Drew Lenhardt enters his second season as head coach of the BenU Springfield men’s soccer program. Coach Lenhardt took over the men's program in the spring of 2013 and became the first full-time head coach in the Bulldog Athletics Department. Lenhardt is also the head women's soccer coach at BenU Springfield.
Under Coach Lenhardt's lead, the Bulldogs finished 3-10-3 (2-7-1 in AMC) last season. Lenhardt landed two Bulldog seniors on the Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete Team (Travis Hamlin and Peter Steenhuis) as well as four Academic All-AMC performers. Steven Njuba became a two-time AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention selection under Coach Lenhardt. The Bulldogs made some notable performances, including a 1-0 stunning win over, at the time, 21st ranked Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Lenhardt comes from an extensive history of club soccer coaching experience, mainly in the greater Chicagoland area. Lenhardt has had stints with Alliance FC (now Chicago Magic North), Sports Camps of America, Fichte Rams Men, MVP United, and most recently, SSA Energie, where he is currently the Director of Coaching.
A NJCAA All-American in 2002 at McHenry County College and an All-American at NAIA men’s soccer powerhouse St. Xavier University, Lenhardt earned a degree in secondary education/history. After college, Lenhardt pursued his club career with German club SC Freiburg.
A Cary Grove High School graduate, Lenhardt was a member of Illinois ODP and Chicago Wind Soccer Club. Lenhardt now resides in Springfield, Ill.