Men's Soccer - Tue, Jun. 22, 2004
CHICAGO -- Ed Vucinic, former assistant men's soccer coach at Saint Xavier University in 2002, was recently named SXU's new full-time men's soccer coach replacing Henry Barsch, who resigned earlier this year for personal reasons. Vucinic joins the Cougar staff after a one-year stint at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., where he served as interim head coach for the Cardinals' men's soccer program. "I am extremely excited to come back to Saint Xavier, because I became very fond of it during the year that spent there as an assistant," said Vucinic. "I am anxious to work with the talented group of student-athletes that Henry (Barsch) has put together over the last two years and I'm very appreciative of the incredible job he has done in building a successful program in such a short amount of time. I hope to build off that success."
In addition to his stints as a coach, Vucinic has served as a professional soccer broadcaster for the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and the Cleveland Crunch as well as with Fox Sports and ESPN. He has also worked a variety of soccer camps and clinics around the country and brings a wealth of soccer knowledge to the SXU program.
"We are looking for Ed to continue the fine tradition of Saint Xavier University men's soccer established by Henry Barsch," said SXU athletic director Bob Hallberg. "We feel this will be a smooth transition since Ed served as an assistant under Henry just two years ago. We are confident that our men's soccer program will remain on top of a very competitive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC)."
Vucinic graduated from Lewis University (Ill.) in 1983 with a degree in business administration. He played soccer for the Flyers for four years and was a three-year starter at defender. Vucinic currently resides in Chicago.
The Saint Xavier men's soccer team finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 13-8-4 and fell one game short of qualifying for the 2003 NAIA National Championships in Kansas City, Mo. The Cougars won the 2003 CCAC Postseason Tournament and advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Region VII Tournament before falling 5-1 to No. 1 seeded Grand View College (Iowa).