CHICAGO – After a four-year stint as the Saint Xavier University women's soccer coach, Jeremy Ekeler plans to step down in June and move back to Nebraska with his family to pursue a new career venture. Ekeler amassed a 38-35-5 career record with the Cougars over the past four seasons. During his first year as head coach in 2008, SXU garnered six All-Chicago land Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) selections and won the CCAC Tournament with a 1-0 overtime victory over Trinity International University (Ill.).
"Coaching at an amazing university like Saint Xavier has been a lifelong dream for me and I walk away with great memories and friendships," said Ekeler. "While my wife and I are excited to bring our children back to Lincoln, Neb., so they can grow up with our families, there is certainly a lot of emotion in departing such a wonderful place."
The Saint Xavier University women's soccer team competes as a member of both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). The team begins its next season in August 2012. The program, which began in 1997, has a rich history of success with five CCAC regular season titles, four CCAC Tournament championships and two trips to the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships.
"Jeremy has done an outstanding job in his four years as the women's soccer coach at SXU and I wish him nothing but the best as he and his family move back to Nebraska," said Saint Xavier University Athletic Director Bob Hallberg. "Not only did he have his teams playing at a high level on the field, but he made it a point to make sure his student-athletes were successful in the classroom and great ambassadors for Saint Xavier University."