PODCAST: Kevin Kalish (Saint Louis)

The new season of the College Soccer News Podcast begins with Kevin Kalish of Saint Louis University to talk about him taking over at his alma mater, the lessons he's learned coaching at the college and club levels and much more. 


Coach Kevin Kalish talks about taking over his hometown college team team and his alma mater, Saint Louis University. Kalish talks about how he used to write down practice plans even as a player as he prepared to for his future profession, and the lessons he learned as an assistant and head coach at SIUE. He sheds light into his decision to move away from the college ranks to serve as Vice President and Missouri Boys Club Director for St. Louis Scott Gallagher, and ultimately the return to the college sidelines at SLU. Kalish also gives a brief update on the team through the spring and expectations for the program for this season and going forward. 

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 2018 Season
* Kevin Kalish (Saint Louis, 7/18/18)






The Duo Looking To Bring Seattle University To The College Cup by Dela Agbotse

The Greek philosopher Aristotle first coined the pharase "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts."  That means working together, everyone achieves more.  From a soccer standpoint, the ability to merge together and maximize the talents of individual players into a unified and cohesive team is the factor that distinquishes the great from the good teams.    

Whether in direct partnership as a central defensive pair, working together in the run of play, or even operating on opposiste sides of the pitch, there are some player combinations that are uniquely productive.  Such combinations are so effective that they promote a collective effort that becomes intertwined with the team's success on and off the pitch.  

The Seattle University duo of center back Nathan Aune from Arlington, Washington and midfiedler Sergio Rivas from Albuquerque, New Mexico fall into that unique category.  The duo will seek to bring Seattle University back to the College Cup (Final Four) this fall in their senior season.  The play of the Redhawk pair has been exceptional from the moment they arrived on campus in 2015 and they have continued to be a consistent force for SU over the past three seasons. Aune and Rivas have undoubtedly been a major factor behind the success the Redhawks have enjoyed in the Western Athletic Conferece (three championships in the past five seasons) and in the NCAA Tournament.

Aune (the 2017 WAC Defensive Player of the Year) and Rivas (a three-time All-WAC selection), along with midfielder Alex Roldan who was drafted by the Seattle Sounders in 2018, have been the rock upon which veteran head coach Pete Fewing and his staff have built a tough and resilitent Seattle side that has secured a total of forty-four wins over the past three seasons including a 15-4-4 overall record last year.

Aune and Rivas have been and should continue to be among the best in their positions in the WAC in 2018. Aune is the ball-playing defender of the pair, looking to push the attack forward at every opportunity while anchoring the back line.  Rivas who led the Redhawk attack last year has proven to be one of the best midfielders in college soccer.  Their skils merge in a complimenatry fashion and it is no surprise that, with excellent support from their talented teammates and the coaching staff, the pair has played a key role in the attainment of several WAC titles.  

Rivas has been a bag factor in Seattle's prolific offense which led the WAC in 2017 with a total of thirty-nine goals and a 1.70 goals per game average. Rivas, who will enter his senior season with fifteen career goals, led the Redhawk attack last year with a total of eight goals and six assists.  He was a 2017 All-WAC Second Team selection and a United Soccer Coaches All-West Region Second Team member. 

Defensively, Aune played a big role in Seattle's run to the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, limiting the opposition's looks on goal.  He was at the center of a Redhawk backline that only allowed 0.91 goals per game last year while recording ten shutouts in the process. The team captain's many honors included being named a 2017 Third-Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches, a First-Team Scholar All-America selection, and a First-Team All-West Region selection. 

The outstanding duo will attempt to raise Seattle's status in college soccer even higher this fall.  With a challenging schedule that pits SU against the likes of New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara, Akron, Washington. Air Force and Utah Valley, the duo will also have the platform to make a statement in their senior year heading into the MLS draft.  However, that is far from their focus.  Their main objective going into their final college soccer season is to work together with their teammates to win another WAC title and to get Seattle University back to the NCAA Final Four. 

Seattle University Associate Head Coach Nate Daligcon expressed how much Aune and Rivas have grown over the last threee years.  Daligcon stated, "We knew coming in they were good but we did not expect them to hit the ground running the way they did, not only are they great players and leaders on the field but they are great role models off the field as well."

