Indiana University Northwest has hired Jereme Rainwater as the new head coach of the RedHawk Men's Varsity Soccer Program.
"We are excited to welcome Coach Rainwater to IU Northwest," said IU Northwest Director of Athletics Ryan Shelton. "His success with boys soccer at Lake Central High School over the past 22 years is unparalleled in this region. We feel strongly that his commitment to the success of his students, both in competition and the classroom, as well as their personal development as young men, aligns perfectly with the immediate direction and potential of our program."
Rainwater takes the place of Jordan Lewis, who was the coach in IUN's inaugural season in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC).
"I look forward to taking the team in a new direction," said Rainwater. "I am ready to establish a style of play, compete, and be successful."
Under Rainwater's leadership, the Lake Central Indians enjoyed 15 straight sectional championships, five state final appearances, with the most recent in 2019, and a state championship victory in 2010.
"Coach Rainwater's track record of success, along with his recruiting connections and proven ability to establish and sustain a winning culture, makes him the ideal person to lead our program into the next phase of if its development," said Shelton.
"I am excited to build a strong team. I look forward to the recruiting, making the phone calls, and building relationships with players I know can help take this team to the next level," said Rainwater.
Rainwater knows that the conference is tough and there is competition week in and week out.
"The change of pace and style of play for soccer is challenging. It will definitely be different and I know we can accomplish a lot," said Rainwater.
About Indiana University Northwest
One of eight campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and 1,500 dual-credit students. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. IU Northwest emphasizes high-quality teaching, faculty and student research and engagement on campus and in the community. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity and engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.