The Saint Mary’s College Department of Athletics and Recreation has announced that Ken Nuber joins the College as the head coach of the varsity soccer program. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Nuber brings a wealth of experience and success as he becomes the thirteenth coach of the soccer program at Saint Mary’s.
The current director of coaching for the Junior Irish Soccer Club, Nuber has 19 years of combined coaching experience in the sport at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) and the University of Notre Dame.
Nuber became men’s head coach at Saint Francis in 1994, and coached both the men’s and women’s coach simultaneously until 1998, and continued to coach the women’s team until 2007. Over the 18 seasons in the 14 years Nuber spent with both teams, the Cougars won more than 200 games. The women’s team had 12 consecutive winning seasons with at least 10 wins each of those 12 years. Nuber was named the Mid-Central Conference Coach of the Year twice and was given the nod as regional coach of the year twice. His players won 34 NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-America honors, and the Cougars earned 10 consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Awards.
Nuber went on to spend five highly successful seasons as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame from 2008-2012. The Fighting Irish went a combined 94-21-8 while Nuber was with the team. Notre Dame won three BIG EAST regular season championships, two BIG EAST tournament titles, and made the NCAA Tournament in each of the five seasons he was an assistant. The Fighting Irish were national runners up in 2008, made it to the final four in 2009, and won the NCAA Division I Championship in 2010. Also in his tenure as assistant coach, Nuber worked with 10 All-Americans, a two-time MAC Herman Trophy winner, and several future professional soccer players during his time with the Fighting Irish.
He currently holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National B License as well as both the NSCAA National and Advanced National Diploma.
Nuber is a 1993 graduate of Saint Francis and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with an area of concentration in business. As a player for the Cougars, he amassed over 100 career points with 43 goals and 17 assists. He led the team in goals in three of his playing seasons and still holds a share of the program’s individual game record for goals in a single game.
Nuber will continue in his role as the director of coaching with the Junior Irish Soccer Club while beginning his role as head coach of the Saint Mary’s soccer program immediately.
Tom Van Meter
Tom Van Meter has been a staple in the South Bend soccer community for nearly his entire life. He previously was the head coach of the Belles soccer program in the late 1980s and early 90s, leading the Belles to NAIA post-season berths. He has 25 years of coaching experience through head coaching positions at South Bend St. Joseph's High School, Penn High School, and Saint Mary's. Van Meter was inducted into the Saint Mary's College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Indiana State Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Randy Rompola is serving in his seventh season as an assistant to the Saint Mary’s soccer program in 2014. He has coached youth travel soccer teams for the last 12 years with teams enjoying success in regional and state-wide leagues in Michigan and Indiana. He has had several former travel players continue their soccer careers in college with a few now coaching soccer themselves. Rompola has also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Board of Michiana Echo Soccer, a local travel soccer club. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Soccer Foundation. Rompola has received the NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma and the US Soccer National Youth License. After serving in the Air Force as an intelligence officer, he moved to the area to attend Notre Dame Law School and is currently a partner with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Duane Ungethum begins his fourth season assisting the Saint Mary’s soccer program in the fall of 2014. Since the spring of 2009, Ungethum has gained experience as a coach for the Junior Irish Soccer Club in South Bend. He helped guide the 1996 Girls Premier team to a TBay Classic title as well as a finals appearance in the 2010 Junior Irish Memorial Day Tournament. In addition to having assisted the club's 1998 Girls Green and 1993 Women's teams, he has been the goalkeeper academy coordinator and coach. A four-year member of the Marian University men's soccer program, Ungethum earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and finance in 2003. With an extensive background in accounting, he currently serves as the business development manager of the Midwest division for Peoplelink Staffing in South Bend.
Sister Louisita "Lou" Welsh, CSC