Academy Staff

Ken Hassler

Title: Academy Director

Phone: (205) 593-3626

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Ken Hassler comes to Catawba from the University of Montevallo (Ala.), where his teams compiled a 43-12-8 record and two Peach Belt Conference championships during the last three seasons.  The Falcons also earned three straight NCAA tournament bids, and were ranked No. 2 in the nation at one point.

 In addition to winning games at Montevallo, Hassler’s 2011 and 2012 teams also earned NSCAA team academic awards. 

Prior to Montevallo, Hassler was head coach at Pfeiffer (2004-10) and turned that Falcons squad into yearly NCAA Division II contender.  Prior to Hassler’s  arrival , Pfeiffer had won just 11 games in the previous two seasons combined.  Under Hassler, Pfeiffer had top ten regional rankings in 2005-09.  The 2009 Pfeiffer team tied the school record for wins (13) and defeated then No. 1-ranked Lees-McRae.

Hassler began his career as head coach of New England College in New Hampshire, in 1987.  After stops as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh State (1989) and Ithaca (1990), Hassler took over as head coach at Alfred University (N.Y.) in 1991.  Hassler enjoyed a 12-year stay at Alfred, where his teams were consistently ranked in the region.

 Impressively, Hassler’s last 10 teams (Pfeiffer and Montevallo combined) have reached post season play.  During the past four years, Hassler-coached teams are 56-17-8.

 Hassler graduated cum laude from Plymouth State College (N.H.) in 1985, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  He earned his master’s degree in physical education (sport psychology concentration) at Ithaca College in 1991.

 Hassler and his wife, Luisa, plan to relocate to the area in the near future.  They have two children, Ken and Melanie.

Philipp Hollenhorst

Philipp Hollenhorst

Title: Academy U9 Boys Coach

Philipp Hollenhorst joins Catawba Youth Soccer Academy for the 2015-16 season.  Hollenhorst, from Muenster, Germany, currently plays for and is Captain of the Catawba College Men’s Soccer program.  Prior to joining Catawba College, he played for SC Westfalia Kinderhaus on both their men’s team and for all youth teams.   In addition, he coached three years at the club (2012 through 2013 at the U13 level, and 2014 a U15 team) and coached kids at summer camps.

In 2012, Hollenhorst acquired the UEFA B coaching license.

Bobby Cardelle

Bobby Cardelle

Title: Academy U9 Boys Coach

Bio coming soon

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Title: Summer Camp Director

Phone: (704) 798-9159

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Nick Brown will be entering his 1st year as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Catawba College. Prior to joining the women's program Nick was an assistant coach with the men's program for two years. Nick played at Catawba College from 2001 - 2004 where he was a 2 year captain and played for two championship teams. Nick is a staff coach for Lake Norman Soccer Club where he will be coaching the '99 Girls Eclipse United and the '00 Girls Eclipse United. Nick is the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Lake Norman High School. Nick works various Division I and Division II camps over the summer. 

Coaching Honors and Achievements:

High School Head Coaching Record of 110 - 35 - 4

North Piedmont Conference Champions (West Rowan) - 2011, 2012, 2013

North Piedmont Conference Champions (Lake Norman) - 2014

North Piedmont Conference Coach of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2013

Regional Coach of the Year 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

North Carolina 3A Coach of the Year: 2013


Nick and his Fiancee Julia Drake will get married this summer.