Misenheimer, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2019) – Pfeiffer University has selected Sean Esterhuizen to lead the Falcon women's soccer program.
Esterhuizen, an 11-year collegiate soccer coaching veteran, comes to Pfeiffer after spending the past five seasons as the head women's coach at Division II Clarion University in Clarion, Pa.
"I am so excited that Sean Esterhuizen will be our next head women's soccer coach here at Pfeiffer," said Director of Athletics Danielle Lafferty. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program through his personal and professional experiences. I foresee him contributing not only to the women's soccer program but to our athletic department and also to the University. We are excited to welcome him into our Pfeiffer family and have him lead our program to continued success on both the field and in the classroom."
While at Clarion, Esterhuizen helped mentor an All-PSAC and All-Atlantic Region goalkeeper during his initial season with the Golden Eagles. In 2017, Clarion returned the best season in school history, finishing with a 6-7-5 overall record while setting 15 school records and making an appearance in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Rankings.
Academically, 37 Golden Eagle student-athletes received Academic All-Conference honors while helping improve the team GPA from a 3.12 upon his arrival to a 3.71 mark this past season.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Pfeiffer University community," said Esterhuizen. "From my first conversation with Athletic Director Danielle Lafferty, I have been impressed with Pfeiffer's reputation and commitment to excellence both academically and on the field. I am grateful and incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead the women's soccer program at Pfeiffer."
The South Africa native coached both the men's and women's soccer teams at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa for six seasons (2006-2011). At Clarke, he rebuilt the women's program starting in 2006 and by 2009 had achieved a school-record 13 wins (13-5-1; 6-2 MCC). All told, during his helm with the women's program, he had an overall conference record of 23-12-5 (.638) while the average team GPA over his final four seasons improved to a 3.40.
He also started rebuilding the men's program in 2006 and posted a conference record of 19-19-2 (.500) in his six seasons with the Clarke men's team.
Esterhuizen, a native of Florida Park, South Africa, played for the youth teams of Rangers Professional Soccer Club of Johannesburg from 1970-76.
In the summer of 1978 Esterhuizen enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and had a tremendous collegiate soccer career for the Pioneers from 1978-83. He tallied 53 goals and registered 35 assists over his career and still holds the single-season record for assists at UW-P (17). He also stands in third for career goals scored (53), third in career assists (35) and second in career points (141). He was a first-team all-conference selection all four seasons, was voted team MVP in 1979 and 1983, and was an All-Wisconsin pick in 1982 and 1983.
A National Soccer Coaches Association of America Northeast All-America selection in 1983, he was inducted into the Platteville Soccer Wall of Fame in 2000.
After graduating from Wisconsin-Platteville in 1984 with a degree in computer science and an emphasis in business, he worked in California and then took a job with Boeing Computer Services in Richland, Washington, where he began his high school coaching career in 1993.
Esterhuizen was the boy's head soccer coach at Pasco High School (Pasco, Wash.) for 10 seasons (1993-2002), leading his teams to an overall record of 150-23 (.867), winning the state championship in 1999. He also captured one regional title, seven district crowns, and five league titles and was twice ranked as a Top-20 program nationally in 1996 and 1999. He was named the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) Coach of the Year in 1999 and was selected Conference or Area Coach of the Year nine times.
Esterhuizen also coached the girls' soccer team at Hanford High School in Richland, Wash. for five seasons (2001-05) and the Hanford boy's teams for four seasons (2002-2005). The girl's teams were 84-19 (.816) and were in the state semifinals, twice in the quarterfinals, and won one regional, two district and two league titles. The boys teams were 55-18 (.753), and had one state quarterfinal appearance while winning two district and three league crowns.
Overall, Esterhuizen has coached 22 seasons of high school soccer and has posted a record of 326-81 (.801).
Release courtesy of the Pfeiffer sports information department.