Maxwell resigns as Bethel women's soccer coach

Maxwell was selected MIAC Coach of the Year in 2016. (Photo: Dave Blanchard)
Maxwell was selected MIAC Coach of the Year in 2016. (Photo: Dave Blanchard)

Bethel Sports Information Department

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel University head women's soccer coach Amanda Maxwell announced that she is resigning her post after seven seasons with the Royals to accept a teaching position in Ecuador. Maxwell, the 2016 MIAC Coach of the Year, has led the Royals to 13 wins and second place MIAC finishes in two of the past three seasons. She will stay on at Bethel through the spring semester and continue her teaching duties before moving to Ecuador with her family in the fall. Amanda's husband Brandon also accepted a teaching position with the same school, InterAmerican Academy in Guayaquil, Ecuador and children Owen (8) and Amani (5) will attend the school as well.

Maxwell became the first full-time head coach at Bethel devoted to women's soccer in March of 2012. The position had previously been joined with the men's team or was part-time. Maxwell led the program to new heights, earning the first-ever MIAC playoff berth in 2014 and a pair of regular season second-place finishes in 2016 and 2018. The Bethel women's soccer record book was rewritten multiple times during Maxwell's tenure, most recently this past season when Bethel put together the best winning percentage in program history with a 13-4-1 record. The Royals finished second in the MIAC and hosted their second MIAC playoff game, the first coming in 2016. Senior transfer Britney Monteon became the first All-American in Bethel women's soccer history, earning Second Team honors while breaking multiple single-season scoring records. Forward Maggie Sipe earned All-Region honors as well and was a three-time MIAC All-Conference pick. Sipe tied the Royals all-time scoring record in just three seasons in a Bethel uniform after transferring from UW-Eau Claire after her freshman season. Freshman Rachel Waterman was another All-Region selection in 2018 and was Bethel's first MIAC Rookie of the Year recipient. In all, six players combined for nine MIAC All-Conference Team selections and 12 Honorable Mention All-Conference selections under Maxwell.

Off the field, Maxwell was noted for her team building activities which were highlighted by a pair of team trips in 2013 and 2018. Maxwell brought 20 Bethel women's soccer players to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a ten-day soccer ministry with Team Chicago Brazil in the summer of 2013. In 2018 she led the Royals on a spring break trip to Peru. Prior to coming to Bethel, Maxwell spent three years at the Haven of Peace Academy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with Africa Inland Mission International –a place where six Bethel women's soccer players traveled to during her time at Bethel.

"The culture of Bethel Athletics has been enriched by Amanda's presence over these last seven years," said Bethel director of athletics, Bob Bjorklund. "She has given abundantly of her gifts to the women's soccer team and to the Athletic Department as a whole.  Our soccer players benefited greatly from her coaching expertise and the investment she made in the lives of young women.  Amanda has been very intentional and effective at "building a culture that wins" both on and off the field.  She was a master at creating special memories for the players to look back on long after they have graduated from Bethel.  I am sad to see her go but celebrate with her on an exciting next chapter in the journey for the Maxwell family.  She will continue to be used mightily by God for Kingdom work."

"I am very thankful for Bob Bjorklund and the administration who took a risk on me with no college head coaching experience and gave me the encouragement and freedom to lead with confidence, passion, and lots of ideas," commented Maxwell. "It has been a great honor to lead some of the most amazing young women I know.  The growth of the program, connections with colleagues, players, families, and alumni, and off the field memories we made will stay with me forever. This place has changed my life and I couldn't have asked for a better place to spend the last 7 years. Bethel women's soccer will always hold a place in my heart." 

Maxwell will continue her teaching duties through the spring and help the program during the transition to a new head coach as the national search for a replacement is underway. The job posting can be found here.

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