Buffalo, NY – D'Youville College announced Tuesday morning that Jim Hesch, current head coach of the D'Youville women's soccer team, has been named Manager of Dobson Field on a full time basis.
In addition to his duties as head women's soccer coach, Hesch will coordinate/schedule and supervise all events at Dobson, hire/train Dobson managers, communicate and respond to all rental inquires, assign and supervise workers and provide an overall presence at the field. His additional duties will be working with coaches within D'Youville College to schedule practice time, as well as working with facilities and scheduling open field time for students.
Dobson Field houses the D'Youville men and women's soccer, softball and women's lacrosse teams. All four teams have their practices there, as well as home games. The field is also rented out to local high schools, colleges and organization for practices and games.
The facility features an all-turf field with lights for morning/night practices and two scoreboards with message boards. An office, locker rooms, bathrooms and storage are adjacent to the field on Fourth Street. Parking and seating sit behind the softball field.
Jim is coming off his first season as head women's soccer coach at D'Youville. He went 6-9-2 with the women, battling injuries throughout the season. Prior to being named the head coach for the women, Jim served as an assistant coach on the D'Youville men's soccer staff.
A length and impressive background in soccer, Hesch was the head coach of the men's soccer program at Canisius College from 2001-2010. Since 2004, Jim has been the Director of Operations for Black Watch New York Soccer West. This title includes overseeing the development of 13 teams and over 200 youth players.
As a player, Jim had a very successful collegiate career. He won a national championship as Southern Connecticut University in 1990 before transferring to SUNY Cortland where he was named a First Team All-American in 1993. After playing at Cortland from 1991-93, Hesch graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education.
Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Hesch played professionally in the Major Indoor Soccer League/United Soccer League in 1995 and won a MISL Championship in 2001-02. He then won his second championship in 2002 as a member of the Philadelphia Kixx. He was named a named a NPSL All-Star in the 1997-98 season by recording 119 throughout the season.