The Howard Payne University athletic department announced Wednesday the hiring of 2009 HPU graduate Brandon Badgeley as the Lady Jackets new women’s soccer head coach.

Badgeley has built two high school programs and helped establish the women’s and men’s programs at Howard Payne in 2005.

“Brandon and his wife (Lindsay) both have a great love for Howard Payne and I know he is a great fit for the university,” said John Nickols, interim HPU athletic director. “He has built two 6A high school programs and has numerous recruiting contacts that will be a benefit to the women’s program at HPU.”

Badgeley spent the past two seasons as the head girls coach at Cedar Hill High School. There he increased the team’s win total by seven games and achieved first double digit win season for Cedar Hill in four years.

“I feel extremely grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to come to Howard Payne and lead the women’s soccer team,” Badgeley said. “This program is very special to me and I look forward to seeing it grow. There is an undeniable desire to be great within this returning group. I can’t wait to see where that takes us”

Before Cedar Hill, Badgeley spent two seasons at Haltom High School in Haltom City where he led the program to its first double digit win season in 17 years, only the second in the program’s 25-year history. He also grew program from 40 student-athletes to nearly 70 in two years.

As a student at Howard Payne, Badgeley was an initiator assisting the administration in the creation of the first intercollegiate soccer programs at HPU. He was assigned the task of developing a business plan that was presented to the HPU Board of Trustees that initiated HPU’s first Division III intercollegiate men’s and women’s soccer programs.

He served as a student assistant coach at Howard Payne for both the men’s and women’s teams under Sam McCutcheon and Kevin Wright in the program’s first three seasons.

After graduating from HPU in May of 2009 with a Bachelors of Business Administration, he worked one year as a teacher in Midlothian ISD and as a volunteer coach with the Midlothian soccer program. He then spent two years working for the Hurst Euless Bedford ISD as a teacher before taking the head soccer position at Haltom High School.

Badgeley holds a NSCAA National Level 2 Goalkeeping Certificate. He is married to Lindsay and they have three children Ainsley, Beckham and Coleton.