Ken Veilands in his Darton soccer office (Source: WALB)
The Lady Cavs will have one last season to make a run for a national championship (Source: WALB)
Veilands is optimistic about his future with ASU, but focused on Darton soccer for now (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The head coaching announcement for the new Albany State made Ken Veilands the leader of what will be a new soccer program at ASU.
He's optimistic about the move.
"The hardest part might be that I'm not wearing red anymore, I don't know," he said.
Veilands joked about the color swap, but it's so true. This Fall will be his 17th and final season leading the red and white.
With ASU and Darton State merging in the Spring of 2017, Veilands is the only coach who still has a season left with the Cavaliers.
He's also the only one who will start from scratch.
"I've had time to digest it, and when I look back to when I started at Darton it was a new program," said Veilands. "At Albany State it's a new program. It's just a coach who is going over there and I'm going to build a program."
He started the Lady Cavs program in 2000, and has since been nothing short of dominant.
Veilands has won over 85 percent of his games and eight region championships.
He has a plan to translate the NJCAA success to his pending Division II program.
"I know junior colleges well, and I know coaches. So as soon as the season is over I'm going to be talking to coaches and I'm going to be looking at kids. And identifying that maybe we can bring in some juniors and seniors to mix in with some younger kids so we don't have to be completely new."
Veilands pulled that method from former Kennesaw State coach Rob King.
"He went out and got half his class were junior college transfers and half his class were freshmen and by their second year he won the national championship with that. So that's a pretty good recipe to win a championship with.," said Veilands.
Veilands had quick success with the Lady Cavs as well. in his 5th season they set a national record for wins in a season with 25.