Tech soccer announces assistant coach

 Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Louisiana Tech head soccer coach Steve Voltz announced Tuesday the hiring of Sydney Drinkwater as an assistant coach.

Drinkwater, a former standout goalkeeper at Florida Atlantic, comes to Ruston with coaching experience at the collegiate and club level.  Most recently, she spent the 2021-22 season as an assistant coach at Eastern Florida State who went on to claim the program’s first ever NJCAA Division I national championship.

“We are absolutely thrilled to add a coach of Sydney’s caliber to our staff,” said Voltz.  “Our players, especially our goalkeepers, will benefit greatly from this addition.  Her experience as a player and coach will elevate our program as a whole.  We are excited to welcome Sydney to our family.”

Drinkwater was part of the 2021 Junior College National Staff and Coach of the Year at Eastern Florida State.  With the Titans, she was responsible for all goalkeeper sessions as well as other player and planning sessions.

EFSC finished the year with a 10-2-3 overall record, defeating Tyler Junior College by a final score of 1-0 to win the national title.

“I am excited to continue my coaching career at Louisiana Tech,” said Drinkwater.  “I wanted to thank coach Voltz for the opportunity and am looking forward to getting to work and getting to know the rest of the coaching staff and players.”

Prior to joining the EFSC staff, Drinkwater spent over three years playing professionally overseas in Israel and France. 

Before returning to the pitch, she spent the 2017 calendar year as a goalkeeper instructor for the Team Boca Soccer Club and was part of the Little Rock soccer program where she was the goalkeeper coach as well as the director of operations.   

After spending her freshman year at South Florida, Drinkwater transferred to FAU where she racked up numerous honors and program records in three years (2014-16) with the Owls. 

She played in 61 career games, amassing 277 career saves while setting program records for save percentage (.829) and shutouts (28).  She finished her career with a 0.89 goals against average, which ranks second in school history.

After earning Third Team All-Conference USA honors as a junior, she ended her unprecedented three-year run by being named NSCAA All-Central Region first Team, C-USA Goalkeeper of the Year and First Team All-Conference USA.  She also earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Second Team.


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