William Penn University Athletics Director Greg Hafner has announced the hiring of Jaymee Highcock as the school’s new Head Men’s Soccer Coach.
Highcock comes to William Penn from Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. where he served as assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs in 2013 and 2014. He helped the Heart of America Athletic Conference men’s team to its most wins in 20 years in 2014 and helped two Avila players to all-conference recognition. Highcock also assisted the program to the 2013 HAAC Tournament–its first trip to the postseason ever.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Highcock to our staff as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach,” Hafner said. “He played and coached in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and has recruited extensively in the Midwest. We feel our soccer program will continue to improve under his guidance.”
Highcock also brings experience from the club level, coaching the Kansas City Legends U-11 and U-13 girls’ teams and U-14 boys’ team from 2012-2014. He also headed the Puma FC U-10 boys and U-12 and U-15 girls in 2012 as well as the Futura FC U-12 and U-17 boys and U-14 girls from 2009-2012.
Highcock has gained knowledge from numerous summer camps around the country and has a plethora of coaching qualifications from English FA, USSF, and NSCAA. He has also played and shadow-coached several professional organizations in the United States and Europe.
Highcock graduated from Benedictine with a degree in Physical Education. He also earned his Master’s of Organizational Management from Avila in 2015. An accomplished player at Benedictine, he was a team captain and helped his team to a 42-12-2 record in his tenure. Highcock was a part of the 2009 HAAC championship team that reached the NAIA National Tournament.
Following his time at Benedictine, Highcock played two years for the Kansas City Brass of the PDL/USL.
“I am honored to accept the position as head coach at William Penn,” Highcock said. “I am looking forward to working with the staff and the current squad I am inheriting. Listening to the opinions from everyone, the school is heading in the right direction and I am thrilled to be a part of it all. I have big ambitions and so does the school and together I know we can achieve big things and history here at William Penn.”