Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer
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|Saint Louis Billikens
|University||Saint Louis University|
|Location||St. Louis, MO|
|Head coach||Mike McGinty (2nd year)|
|Colors||Blue and White
|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. 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.
As of June 21, 2013
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Coaching 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
Head coaching history
|1959–1966||Bob Guelker||Won 5 NCAA championships in 8 seasons.|
|1967–1982||Harry Keough||Won 5 NCAA championships in his first 7 seasons.|
|2012||16-5-0||7-2-0||Mike McGinty||A10||1st||Champions||NCAA 2nd Round, 8th Overall Seed|
|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
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.
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- 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
- 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.
- College Cup (10)
- 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967(co-champion) 1969, 1970, 1972, & 1973
- Atlantic 10 Tournament
- 2009, 2012
- A Time for Champions, a film which chronicled the school's soccer dominance in the 1960s and 70s.
- Keough Award — given to the top male and female soccer players from the St. Louis, Missouri area.
- St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame
- Soccer in St. Louis
- "University Colors, Fonts and Photography, Primary Color Palette". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
- "2013 Roster". Saint Louis University. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Previous Seasons". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Leahy To Be Enshrined in Missouri Sports Hall of Fame", SLU Billikens, February 9, 2007.
- Saint Louis Billikens Men's Soccer Official Website
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