Kyle Venter hired to take over defensive and goalkeeping duties

Kyle Venter was added to Cincinnati’s women’s soccer coaching staff a week ago and will oversee goaltenders going forward. After spending last season split between Florida and Arizona, Venter accepted an assistant coaching position with the Bearcats alongside head coach Neil Stafford and associate head coach Tom Anagnost.

Cincinnati Soccer: Kyle Venter hired to take over defensive and goalie duties

During his playing career in New Mexico, he earned American Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2013. Venter was later drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 MLS Draft. He also played for several other professional clubs before moving on to the sidelines.

“Adding someone of Kyle’s pedigree to our program as we navigate our transition to the Big 12 is a no-brainer,” Stafford said in a press release by Cincinnati Athletics. “His work-rate, scouting prowess, understanding of the game, and ability to foster healthy relationships with our student-athletes make him an exceptional addition.”

Venter helped Arizona reach the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament with 10 shutouts before being signed by Florida in 2021. The Colorado native only worked at Gainesville for one season but had a major impact then that Alexa Goldberg led the SEC with 4.8 saves per game. Anna Rexford is expected to start as the Bearcats goaltender.

“I want to thank Neil Stafford for this opportunity and I’m thrilled to join the women’s soccer program here at UC,” Venter explained via Cincinnati Athletics. “I believe in the people and the support here. I look forward to doing what I can to help these student-athletes succeed. I can’t wait to get to work.

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