Michael ZionHead Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-2034
Michael Zion was announced as head coach on April 25, 2014 after being an assistant with the program since 2010.
During his tenure as Anderson’s assistant coach, Zion has won 50 matches, while appearing in the NCAA Tournament three of the four seasons. Zion has coached a two-time All-American, an all-region Player of the Year and nine all-region players.
In his final season as an assistant coach with the program, Zion led the Trojans to a fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship, before falling to Queens, 2-0. Despite the setback in the title match, Anderson earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament, falling in the first round to eventual national runner-up, Carson-Newman. AU wrapped up the 2013 season with a 12-7-3 record and led Lars Zimmerman and Andre Carle to NSCAA all-district honors.
Despite a rough start to the 2012 season, Zion helped lead a late charge, as Anderson captured its third straight SAC Tournament championship, despite entering the conference tournament with a 4-10-3 overall record. The Trojans knocked off Lincoln Memorial, 1-0, to earned their third straight conference tournament championship. Zion coached Shu Ogawa and goalkeeper Lukas Hesse to NSCAA All-Southeast Region honors, while Zimmerman was picked to the Daktronics Second-Team All-Region.
In 2011, Zion assisted an AU team that finished the year 17-4 and closed its SAC schedule with a perfect 9-0 conference record. During the year, Anderson went on an 11-match winning streak, outscoring its opponents 29-5 during the span. In the postseason, Anderson claimed its second straight SAC Tournament championship, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne in overtime, 1-0, to claim the title. Zion coached four Trojans to the Daktronics all-region team, while Lasse Sohweide earned All-America honors for the second straight season.
In his first season on the Trojan coaching staff, Zion helped lead the Black and Gold to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, after winning their first SAC Tournament championship. The Trojans closed the 2010 season with a 15-6-2 record and a 6-3 mark in their first season as members of the SAC. Anderson also finished 17th in the NSCAA rankings, while Sohweide was named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer All-America First Team.
Zion, a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain from 2003-06, scored nearly two dozen goals, recorded 21 assists and notched four game-winning scores during his tenure at AU. The native of Spartanburg, S.C., helped transform a Trojan squad that claimed just three wins in his rookie season into a perennial contender for conference titles. Anderson won a combined 27 matches over his final three campaigns, and battled top-seeded Queens to a draw in the opening round of the 2006 CVAC Tournament Championship.
Following his collegiate career, Zion played for the Palm Beach Pumas in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), Performance FC in the Premier Arena Soccer League and Performance FC Phoenix in Greenville, S.C., in 2008. He also spent a season with the London, England Kickers in the FA Futsal League.
Zion received his bachelor’ degree in kinesiology from Anderson following his collegiate career.
Will Van NostrandAssistant Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-2034
Will Van Nostrand begins his first season with the Trojans after being hired on Aug. 7, 2014. Van Nostrand becomes the first assistant under current head coach, Michael Zion.
Before spending time at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa as the men’s soccer head coach, Van Nostrand spent three seasons as the men’s and women’s soccer assistant coach at his alma mater, Spalding, in Louisville, Ky. While at Spalding, Van Nostrand’s primary responsibilities included recruiting, technical training budgeting for the program and game-day operations. The Louisville native also assisted with the team’s website and social media outlets while helping with the reserve teams.
At the club level, Van Nostrand spent three years with the Louisville Soccer Alliance, being named the head coach of the U-23 men’s team in 2013 and the assistant coach of the 98’s men team from 2012-14. With the Louisville Soccer Alliance, his U-23 squad was a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association and won a state championship in 2013 and finished second in the state in 2014. Following both seasons, the team earned a spot into the Region II Championships and the Tournament of Champions.
Also in 2014, Van Nostrand earned his license through the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
As a player, Van Nostrand’s collegiate career started at Spalding where he was named all-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team in 2003 and 2004. Following the 2004 season, Spalding transferred to Anderson where he played with Zion for two seasons until 2007. While with the Trojans, Van Nostrand started in the midfield and scored five goals and totaled six assists, leading the Black and Gold to a winning record in 2005.
Van Nostrand left Anderson and finished out his collegiate career with Spalding in 2009 where he was named an United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) All-American following his final season. To go along with his All-American status, the midfielder was named to the all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) second team and the all-conference academic team, while regionally being selected to the NSCAA academic all-region team.
Before returning to Spalding, Van Nostrand spent a year with the Professional Development League’s Palm Beach Pumas and helped the team to a sixth place finish in the Southeast Division.
In the classroom, Van Nostrand earned a bachelor of science in business administration in 2012 and his master’s in business communication in 2014, both from Spalding.