LINDSBORG — Bethany College men’s soccer coach Shane Taylor has a new right-hand man.
Aristides Sandoval was introduced this week as Taylor’s new lead assistant coach.
"I'm very blessed and excited for this opportunity," Sandoval said in a press release. "I look forward to working with coach Taylor and the guys this season."
Sandoval is a recent graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where he obtained a degree in biology with a minor in psychology. He was a student assistant coach for the 2015-16 season at MacMurray. He led team workouts and assisted with players doing community service.
He was a team captain at MacMurray during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He received the Highlander Award and the Mac Award for the 2014 season. The Highlander Award goes to the student-athlete who impacted the team the most off the field as a citizen, in the classroom and as a teammate. The Mac Award is present to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the core values of the Highlander soccer program.
"I am very excited Ari is joining our program as first assistant coach," Taylor said in a press release. "First and foremost, Ari is a tremendous person and a natural leader. As a college athlete he was a skillful attacker who changed the game. Along with his college player experience he brings a strong knowledge of the game to the coaching staff. Ari has a positive influence and empowers players around him. As a coach, his willingness to work with and teach the game on all levels to our players will make our program stronger."