EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will conduct an immediate national search for its next men's soccer head coach.
"SIUE has a long and distinguished history in intercollegiate soccer," said Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "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."
SIUE (8-9-4) won its first Missouri Valley Conference tournament title as the second seed and advanced to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament before falling at California 1-0. Senior forward Christian Volesky was named the MVC's Player of the Year. Senior Matt Polster was also honored as the MVC Defensive Player of the Year.
Assistant coaches David Korn and Brian Jones led the Cougars to postseason success as co-head coaches after Head Coach Scott Donnelly resigned in early August to join U.S. Soccer. Korn will remain with SIUE as associate head coach. Assistant Coach Scott Gyllenborg also will be retained. Jones is joining the Saint Louis Football Club, one of the newest professional teams in the United Soccer Leagues, as its goalkeeper coach.
"Coaches Korn, Jones, Gyllenborg and Billy Berger did an outstanding job in an extremely difficult situation," Hewitt said. "They led a team to a championship after the head coach departed just days before training began in August. They met the challenge with commitment, passion and dedication.
"Our mantra for the year was borrowed from one of history's great leaders Winston Churchill - 'the price of greatness is responsibility' - and every student-athlete and staff member learned what this truly meant."
SIUE men's soccer has qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament 11 times and was the national champion in 1979. The Cougars have 22 national tournament appearances (including NCAA Division II) overall and hold a 31-20-2 record all-time in NCAA Tournament competition.
Applications will be accepted for the next 20 business days with a goal of naming a head coach in February.
"Everyone tied to SIUE soccer needs to remember how special and unique this championship was," Hewitt added. "Everyone who played a role in supporting this program should be extremely proud and look forward to continued success in the coming seasons."