Lady Toppers announce new staff members for 2019 season

WKU’s Isidora Pekez (6) wins a head-ball over Rice’s Erin Van Dolder October 14 in Bowling Green. 

Sophie Austin

WKU head soccer coach Jason Neidell has announced coaching staff additions for next season.

Katie Nimitz, Roman DuChateau and Zach Salchli will all be coming to the Hill this fall.

Nimitz served two seasons as an assistant coach at Quincy University, has been head coach of Florida Sol FC and has worked as the camp director of Beast Mode Soccer. She will be taking the role of assistant coach for the team, where her primary responsibility will be to train and develop goalkeepers.

Nimitz primarily worked with goalkeepers at Quincy, where they recorded 22 shutouts in 40 matches. The team also finished the 2017 season ranked 11th in the nation after making it to the Division II Sweet 16.

“I would like to thank Coach Neidell and the WKU Athletic Department for this wonderful and humbling opportunity,” Nimitz said in a press release. “I am honored and grateful to have the ability to work with a staff and program of this caliber.”

DuChateau comes to the Hill after serving as head coach for Lassen Community College, Antelope Valley and Ottawa University. He is a two-time conference Coach of the Year selection for the years of 2015 and 2016.

DuChateau will also be taking the role of assistant coach and his primary duties will be recruiting coordinator and training the field players.

“I want to thank Coach Neidell for this incredible opportunity. I also want to thank the WKU and Bowling Green community for the warm welcome,” DuChateau said in the release. “As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew WKU was a special place and this was a special soccer program that I wanted to be a part of.”

Salchli is joining the staff as the director of Student-Athlete Development, where his role will be to focus on leadership training, team-building and community service efforts. Salchli served as the Greenwood High School girls soccer coach for the last four years, where he accumulated an overall record of 64-19-9 and reached the Region 4 championship match in each of his four years.

“It’s an absolute honor to join Coach Neidell’s staff and work with the Lady Topper program,” Salchli said in the release. “It has long been a goal of mine to have an opportunity at the Division I level, and I am very grateful for the chance to work with such a successful group.”

Nimitz, DuChateau and Salchli join a program that finished 5-8-4 in the 2018 season.

“Katie, Roman, and Zach all bring a wealth of talent and energy to our program, as well as a unique background that makes each puzzle piece fit together as a staff,” Neidell said in the release. “Most importantly, they are all winners and know how and what it take to compete to win.  As an entire program, we could not be more eager to get back out on the field this fall.”

Nimitz, DuChateau and Salchli will be joining the staff this coming fall season, which will be the Lady Toppers’ 19th season.

Reporter Sophie Austin can be reached at 270-745-2653 and [email protected].