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Bill Bahr
Bill Bahr

Bill Bahr - headshot coaching
Title:Head Coach, Women's Soccer
Hometown: Bourbonnais, Ill.
High School:Lakenheath High School (England)
College:Olivet Nazarene University, B.A. and M.A.
Family:Wife, Kirstyn; Children: Alaina and Ethan

Bill Bahr has turned the Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer program into one of the top NAIA programs in the country.

In 2012 was a year Bill Bahr will likely never forget. Not only did Bahr lead the Tigers to the brink of winning it all, but he also received numerous personal awards as well.

Bahr and the Tigers surprised many at their third straight NAIA National Championship Tournament by upsetting four-time defending national champion Lee University (Tenn.) in the semifinals before falling 2-1 to Lindsey Wilson University (Ky.) in the national championship game.

The history making trip to the NAIA National Championships was sandwiched between two prestigious, individual awards. The fall of 2012 started with Bahr being named the University’s Faculty Member of the Year by Olivet’s president, Dr. John Bowling, at the annual president’s dinner. The year closed with Bahr being named the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of American (NSCCA)-NAIA Women's Soccer National Coach of the Year, voted on by his peers.

Bahr’s 187 career wins places him 11th among active NAIA coaches. He’s a three-time winner of the CCAC Coach of the Year award, and he was named the NCCAA North Central Region Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In all, he’s led the Tigers to nine NAIA and NCCAA national tournament appearances, including the NCCAA national championship in 2008 and the 2012 NAIA National Runner-Up finish.

A member of the NSCAA, Bahr has earned his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma completed the NSCAA Goalkeeping Institute.

Bahr has played the game of soccer nearly all of his life. Born in Honduras and having graduated from high school in England, he’s had the opportunity to learn many styles of the game. He played for Olivet from 1992-1996 and earned the school’s Ambassador Award, the highest honor any athlete at Olivet can attain.

Bahr believes faith can and should be integrated into all aspects of life. Athletics is more than just a competition; sports become the playing field on which life's lessons are taught and learned. It's the opportunity for each athlete to experience deep truths and values. Bahr also serves as a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science.

Bahr holds two degrees from Olivet — a B.A. in public policy and his MBA — and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in religion. He and his wife, Kirstyn, reside in Bourbonnais, Ill., with their two children, Alaina and Grant.


Bill Bahr
Experience: 15th season
Career record: 187-106-23

1999-00 4-14-0 12 56 -44
2000-01 6-11-1 20 41 -21
2001-02 18-6-1 85 31 +54
2002-03 16-9-0 71 38 +33
2003-04 15-8-3 83 43 +40
2004-05 15-7-3 67 32 +35
2005-06 4-14-1 27 40 -13
2006-07 10-7-2 32 27 +5
2007-08 14-9-2 50 31 +19
2008-09 15-7-1 66 32 +34
2009-10 18-3-3 63 16 +47
2010-11 16-4-2 46 15 +31
2011-12 17-3-2 51 16 +35
2012-13 19-4-1 68 12 +56

TOTAL 187-106-23 741 430 +311