Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer

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Saint Louis Billikens
men's soccer
SLU Billikens wordmark.png
University Saint Louis University
Conference Atlantic 10
Location St. Louis, MO
Head coach Mike McGinty (2nd year)
Stadium Hermann Stadium
(Capacity: 6,050)
Nickname Billikens
Colors Blue and White[1]
NCAA Tournament Champions
1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
1961, 1971, 1974
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1959, 1960, 1961 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
Conference Tournament Champions
1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2012

The Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Saint Louis University. The Saint Louis Billikens compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Soccer is the main fall sport at SLU, which has not sponsored football since 1949.

Noted for their dominance in men's collegiate soccer during the late 1950s through the mid-1970s, the Billikens have won 10 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships, the most of any men's college soccer program.[citation needed] Despite this, the Billikens have not appeared in an NCAA national championship final since 1974. Of their ten titles, nine were outright earned by the Billikens and their 1972 title was shared with San Francisco Dons.

During their dynasty run from the 1960s through 1970s, the team was coached by Bob Guelker during their first five championships, while Harry Keough coached the last five championship teams at SLU. Dan Donigan was the most recent head coach, serving from February 2001 until he resigned in January 2010 to accept a position at Rutgers. Presently, the Billikens are coached by Mike McGinty.


Billikens threaten to score against Duquesne (November 2, 2008).

As of June 21, 2013[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Nick Shackelford
2 Liberia MF Raymond Lee
4 United States DF Anthony Manning
7 United States MF Alex Sweetin
8 Spain MF William Hidalgo
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adnan Gabeljić
10 United States DF John Roeckle
11 Croatia FW Robby Kristo
12 Nigeria FW Kingsley Bryce
16 United States MF Josh Kohring
No. Position Player
17 Netherlands DF Dirk van der Velde
18 Guatemala FW Francisco Vizcaino
19 Republic of Ireland MF David Graydon
21 United States MF Khalil Karl
22 Bermuda MF Jair Minors
23 Germany DF Julian Gieseke
24 Germany DF Marco Heskemp
25 United States DF Tyler David
26 United States DF Isaac Fraley
31 United States GK Patrick Conroy

Team management[edit]

Coaching Staff
Position Staff
Head Coach Mike McGinty
Assistant Coach Jason O'Keefe
Assistant Coach Blake Schneider
Goalkeeper Coach Tim Kelly

Last updated: June 19, 2013
Source: Saint Louis Billikens Athletics Website

Soccer at SLU.

Head coaching history[edit]

Dates Name Notes
1959–1966 United States Bob Guelker Won 5 NCAA championships in 8 seasons.
1967–1982 United States Harry Keough Won 5 NCAA championships in his first 7 seasons.
1983–1996 United States Joe Clarke
1997–2000 United States Bob Warming
2001–2009 United States Dan Donigan
2010–present United States Mike McGinty


Previous Season's Records and Standings[3]
Season Overall
Coach Conf. Conf Rank Conf.
NCAA Tournament
2012 16-5-0 7-2-0 Mike McGinty A10 1st Champions NCAA 2nd Round, 8th Overall Seed
2011 6-10-1 4-5-0 Mike McGinty A10 10th
2010 9-7-3 5-3-0 Mike McGinty A10 5th Semifinals
2009 12-6-0 7-2-0 Donigan A10 2nd Champions NCAA 2nd Round
2008 12-5-5 6-3 Donigan A10 4th Semifinals NCAA 2nd Round

NCAA tournament: 1959–1974[edit]

The following table shows the sixteen-year span from 1959 to 1974 in which SLU won 10 NCAA titles. In the six seasons in which SLU did not win, they finished second three times, reached the semifinals once, reached the quarterfinals once, and reached the round-of-16 once. In all 16 seasons, the NCAA tournament was either won by SLU or by the team that had beaten SLU.

NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship[4]
Year Final Semifinalists Host City Host Stadium
Champion Score Runner-up 3rd Place Score 4th Place
1959 Saint Louis 5–2 Bridgeport CCNY, West Chester Storrs, CT Memorial Stadium
1960 Saint Louis (2) 3–2 Maryland West Chester, Connecticut Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn College Field
1961 West Chester 2–0 Saint Louis Bridgeport, Rutgers St. Louis, MO Public Schools Stadium
1962 Saint Louis (3) 4–3 Maryland Springfield College, Michigan State St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1963 Saint Louis (4) 3–0 Navy Maryland, Army Piscataway, NJ Rutgers Stadium
1964 Navy 1–0 Michigan State Saint Louis, Army Providence, RI Brown Stadium
1965 Saint Louis (5) 1–0 Michigan State Navy, Army St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1966 San Francisco 5–2 Long Island University Michigan State, Army Berkeley, CA California Memorial Stadium
1967 Michigan State
Saint Louis (6)
0–0 † Navy, Long Island–Brooklyn St. Louis, MO Francis Field
1968 Maryland
Michigan State (2)
2–2 (2OT) ‡ Brown, San Jose State Atlanta, GA Grant Field
1969 Saint Louis (7) 4–0 San Francisco Maryland, Harvard San Jose, CA Spartan Stadium
1970 Saint Louis (8) 1–0 UCLA Hartwick, Howard Edwardsville, IL Cougar Field, SIUE
1971 Howard # 3–2 Saint Louis Harvard, San Francisco Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1972 Saint Louis (9) 4–2 UCLA Howard, Cornell Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1973 Saint Louis (10) 3–2 (OT) UCLA Brown, Clemson Miami, FL Miami Orange Bowl
1974 Howard 2–1 (4OT) Saint Louis Hartwick 3–1 UCLA St. Louis, MO Busch Memorial Stadium


Notable alumni[edit]


  • Carl Gentile (1965) — Played with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League; earned 6 caps with the U.S. national team
  • Pat McBride (1967) — Played 10 seasons with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League; earned 5 caps with the U.S. national team
  • Al Trost (1970) — Played with the St. Louis Stars and other teams in the North American Soccer League; earned 14 caps with the U.S. national team
  • Pat Leahy (1972) — Played on three of the school's national championship soccer teams; placekicker for the NFL's New York Jets from 1974–1992 & Jets' all-time leading scorer[5]
  • Joe Clarke (1975) — Played professional soccer for 7 seasons, including stints with NASL's St. Louis Stars and MISL's St. Louis Steamers


  • Mike Sorber (1992) — 67 caps playing for the U.S. national team; played 7 professional seasons from 1994 to 2000 in Mexico and then in MLS
  • Brian McBride (1993) — scored 30 goals for the U.S. national team; played several seasons in the English Premier League
  • Shane Battelle (1993) — played 3 professional seasons from 1994 to 1996
  • Matt McKeon (1995) — played 7 seasons in MLS; 2 caps with the U.S. national team
  • Brad Davis (2001) — currently plays for Houston Dynamo; 17 caps with the U.S. national team
  • Dipsy Selolwane (2001) — played 4 seasons in MLS; played for the Botswana national team
  • Jack Jewsbury (2002) — has played in MLS since 2003; currently plays for the Portland Timbers
  • Vedad Ibišević (2003) — currently plays for VfB Stuttgart in Germany; played for Bosnia at the 2014 World Cup
  • Will John (2004) — played 3 seasons in MLS before moving to play in Europe
  • Tim Ward (2004) — played 8 seasons in MLS
  • Martin Hutton (2004) — 2 seasons in MLS from 2005 to 2006
  • John DiRaimondo (2006) — played 3 seasons in MLS from 2007 to 2009
  • Brandon Barklage (2008) — played 7 seasons in MLS from 2009 to 2015
  • Dado Hamzagić (2008) — played professionally two seasons in Bosnia from 2009 to 2011
  • Tim Ream (2009) — several professional seasons in MLS and in England; 20 U.S. national team caps

Note: The number in parentheses indicates the year the player graduated from SLU; for those who didn't graduate from SLU, the number indicates the last year they played for SLU.


1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967(co-champion) 1969, 1970, 1972, & 1973
2009, 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University Colors, Fonts and Photography, Primary Color Palette". Retrieved 2016-05-17. 
  2. ^ "2013 Roster". Saint Louis University. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Previous Seasons". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Leahy To Be Enshrined in Missouri Sports Hall of Fame", SLU Billikens, February 9, 2007.

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