With a talented playmaker like Rivas and a defensive stalwart like Aune on board, Seattle University always has a chance to win any game.  They are a college soccer combination to keep an eye on in 2018 and in the 2019 MLS draft.   

Dela Agbotse is a contributing writer for College Soccer News.  He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Top Assistant Coaches 2017

June 11, 2018 - The 2017 college soccer season is now history but there is one important last look back on the 2017 season before the focus totally shifts to the upcoming 2018 campaign. College Soccer News annually seeks to recognize assistant coaches across the country who are excelling at their work. The 2017 honorees include a few familiar as well as a several new faces. In making these selections, we acknowledge up-front that some very deserving assistant coaches will be left out as is always the case when individuals are singled out for recognition.

It should be noted that our current selections consider team success on the field of play in 2017 with additional weight given to consist success over multiple seasons.  

There are many excellent assistant coaches in the collegiate ranks across the nation who have a very positive impact on college soccer. The very best are effective teachers, communicators, motivators, and recruiters. The most effective assistant coaches relate well to the players they coach while maintaining their respect.  Some, but not necessarily all, aspire to become a head coach at some point.  All seek to make a positive contribution in their current role.    

Successful head coaches are first to emphasize the valuable role that their assistants play in the level of success a program achieves. The very best assistance coaches are soccer and people savvy mentors who understand their role and are totally aligned with the direction of the head coach. 

Assistant coaches recognized in past years by College Soccer News who are now head coaches include Kevin Grimes at California, Cameron Rast at Santa Clara, Bill Irwin formerly at Portland, Robert McCourt at Monmouth, Bobby Muus at Denver and Wake Forest, Mike Jacobs formerly at Evansville, Todd Yeagley at Indiana, Jesse Comier at Vermont and FGCU, Kelly Findley formerly at North Carolina State, Erik Ronning at Colgate, Brian Wiese at Georgetown, Darren Powell formerly at Elon, Damon Rensing at Michigan State, Jamie Clark at Washington, Kevin Anderson at Columbia, Sean Phillips at UIC, Eric Pogue at Oakland, Ralph Polson at Wofford, Scott Calabrese at FIU and UCF, Brad Ruzzo at Mercer, Andy Fleming at Xavier, Carlos Somoano at North Carolina, Ryan Anatol at Stony Brook, Johan Cedergren at Kentucky, Jared Embick at Akron, Chris Volk formerly at UC Irvine, Kylie Stannard at Yale, Mario Sanchez at SIUE, Nick Carlin-Voigt at Portland, John Murphy at Georgia Southern, Brian Maisonneuve at Ohio State and Brian Rowland at Temple. 


Oige Kennedy


Kennedy's focus at Stanford has been on the play between the pipes.  The Cardinal have been rock solid on the defensive side of the ball not allowing a goal in the past two NCAA Tournaments.  Stanford goal keepers Nico Corti (2017) and Andrew Epstein (2016) have been outstanding.  Kenedy's resume includes seven seasons as the head coach at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and two NCAA Division II national championship prior to joining the Stanford staff under head coach Jeremy Gunn.  

Jeff Negalha

N.C. State

Negalha's resume includes very successful stops at South Florida, Boston College, and North Carolina before joining the staff at N.C. State as the Associate Head Coach under head coach George Kiefer last year.  The Wolfpack returned to the NCAA Tournament last year for the first time since the 2009 season.  Negalha's experience and his eye for talent are outstanding qualities.   

Michael Brady


Brady enters his eleventh season on the coaching staff at Duke under head coach John Kerr. He has served in the capacity of Associate Head Coach since 2010. He works to hone the skills of the Blue Devil players on both sides of the ball.  Before Duke, Brady served for two season as the head women's soccer coach at American University.  In 2017 Duke had a banner thirteen win season during which they were awarded the number six seed in the NCAA Tournament.  

Ben Pirmann 

Michigan State

The former Michigan State midfielder who was a three-year starter will enter his  eighth season as a Spartan assistant coach under head coach Damon Rensing. Prior to returning to the sidelines at East Lansing in 2011, Pirmann gained seasoning as an assistant coach at Western Michigan. Michigan State earned the number seven seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight for the thrid time in the past five years.  

