The 2012 season marks Rick Isaacson’s second as the head men’s soccer coach at Simpson.
In his first year on the sidelines, Isaacson resurrected a struggling program. Simpson achieved its best record since 2006, going 8-10-1 as Isaacson guided the Storm to a third-place finish in the Iowa Conference with a 5-3 mark.
Along the way, Isaacson orchestrated wins over traditional conference powers Central and Dubuque, the first time a Simpson team has beaten both in the same season.
Isaacson came to Simpson from Ankeny High School, where he served as head boys soccer coach for six years. He led the Hawks to a 110-25 record during his tenure, winning the Iowa High School Class 2A State Championship in 2007 and finishing the season with a No. 7 national ranking by the NSCAA.
During Isaacson's tenure, he earned CIML Central Conference Coach of the Year honors three times while guiding Ankeny to the state tournament on four occasions. He also earned the State of Iowa Coach's Achievement Award in 2007.
Isaacson began his career as an assistant girls coach at Urbandale before taking over as the head boys coach at Decorah in 2004. Since 2003, he has also served as a coach and director of goalkeeping for the Ankeny and Iowa Rush soccer clubs.
He played collegiately at Luther College and was a four-year starter at goalkeeper for the Norse. During his career, Isaacson led Luther to three Iowa Conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances (1999, 2001, 2002). He was a two-time NSCAA Second Team All-West Region selection, a three-time all-conference performer and earned Iowa Conference MVP honors in 2002. He is Luther's career-leader with 40 shutouts and in 2001, Isaacson helped the Norse to an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight.
Isaacson is the third coach in program history.