Vladimir Simic - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Vladimir Simic is in his thirteenth season as head men’s soccer coach at Missouri Valley College.
Coach Simic came to MVC from Mount Senario College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. While at Mount Senario, he also played four years for the nationally ranked soccer team that won back-to-back NAIA Region Championships. The program made two NAIA National Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. During his extensive playing career both in Europe and the United States, Simic has received many awards and recognitions for his accomplishments and team contributions.
Simic has had an opportunity to polish his coaching skills at various youth level programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana, and holds a USSF National Coaching License.
In 2009, Coach Simic led the Missouri Valley Vikings to a second place finish in the Heart of America Athletic Conference missing the National Tournament by just one game, which ended in PK’s. In 2011 Coach Simic led Missouri Valley to the Heart of America Athletic Conference championship, and a berth into the NAIA postseason tournament. Coach Simic won his 100th game as Viking head coach on 11/3/12 in a win over Graceland University in the Opening Round of teh HAAC Tournament. Simic won his second regular season conference championship in 2014, along with his second conference Coach of the Year, and first Regional Coach of the Year award of his career. He guided the team to its fifth straight National tournament appearance and second-straight second round appearance following the 2014 season. Simic has coached nine All-Americans all coming since 2011. His career record is 126-80-22. Simic has also earned a UEFA Coaching License and an NSCAA Coaching License.
Coach Simic is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. He completed his master’s in business management at Lindenwood University in 2002. He and his wife, Milena, reside in Marshall with their daughter, Katarina, and son, Aleksandar.
Drew Hawkins -
Assistant Soccer Coach
Drew Hawkins begins his ninth year as a coach with the Missouri Valley College soccer programs. Coach Hawkins is a native of Independence, Mo. He played four years under Coach Vladimir Simic at Missouri Valley College where he was team captain his junior and senior years. Coach Hawkins received NAIA all-American scholar athlete honors and Region V scholar athlete honors during his playing career at Missouri Valley.
Coach Hawkins graduated from Missouri Valley College in May 2006, with a bachelor's degree in English and criminal justice. After graduation, Coach Hawkins became the assistant men’s soccer coach for two seasons. Coach Hawkins assisted with the varsity program and was in charge of the junior varsity program that saw back-to-back winning seasons.
He assisted with the development of junior varsity players that are currently contributing varsity players. Coach Hawkins graduated in May of 2008 with a master’s degree in educational administration.
Ivan Ninkov-Graduate Assistant Soccer Coach
Coach Ninkov is in his first season as graduate assistant coach in the Missouri Valley College men's soccer program.
Before coming to Missouri Valley, Ninkov was a coach and administrative assisant at the Puma FC Youth Soccer Academy in Overland Park, Kan. There he performed general acounting functions and focused on operations, billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable for one of the top regional youth soccer organizations with over 60 teams and 600 participants.
Prior to working for Puma FC, Ninkov was an assistant coach at soccer clinics hosted by Missouri Valley College. There he helped coach soccer players between the ages of four and 14 years. In his native Serbia, Ninkov was an assistant coach for the FC Dinamo Soccer Club with teams ranging from U12 to U18.
Ninkov spent two years playing soccer for Missouri Valley College where he helped the men's soccer program to two NAIA National Tournament appearances and one regular season conference championship. He was named captain his senior season in 2014 and was named an NAIA All-American, named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NAIA Men's All-Plains Region Team, named to the NSCAA Men's College Division Scholar All-North/Central Region along with all-conference and conference scholar athlete honors.
Ninkov played for FC Dolina in Padina, Serbia from December 2011 through January 2013. He was part of FC Rad in Belgrade, Serbia from August 2009 through December 2011. He also place for FC Dinamo in Pancevo Serbia from August 2006 through August 2009 where he was named team captain. Also, Ninkov played for FC Red Star in Belgrade, Serbia from August 199 through August 2006.
Ninkov graduated from Missouri Valley in December of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in business and mangerial economics. He has a KYSA National "E" Soccer License and The Football Assocation of Serbia "C" Diploma.