SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer
|SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer|
|University||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Head Coach||Kevin Kalish (6th year)|
|Stadium||Ralph Korte Stadium
|Colors||Red and White
|NCAA Tournament Champions|
|D I: 1979
D II: 1972
|NCAA Tournament Runner Up|
|D I: 1975
D II: 2004
|NCAA College Cup Appearances|
|D I: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982
D II: 1972, 2001, 2004, 2005
|NCAA Quarterfinal Appearances|
|D I: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982
D II: 1972, 2001, 2004, 2005
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|D I: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
D II: 1972, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|GLVC: 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|Big Central: 1987 (tie)
GLVC: 1997, 2001 (tie), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer team represent Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in the Missouri Valley Conference of NCAA Division I soccer. The Cougars play their home matches on Bob Guelker Field at Ralph Korte Stadium located in the southwest corner of the SIUE campus in Edwardsville, Illinois. The team is currently coached by Kevin Kalish.
The Bob Guelker era
The SIUE soccer program first entered competition in 1967 under the leadership of National Soccer Hall of Fame coach Bob Guelker. Guelker had been hired away from St. Louis University, where he had also started the program, winning five NCAA championships in eight seasons, including the first NCAA soccer title in 1959. The Cougars were invited to the NCAA tournament in Guelker's third year at the helm and reached the Elite 8 the next two seasons.
When the NCAA started a second division for soccer in 1972, SIUE moved into the new division, since its other athletic programs were also in Division II, and a number of other college soccer powers also made the move. That team went 11-0-3 for the season, winning the first Division II championship. (Of the 24 schools in that inaugural Division II tournament, SIUE and 7 others currently play in Division I, 5 others would later win Division II championships, and SIUE & Akron would later win Division I crowns.)
After winning the Division II title, SIUE took advantage of the NCAA rule then in effect that allowed Division II schools to play one sport in Division I and one sport in Division III, and moved to Division I. In the next ten seasons, Guelker's Cougars were invited to the Division I tournament every year, advancing to four College Cup semifinals appearances and winning the Division I title in 1979.
Toward the end of Guelker's tenure, scandal in some of the university's other sports programs brought about a major reduction of funding for all sports, and the program went into a period of decline.
Guelker headed the program until his death in February, 1986. In his nineteen seasons, only the first (3-3-0) was a non-winning one, and he compliled a record of 216-67-21, with fourteen appearances in the NCAA tournament (thirteen in Division I).
The Ed Huneke era
Coach Guelker was succeeded by former Cougar player Ed Huneke. During Huneke's years, the program moved from a Division I independent to membership in the short-lived Big Central Soccer Conference, back to being an independent, a short associate membership in the Mid-Continent Conference, and then reluctantly stepped down to join the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in 1996.
During the university's twelve years in the GLVC, Huneke's Cougars won six regular season titles, four conference tournaments, and received seven invitations to the NCAA Division II tournament, where they reached the Division II College Cup semifinals three times and were national runner-up in 2004.
Huneke coached the Cougars for twenty-two seasons, building a record of 251–155–34.
The Kevin Kalish era
Since Huneke's retirement in 2006, the program has been led by Kevin Kalish, who has taken it both back into Division I and into competition in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). During the Cougars' first season (2010) in the MVC, they finished second in both the conference regular season (to Creighton) and the conference tournament (to Bradley).
In 2012, the Cougars were ranked during the season for the first time since the 1980s, finished second in the MVC in both the regular season and the conference tournament (both to NCAA semifinalist Creighton), and narrowly missed returning to the Division I tournament for the first time since 1982.
Kalish has compiled a 49-46-14 record in his first six seasons.
Through the years, many Cougars have gone on to play professionally, and twenty-nine have been named All-Americans for their play at SIUE.
