Kevin Kalish

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Kevin Kalish
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Florissant, Missouri, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1995–1996 Connecticut Huskies
1997–1998 Saint Louis Billikens
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 St. Louis Ambush (indoor) 33 (?)
2000–2001 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 7 (1)
2001– Kansas City Attack (indoor)
Teams managed
1999 Saint Louis Billikens (assistant)
2000–2007 SIU Edwardsville Cougars (assistant)
2008–2013 SIU Edwardsville Cougars
2018– Saint Louis Billikens
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Kalish is a retired American soccer defender who is the head coach of the Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer team.[1] He played professionally in the National Professional Soccer League.


In 1995, Kalish graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School. During his four-year prep soccer career, Kalish was three-time All State as Aquinas-Mercy won the 1992 and 1993 State Champions. His senior season, he was the MVP of the Midwest Championship and a Parade Magazine High School All American. In 1995, Kalish entered the University of Connecticut where he was a two-year starter on the men's soccer team. He played defender as well as attacking and holding midfield. Following his senior season, he transferred to St. Louis University. He finished his collegiate career with two season as a Billiken. He was a 1998 First Team All American.[2] He graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 2007, St. Louis University inducted Kalish into its Athletic Hall of Fame.[3] During his collegiate career, Kalish continued to play club soccer with Scott Gallagher, winning the 1998 U-23 National Championship with them.


In 1998, the St. Louis Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League drafted Kalish. He did not sign with them. On February 8, 1999, the Kansas City Wizards selected Kalish in the third round (26th overall) of the 1999 MLS College Draft. The Nashville Metros also drafted Kalish.[4] On November 16, 1999, Kalish signed with the Ambush.[5] When the Ambush folded at the end of the season, Kalish moved to the Buffalo Blizzard. On January 26, 2001, the Blizzard traded Kalish to the Kansas City Attack for Chris Handsor.[6]


In 1999, Kalish served as an assistant coach with the Saint Louis Billikens. In 2000, he moved to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as an assistant. In 2008, he became the Cougers' head coach.

On December 6, 2013, he resigned to assume a position with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club that would allow him to spend more time with his family.[7]

On January 20, 2018, he was named head coach of his alma mater, St. Louis University, [1]

Record by Year[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SIU Edwardsville (Division I Independent) (2008–2009)
2008 SIUE Cougars 5–8-1
2009 SIUE Cougars 5–9–3
SIU Edwardsville (Missouri Valley Conference) (2010–2016)
2010 SIUE Cougars 10–5–4 4–1–2 2nd of 8
2011 SIUE Cougars 8–8–4 1-4-1 6th of 7
2012 SIUE Cougars 13–7–0 4–2–0 2nd of 7
2013 SIUE Cougars 8–9–2 3–3–0 4th of 7
SIUE Cougars [8]: 49–46–14 .514
Saint Louis Billikens (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2019–present)
2018 SLU Billikens
SLU Billikens: 0–0–0 (–) 0–0–0 (–)
Total: 49-46-14 .514

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "KEVIN KALISH NAMED BILLIKENS' HEAD COACH". Atlantic 10 Conference. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  2. ^ 1998 All Americans
  3. ^ 2007 Billiken Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
  4. ^ 1999 Draft List Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "SPORTS SHORTS" St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday, November 17, 1999
  6. ^ "Attack trades defenders; goalie retires" Kansas City Star (MO) Friday, January 26, 2001
  7. ^
  8. ^ "SIUE Men's Soccer Archives". Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 

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