Mike Miller


Miller enters his third season on head coach Ray Reid's staff at Connecticut.  Reid speaks highly of Miller's work ethic and his energy and effectiveness in attracting top talent on the recruiting trail.  Miller has an impressive resume that includes serving as an assistant coach at Duke for two years, at Syracuse for four seasons, and at Evansville for four years. He has served as a mentor for numberous goalkeepers and played a key role in recruiting several top ranked recruiting classes.  

Grant Porter

North Carolina 

The former UNC player and team captain will enter his eighth season as a member of the Tar Heel coaching staff under head coach Carlos Somoano. He assists in all aspects of the program and has had a hand in bringing on board several highly regarding recrutiing classes. North Carolina has had one of the highest winning percentages in the country during the time Porter has been associated as a player or member of the coaching staff.  He served as an assitant coach at Georgia State University before returning to Chapel Hill as an assistant coach. 

Dane Brenner

Wake Forest 

The High Point, North Carolina native, who was a four-year starter and team captain in goal as a player at  South Florida, will begin his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Demon Deacons under the guidance of Bobby Muuss who will enter his fourth season as the Wake Forest head coach in 2018. Brenner works primarily with the defensive unit and goalkeepers while also serving as the team's recruiting coordinator.  Before coming to Wake Forest, Brenner served as an assitant coach at Connecticut for four seasons.  Wake Forest had another banner nineteen win season in 2017.  

Keith Tiemeyer


Tiemeyer, who serves as the Associate Head Coach at Wisconsin on the staff of head coach John Trask, has been a member of the Badger coaching staff since the 2009 campaign. He serves as Wisconsin's director of recruiting and works alongside Trask and assistants Aaron Hohlbein and Tim Boruff in developing the on the field talents of the Badger players and creating the desired team oriented culture. Wisconsin had a stellar 2017 season during which they were the outright Big Ten Tournament champions for the first time in program history in 2017 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  

Adam Bruh


Bruh will began his eighth season as an assistant coach at Butler as a member of head coach Paul Snape's staff. He assists in all aspects of the program, with a focus on recruiting.  Bruh has been a part of a revitalized Bulldog program that has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the past two seasons. Butler won the Big East Championship in 2016 and the Big East regular season title in 2017 with an 8-1-0 mark against conference opponents.  In 2017 the Bulldogs advanced to the third round in NCAA Tournament play.  Bruh was a four-year letterwinner ( 2002-2005) at Michigan.  

Jeff Rowland


Rowland will enter his eighth season as an Assistant Coach at Washington under head coach Jamie Clark.  The Huskies have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament during five of the seven seasons that he has been a member of the coaching staff.  Prior to that Rowland served as an assistant coach at Creighton and as a voluteer assistant coach at Harvard.  Rowland  played collegiate soccer as a forward for New Mexico where he was an All-America selection in 2004 and 2005.  

Gavin Wyse 


Wyse serves as the Associate Head Coach at Fordham under the direction of veteran head coach Jim McElderry.  Wyse joined the Ram coaching staff in 2008. He has played a key role on the recruiting trail and has contributed to the on the field success that Fordham has enjoyed which includes a berth in the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons.  In 2017 the Rams had a program record fourteen win season during which they advanced to the Elite Eight.

Philip Jones


Jones, a repeat selection by College Soccer News, will enter his ninth season as a member of the Clemson coaching staff in 2018 under head coach Mike Noonan.  He has served in the capacity of Associate Head Coach at Clemson since 2012.  Prior to that Jones was an assistant coach at his alma mater Embry-Riddle and at Brown. Jones has worked with Noonan to bring the Clemson program back into prominence in the ACC and on the national scene.  The Tigers earned their fifth consecutive invite to the NCAA Tournament last year and were awarded the number seven seed.  

Dustin Norman


Norman enters his fourth season as a member of head coach Kevin Hudson's staff at SMU.  His duties as associate head coach include recruiting and player development with a focus on attacking players. SMU won the American  Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2017 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament  for the second time in the last three years.  Norman's resume includes three seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State, five seasons at Houston Baptist, and three seasons at Mercer.  He was a three-time all-conference selection as a player at Maryville College.