CHICAGO – Former Saint Xavier University men's soccer player and assistant coach Matt Prunckle recently became the head boy's soccer coach at nearby St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Ill. Prunckle played at SXU from 2004-07 and was an honorable mention selection on the 2007 All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men's Soccer Team. He graduated from Saint Xavier University in 2008 with a degree in finance and has served as an assistant coach with the Cougars for the past two seasons. Prunckle also served as an assistant soccer coach at Olivet Nazarene University and Moraine Valley Community College.
"This is a great and extremely well-deserved opportunity for Matt and I couldn't be happier for him," said SXU head men's soccer coach Ed Vucinic. "In my opinion, Matt is among the top young coaches out there and St. Laurence will benefit from his knowledge, passion, energy and work ethic. At the same time, our program will miss those qualities in a big way. Matt's work here as a player and a coach have left a lasting mark. Selfishly, I wish he could continue to help guide the program, but he is so good at what he does, I always knew it wouldn't be long before he left to put his mark on a program of his own. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked with him. Everyone associated with SXU soccer wishes him the very best."
Saint Xavier men's soccer went a combined 20-16-3 overall during the two seasons that Prunckle helped coach the team. The Cougars also qualified for the semifinals of the CCAC Men's Soccer Tournament both years.