Matt Hotchkin enters his fifth year as the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Grace College. Hotchkin has continued to grow the reputation of the men's program, building it into a competitive force in the Crossroads League.
Hotchkin has imprinted his style of play on Grace soccer, resulting in one of Grace's strongest seasons in recent memory in 2011. Last season, the Lancers earned their first winning season since 2003 and made their first appearance to the NCCAA National Championships since 2002.
He has also recruited talented players to bring into Grace's program, including a pair of first-year Lancers who tallied 10 goals in 2011 (Austin Altimus, Shane Barthuly). Prior to Hotchkin bringing in Altimus and Barthuly, only one other Lancer over the previous 15 years had reached 10 single-season goals (Joe Kateule).
Under Hotchkin, the Lancers have hosted a postseason conference tournament game, which had not been done in over half a decade.
“The overall desire is to continue to improve the culture, and so much of that will not be so dramatic...it will take time," Hotchkin said. "However, we are starting to see tangible improvement, and we are excited to continue the excellent tradition of Grace Soccer.”
Prior to coming to Grace College, Hotchkin served as the head men’s coach at Northland International University (Dunbar, Wisc.) from 2003-07. While there, he led the men’s program to five consecutive regional championships, two NCCAA National Championships, and was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
“This program can move into the national NAIA soccer scene within just a few seasons,” Hotchkin continued. “Our goal is to win, while at the same time, striving to keep our values and our mission in place. We want men who are serious about their faith in Christ, serious about life, serious about soccer, and at the same time, know how to have a great time.”
Hotchkin graduated from Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.) where he earned a degree in Bible/religion with a minor in history. He holds two Professional Development Certificates along with a National Diploma from the NSCAA.
Hotchkin and his wife Jennifer have been married for 13 years. The couple has two boys (Will, Matthew) and one girl (Lily). The family resides in Warsaw, Ind.
Ben Anderson begins his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Lancers.
He is a graduate of Northland International University where he completed his undergraduate degree in pastoral studies as well as a master's in biblical studies.
Ben was an assistant coach at Northland for four years, including two years underneath current Lancers head coach Matt Hotchkin. He played four years in college, earning First Team (two years) and Second Team (one year) All-American NCCAA Division II honors (two years), as well as All-Region honors during his playing career.
Kyle Alcorn will begin his fourth year on the Lancers' coaching staff.
Alcorn was a four-year letterman as a vital member of Grace's defense. He also served as team captain during his senior season at Grace and went on to graduate in the spring of 2009.
He is married to Aubrey Alcorn, who is an assistant coach on Grace's women's soccer team.
Joe Kateule enters his seventh season as an assistant coach for the men's soccer team and eighth overall, serving as an assistant for the women's team for a year.
Kateule is a 2005 graduate of Grace College, where he was a two-time NCCAA All-American player in 2003 and 2004. Kateule, who also served as team captain, finished his three-year playing career in the top 10 of Grace's all-time leading goal scorers (33 goals).
He graduated with an undergraduate degree in general business and business administration and went on to obtain a master's degree in intercultural studies.
Kateule brings a different perspective to the Lancer bench having coached soccer at numerous youth levels in Lusaka, Zambia, for Ambassadors in Sports in Ohio, and for Soccer Extreme in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Born and raised in Zambia, South-Central Africa, Kateule obtained a diploma in electrical engineering at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. He represented his country on multiple occasions in the Southern African regional soccer competitions while playing club soccer as an amateur in the Zambian league.
Kateule is married to Brianne and they two sons. The family resides in Winona Lake, Ind.