Record By Year
|SIU Edwardsville (Single Division Independent) (1967–1971)|
|1969||Bob Guelker||10-1-1||Lost 2nd round|
|1970||Bob Guelker||9-3-0||Lost Elite 8|
|1971||Bob Guelker||10-2-1||Lost Elite 8|
|SIU Edwardsville (Division II Independent) (1972–Only)|
|1972||Bob Guelker||11-0-3||NCAA Div. II Champion|
|SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (1973–1987)|
|1973||Bob Guelker||11-2-1||Lost Elite 8|
|1974||Bob Guelker||12-3-0||Lost Elite 8|
|1975||Bob Guelker||14-4-0||NCAA Runner-up|
|1976||Bob Guelker||12-4-0||Lost Elite 8|
|1977||Bob Guelker||12-4-1||3rd Place|
|1978||Bob Guelker||14-3-1||Lost Elite 8|
|1979||Bob Guelker||19-2-3||NCAA Champion|
|1980||Bob Guelker||10-8-2||Lost 1st round|
|1981||Bob Guelker||13-4-1||Lost 1st round|
|1982||Bob Guelker||15-4-1||3rd Place|
|SIU Edwardsville (Big Central Soccer Conference) (1987–1990)|
|1987||Ed Huneke||9-8-3||2-0-2||1st (tie) of 5|
|1988||Ed Huneke||10-9-2||4-2-0||2nd of 7|
|1989||Ed Huneke||11–9–1||2–4–0||4th (tie) of 6|
|1990||Ed Huneke||11–10–1||4–2-0||3rd of 7|
|SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (1991–1993)|
|SIU Edwardsville (Mid-Continent Conference) (1994–1995)|
|1994||Ed Huneke||6-12-0||3-5-0||4th of 5 West|
|1995||Ed Huneke||3–13–1||2-5-1||5th of 5 West|
|SIU Edwardsville (Great Lakes Valley Conference (Division II)) (1996–2007)|
|1996||Ed Huneke||11–7-1||6-4-1||6th of 12|
|1997||Ed Huneke||18–2-1||2–4–1||1st of 12||Lost 1st round|
|1998||Ed Huneke||7–11–1||5–6-0||7th of 12|
|1999||Ed Huneke||11-7–1||8-2–1||3rd of 12|
|2000||Ed Huneke||11-7–2||8-3–0||3rd of 12|
|2001||Ed Huneke||17-3-3||9-0-1||1st (tie) of 11||3rd Div. II|
|2002||Ed Huneke||13-4–2||7–2–1||2nd (tie) of 11|
|2003||Ed Huneke||16–4-1||10-0-0||1st of 11||Lost 2nd round|
|2004||Ed Huneke||19-3-2||8-0-2||1st of 11||Div. II Runner-up|
|2005||Ed Huneke||16-3-3||11–0–1||1st of 14||3rd Div. II|
|2006||Ed Huneke||15-4-3||10-2–1||1st of 14||Lost 2nd round|
|2007||Ed Huneke||11–4-3||9–2–2||2nd of 14||Lost 2nd round|
|SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (2008–2009)|
|SIU Edwardsville (Missouri Valley Conference) (2010–present)|
|2010||Kevin Kalish||10-5-4||4–1–2||2nd of 8||MVC final|
|2011||Kevin Kalish||8–8–4||1-4-1||6th of 7||MVC 1st round|
|2012||Kevin Kalish||13-7-0||4–2–0||2nd of 7||MVC final|
|2013||Kevin Kalish||8-9-2||3-3-0||4th of 7||MVC semis|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
|Program inaugurated, 1966-67||Independent 1967-71 (Single NCAA Division)||Division II Independent 1972||Division I Independent 1973-86|
|Division I Independent 1991-93||
|GLVC Standings 1996-2007 N/A|
- St. Louis University Soccer
- Ken Flach and Robert Seguso have overcome scandal and - 08.10.87 - SI Vault
- SIUE : Cougars Ranked No. 22 Nationally
- SoccerAmerica - Soccer America Men's Top 25 09/11/2012