SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer
|SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer|
|2015 SIU Edwardsville Cougars men's soccer team|
|University||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville|
|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Head Coach||Mario Sanchez|
|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 Tournament College Cup|
|D I: 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982
D II: 1972, 2001, 2004, 2005
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal|
|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, 2014
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 represents 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. A nationwide search for a new head coach began in December, 2014, and on January 27, 2015 Mario Sanchez, the associate head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was introduced as the new Cougars head coach.
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
From Huneke's retirement in 2006 through the 2013 season, the program was led by Kevin Kalish, who took 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. For the season, Kalish was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Midwest Region Coach of the Year, and his staff was named the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the year.
Kalish compiled a 49-46-14 record in his six seasons.
On December 6, 2012, it was announced that Kevin Kalish was leaving for a job that would allow him to spend more time with his family.
On December 6, 2013, Associate Head Coach Scott Donnelly was named to succeed Kevin Kalish and become SIUE's fourth head coach. For the second year in a row, Donnelly's incoming players were rated one of the top recruiting classes in the country.
On August 10, 2014, it was announced that Donnelly had suddenly and unexpectedly resigned after being recruited to be the new Technical Advisor for the Northeast region of the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer). Seventh year goalkeepers coach Brian Jones and first year assistant coach David Korn were named co-head coaches.
The Cougars started the 2014 season in frustrating fashion, with five overtime games in the first six and a record of 0-6-2 after eight games. Then they entered Missouri Valley Conference play and ran off four straight victories. An embarrassing loss at NIU was followed by a tie at nationally ranked Louisville and another tie at home to eventual MVC champion Missouri State. Completing the regular season at 5-8-2, the Cougars entered the MVC Tournament as the #2 seed and an opening round bye at Bradley. The Cougars rallied from trailing early to defeat Bradley 2-1 in the semifinals. Then, in their school record ninth overtime game of the season, the Cougars downed Missouri State 1-0 to win SIUE's first MVC Tournament Championship and earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship for the first time since 1982 and then advancing to the second round.
Athletic Director Dr. Brad Hewitt announced on December 5th that SIUE would conduct a nationwide search for a new head coach stating, "We will secure the best possible leadership to maintain and enhance the strong academic, athletic and community engagement standards that define SIUE Soccer and SIUE Athletics.". David Korn is to remain as associate head coach and Scott Gyllenberg will be retained as assistant coach. Brian Jones, however, has departed to become the goalkeepers coach of the professional Saint Louis Football Club of the United Soccer Leagues.
The Mario Sanchez era
On January 27, 2015 Mario Sanchez, the associate head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was introduced as the new Cougars head coach.
Through the years, many Cougars have gone on to play professionally, and twenty-eight have been named All-Americans for their play at SIUE.
Two Cougars have been named to the NSCAA Men's University Division Scholar All-America Teams.
- Ryan Bauer, 2012, Second Team
- Matt Polster. 2014. First Team
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|
|Bob Guelker:||216-67-21 .745|
|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|
|Ed Huneke:||251-155-34 .609|
|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|
|Kevin Kalish:||49-46-14 .514|
|2014||Brian Jones & David Korn||8-9-4||4-1-1||2nd of 7||NCAA Tournament 2nd round|
|Jones & Korn:||8-9-4 .476|
|Mario Sanchez:||0–0–0 .000|
National champion Postseason invitational 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
Division I Independent 2008-09
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