Head coach Bryan Kuderman led Biola's soccer team to victory against Concordia University on Nov. 12, earning Biola the GSAC tournament championship title. Kuderman succeeded despite the fact that five of his players suffered injuries and were off the field for most of the season.
Kuderman has been coaching soccer for 23 years making the game a constant in his life.
“I have never been disconnected [from soccer],” he said. “It’s a part of my
The coach celebrated his 100th win during the 2011 season. He is thrilled to have achieved this accomplishment, a goal he worked towards for over two years. He views the title as more of a testament to his longevity as Biola's coach.
“If I’d made winning games my top priority I could have reached this goal
sooner,” he said. “But that’s not what a team is about.”
Kuderman puts emphasis on team building and character, not just skill and doesn't base a successful season off of wins alone. The positive relationships between the players, he said, is genuine.
Kuderman previously worked at California Baptist University and California State University, San Bernardino.
“The Christian element of [Biola] is extreme,” Kuderman said. “It’s different than at other schools. There is a common faith here that we always have to bring us together.”
Kuderman has a wife and three daughters and also works as a physical education teacher at a middle school in Corona. Coaching at Biola, however, is his main focus.
When asked what he loved most about his job, his immediate response was “hanging with the guys and being their mentor.”
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