In her first season at Florida State, Lydia Vandenbergh joins the Seminole soccer program as a volunteer assistant coach after spending time as both a player and a coach. Vandenbergh brings valuable experience to Tallahassee spending four years as a student-athlete at Clemson University and nine years of playing experience in the W-League with the Asheville Splash (2000-04) and the Charlotte Eagles (2005-08).
Vandenbergh served two years (2006-07) as a coach for Matthews Soccer Club in Charlotte, N.C. She acted as co-director of Revelations Soccer in 2007, while working as an assistant coach at Charlotte Christian High School in 2008. From 2005 to 2008, Vandenbergh coached several camps and clinics affiliated with the Charlotte Eagles both here in the United States and oversees in Singapore, Thailand and Brazil.
In W-League action, Vandenbergh was a member of the 2006 Charlotte Eagles' squad that advanced to the league semifinals. Playing with the Eagles, Vandenbergh was named to the W-League Team of the Week during the tenth week of the season this past year.
She also spent two years in Brazil playing on the professional circuit. In 2006, Vandenbergh was a member of Santos Futebol Clube in Santos, Sao Paulo, while playing a year for Cotia Futsal Clube in Cotia, Sao Paulo in 2007.
At Clemson, Vandenbergh was a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She participated in the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons while leading the Tigers to three straight years of finishing the season ranked in the top 25 including a high of 14th in 2002. Vandenbergh appeared in 80 games over her career making 65 starts. She ended her college career starting 60 consecutive matches for the Tigers, a streak dating back to the beginning of her sophomore campaign in 2003.
Vandenbergh tallied 24 points on five goals and 14 assists over her four-year college career. Thirty-three percent of her career points resulted in game-winners for the Tigers as she posted one game-winning goal and six game-winning assists. As a freshman, Vandenbergh guided Clemson to the 2002 ACC Championship game notching the game-winning assist in a 2-0 semifinal victory over Duke. Her first career point came at home against North Carolina assisting on a first half goal by Deliah Arrington.
In 2004, Vandenbergh had her most productive offensive season posting career-highs in points (9), goals (2) and assists (5). A year later she would match her season-high in goals after just one game. Vandenbergh had a hand in three of the four goals scored against Kennesaw State as the Pisgah Forest, N.C., native tallied a career-high five points on two goals and an assist in a 4-0 victory over the Owls. She closed out her senior season with two more assists for seven points en route to being named team Most Valuable Player. She graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.