Jesse Urquhart has been named as the new head coach of the varsity soccer program beginning with the 2016 season. Urquhart comes to Saint Mary’s with coaching experience at the club, men’s collegiate, and women’s collegiate levels.
After finishing his collegiate playing career, Urquhart first began coaching at Neumann University in Pennsylvania as an assistant men’s coach for the Knights. He developed and ran training sessions, was in charge of managing the team’s fundraising, budgeting, and equipment needs, and served as a recruiting coordinator for the program from 2008 to 2014. During that time, Urquhart gained additional experience while also coaching at Camden County College in New Jersey as well as at the New Jersey Rush and Highland Youth Soccer Club. Two of the New Jersey Rush girls club teams he worked with were state champions in the 2014 season.
In the fall of 2014, he started a two-year stint as the graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Defiance College in Ohio. In that capacity, he coordinated the recruiting efforts, monitored academic study sessions, organized fundraisers, arranged the team’s travel plans, and advanced the program through film breakdown and analysis. While at Defiance, Urquhart coached U15 boys, U16 boys, and U18 girls at Valentis Athletica Soccer Club out of Bowling Green, Ohio.
As a collegiate athlete, Urquhart competed at Camden County College and Neumann University. In his final two years of eligibility at Neumann, he set school records in goals in a season, points in a season, game-winning goals in a season, and assists in a season.
Urquhart earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Neumann University in 2009 and just recently completed a master’s degree in education with a concentration in sports coaching from Defiance College. He holds both a United States Soccer Federation National “C” license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Goalkeeper Level 1 diploma.
“I would like to thank Athletic Director Julie Schroeder-Biek and the search committee for this fantastic opportunity. It’s an exciting time to be part of the Saint Mary’s family, new facilities and new fields, and I am honored to be the selected as the new head coach. The Belles soccer program has a tradition of excelling in the classroom and my goal is to maintain that standard while matching that success on the pitch. I would like to thank my family for their unwavering support as well as my mentors, Kevin Sloan, formerly of Neumann University, Tom Freeman, formerly of Camden County College, and Jeff Zoyac of NJ Rush and Wilmington University.”
Some of Urquhart's professional accomplishments include:
- NSCAA Team Academic Award
- Seven All-Conference Award Recipients
- Four players earned Division III Scholar All-East Region honors
- 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 - ranked No. 16 nationally
- 2010, 2011 NCAA Appearances
- 2009, 2012 ECAC Appearances
- Five consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) tournament appearances
- Four Conference Players of the Year and two Conference Rookies of the Year
- 42 Conference Award recipients, including 17 1st team selections
- 35 Conference Academic recipients
- An ESPN Academic 1st Team All American
- Two players earned professional soccer contracts post-graduation
Camden County College
- First playoff appearance in five seasons
- Consecutive playoff appearances 2010, 2011 seasons
- Two First Team All-Region honorees
Randy Rompola is serving in his eighth season as an assistant to the Saint Mary’s soccer program in 2015. 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.
Kerri Casper enters her first year as an assistant with the Belles soccer program in 2016. Prior to moving to the northern Indiana area, she served as the varsity women's head soccer coach at Bald Eagle Area School District in Wingate, Pennsylvania from 2011-14. She has also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. A member of the Penn State University women's soccer team from 2001-03, Casper (nee Schmidt) was part of a Nittany Lions program which captured the Big 10 regular season and tournament championships. Penn State went on to reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 before making a Final Four apperance in 2002. She holds a USSF D License and an NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma. Casper is an Exceptional Education Resource Teacher at Discovery Middle School in Granger.
Aileen Clouse is in her first year as an assistant with the Belles soccer program in 2016 and serves as a goalkeeping coach. She has a range of experience as a goalkeeping coach, which includes time with the Indiana Invaders, Michiana Echo, and Wauseon Lady Indians clubs as well as the Haiti Women's National Team. She holds NSCAA Goalkeeping Diplomas 1 and 2, the NSCAA DOC Diploma, and a USSF National D License. Clouse was a two-year member of both the Defiance College (2010-12) and Holy Cross College (2012-14) soccer programs. She also holds a position as a Title I Instructional Aid and RST Monitor at Harrison Primary School in South Bend.
Sister Louisita "Lou" Welsh, CSC