"I am delighted to add Andrea to our coaching staff," said Stan. "She brings a high level of coaching expertise, playing experience and enthusiasm to the program. She was a NCAA Division I Tournament qualifier as a player, has already served as a head coach for club teams, and was a two-time coach of the year for her high school conference. She will have a lot to add to Taylor Women's Soccer and will undoubtedly make our current team better.
Before joining Taylor's staff, Bigler graduated from the University of Toledo in 2010 with a degree in exercise science and a concentration in kinesiotherapy. Following her undergrad work, Bigler earned a master's degree in biomedical science human donation science from the University of Toledo's Medical Center in 2012. While at Toledo, Bigler was a two-year member of the varsity women's soccer team and was part of the 2006 team that finished as Mid-American Conference Champions.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of Coach Stan's staff and the women's soccer program at Taylor," stated Bigler. "Coach Stan has built an outstanding program and I am excited to be a positive force within it. The atmosphere on campus is electrifying and I am so blessed to be a part of the Taylor University tradition."
Bigler joins the women's program having already gained much success as a soccer coach. During her time as the head coach for the Ottawa Hills High School girl's varsity soccer team, Bigler led the team to consecutive Northwest Ohio High School Soccer League Championships in 2012 and 2013, and was named the league's Girls Varsity Coach of the Year in both of those seasons. Bigler is certified as a U.S. Soccer D Licensed Coach, holds an NSCAA Goalkeeper Level 1 diploma, and is currently participating in True North Sports' Assistant Coach Immersion Program.
Bigler resides in Muncie, Indiana and will also serve as head coach for the Indiana Fire Junior U16G White team in Westfield, Indiana this season.