Hancock Poised to Hire Billy Vinnedge as Men's Soccer Head Coach

The action is pending approval from the board.

Billy VinnedgeJANUARY 8, 2014 -- Pending approval from the board of trustees on January 21, Allan Hancock College selected Central Coast native Billy Vinnedge as the new head coach of the men’s soccer program.

“His enthusiasm, passion and energy for Hancock and soccer made him the ideal candidate for the job,” said Kim Ensing, the associate dean of kinesiology, recreation and athletics.  “He comes with excellent references and is well-respected among the soccer community.  Billy will be an excellent mentor to our student-athletes.”

The Arroyo Grande High graduate is a former Hancock football player, who earned All-Conference honors as a kicker in 2004 and 2005.  He transferred to the University of Wyoming and served as the team’s punter and kicker for two seasons.  He earned All-Mountain West Conference honors for football and academics his senior season.  Vinnedge spent one preseason in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

“I am so excited to coach at a place that provided every opportunity for me and helped me achieve my dreams of playing at a Division I program and earning a shot at playing in the NFL,” said Vinnedge.  “I am living proof of what Hancock can provide, and I look forward to the chance to help my student-athletes achieve their goals, whatever they may be.”

“Billy is the kind of coach who makes you want to be on the soccer field, whether you’re a player or a fan.  I can’t think of a better quality for a coach here at Hancock,” added Ensing.

Vinnedge has spent the last six years as the boys’ soccer coach at Nipomo High School, including the last four at the varsity level.  He’s guided the Titans to three consecutive C.I.F. playoff appearances and the program’s first-ever Los Padres League title.  Nipomo soccer is in the middle of its season.  Vinnedge will stay on with the Titans through the end of the season.

“I know how much talent there is on the Central Coast.  I want to establish Hancock as the place these athletes want to attend to receive an education and play college ball,” said Vinnedge.  “If you get the right people and create a fun environment, there is no reason the program can’t be successful.”

The 28-year-old replaces Al Garcia, who resigned last November after 15 seasons as Hancock’s head coach. 

Vinnedge earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wyoming.  He works as a launch site support engineer at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  He also operates a kicking academy on the Central Coast to train placekickers and punters from throughout the state.  Vinnedge lives in Orcutt with his wife Trina.

 

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Last Modified Jan 17, 2014