TIFFIN -- Heidelberg University Athletic Director Matt Palm announced on Friday that Patrick Svihlik has been named head coach of the men's soccer program. Svihlik, who spent the past two seasons as the assistant men's & women's soccer coach at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, becomes the sixth coach in program history.
Svihlik's coaching career began at Walsh University, his alma mater, where he played collegiately before injuries forced him off the pitch. Since leaving Walsh, he has had coaching stints at Ohio Athletic Conference rivals Marietta College and Ohio Northern University before joining the Falcons.
"Pat is a well-rounded person with a wealth of experience in coaching, recruiting and mentoring student-athletes," said Palm. "His experience within the OAC is an added bonus."
Svihlik helped guide the Falcons to the NCAA Division II Tournament in both of his seasons at Notre Dame.
"I am excited to take over the men's soccer program. There are a lot of talented student-athletes on the roster," said Svihlik, a native of Broadview Heights, Ohio. "I look forward to helping each player reach their full potential, in the classroom, in the community and on the field."
The Student Princes are one year removed from an OAC Tournament championship. In 2015, the team advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.
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