Champions Start Here!
WKU competes on a national stage in NCAA Division I Athletics. Specifically, the WKU Soccer program boasts 15 of 17 winning seasons, 3 conference championship appearances, 2 conference championships, 5 conference players of the year, 3 coaches of the year, and 2 professional players. Academically, the program claims 9 academic performance titles, 7 Academic All-Americans, 6 WKU scholar-athletes of the year, and a 3.6 cumulative Team GPA.
Jason Neidell, the only head coach in WKU women’s soccer history, enters his 17th season at the helm of WKU’s soccer program in 2017. Neidell has guided the Lady Toppers program since its inception in 2001 and continues to bring the program more recognition on the national stage.
In 2016, WKU enjoyed its finest season since joining Conference USA, posting a 12-6-1 record and finishing third overall in the conference standings. Freshman Chandler Backes became just the fifth player in program history with double-digit goals in one season, and the Lady Toppers surrendered just 13 goals in 19 matches, the second-fewest allowed in a single season in program history. After being selected eighth in the preseason coaches’ poll, Neidell earned C-USA Coach of the Year accolades for piloting the Lady Toppers to their third-place finish.
WKU also set a new C-USA record during a six-week stretch during the 2016 season, earning six consecutive Player of the Week awards under Neidell’s watch. That streak established a new record as the longest in conference history.
DuChateau joins the Lady Toppers as an assistant coach, where his primary duties will include recruiting coordinator and training the field players. DuChateau arrives on The Hill following three head coaching stops at Lassen Community College (Susanville, Calif.), Antelope Valley (Lancaster, Calif.) and most recently at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan. A two-time conference Coach of the Year selection in 2015 and 2016, DuChateau owns a 55-18-3 record as a head coach across five seasons.
In his one season at Ottawa, DuChateau coached the Braves to a 15-4-1 overall record while being ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation at the NAIA level. DuChateau’s side featured two First Team All-Conference selections, four Second Team picks and two Honorable Mention players, a group that included Reighna Walker, the KCAC Freshman of the Year.
DuChateau also brings championship experience to the Lady Toppers from his two seasons (2014 and 2015) at Lassen Community College. In his second campaign, he led Lassen to the Golden Valley Conference championship en route to his first Coach of the Year selection. After moving to the University of Antelope Valley, he claimed California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year honors in his first season at the helm while reaching the finals of the conference tournament.
Nimitz will serve in the role of assistant coach, where her primary duty will be the training, mentorship and development of the team’s goalkeepers. Nimitz joins the Lady Toppers after two seasons as an assistant coach at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., working primarily with the Hawks’ goalkeepers. Over that same time frame, Nimitz has also served as the head coach of Florida Sol FC, a WPSL side based in Jacksonville, Fla.
While at Quincy, Nimitz’s goalkeepers collected 22 shutouts across 40 matches, including a school-record streak of eight consecutive shutouts by Megan Swanson during the 2017 campaign. During her two seasons, the Hawks put together a 27-10-3 record and finished the 2017 season ranked No. 11 in the nation after reaching the Division II Sweet 16.
Nimitz was part of the Quincy staff recognized as a Division II Regional Coaching Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches in 2017. In just two seasons, she helped to coach a First Team All-American, a First Team Scholar All-American, five All-Region selections and 13 All-Conference picks, including the 2017 Great Lakes Valley Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year and 2018 Co-Freshman of the Year.
In addition to her collegiate experience, Nimitz has worked extensively as the Camp Director of Beast Mode Soccer based in Los Angeles, CA. Working under the founder of the program and one of the top technical trainers in the world, David Copeland Smith, Nimitz has worked with elite players from across the nation, helping to develop their technical abilities while improving weaker areas of their game in the process.