NSCAA All-Region honor.
He was the head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Thomas More College from 2003-2005, leading the Saints to a combined overall record of 42-9-6, helping the team to a 2005 President’s Athletic Conference Championship, and a 2003 NCAA Division III Tournament berth. Burr was the men’s soccer assistant coach at Western Kentucky University for the 2002 season.
A graduate of Austin Peay with a degree in history, Burr holds a United States Soccer Federation National “B” License, and has also worked with the Northern Illinois Football Club (2010-12) and the Olympic Development Program (Region II) in DeKalb, Ill.