Coaches
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Jeremy Ekeler
Head Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska

Ekeler took over as head women's soccer coach at Saint Xavier University in 2008 after spending the 2007 season as an assistant coach and five years as head coach at Saint Pius X High School in Lincoln, Neb.  His first campaign was a successful one with six All-CCAC selections and a CCAC Tournament Championship, four CCAC Player of the Week honorees and a NAIA National Player of the Week.  As an assistant, Ekeler was primarily responsible for the Cougar defense, which allowed just 19 goals over 24 games and posted 10 shutouts.  The SXU defenders earned four all-conference, four all-region, and four All-American honors during the 2007 campaign.  From 2003-2007, Saint Pius X compiled a 79-10 overall record, five district titles, two state championships, two state runner-up finishes, and two NSCAA National Top 20 ratings.  This team also set 14 team and 21 individual records.

Fifteen Saint Pius X players earned All-State recognition during Ekeler's tenure and 24 went on to play soccer at the collegiate level.  In addition, Ekeler has been twice nominated for the Nebraska Coaches Association Soccer Coach of the Year (2004 & 2005). He has the following licenses:  United States Soccer Federation National D License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced Regional and Goalkeeping 1 license and a NSCAA Regional License.

Ekeler has a master's degree in education administration from SXU.  He lives in Western Springs with his wife, Susan.  The couple have two young daughters, Charlotte and Marion.

 
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Evan Strehlau
Assistant Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: University of Illinois-Chicago
Phone: 773-298-3112

Strehlau joined the SXU women's soccer program as an assistant coach in 2008.  In his first season guiding the defense, three of his four defenders were selected All-CCAC, one received CCAC Player of the Week honors, and under his tutelage, Nikki Grant was chosen NAIA National Player of the Week.  As a former goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach for the Chicago Red Stars developmental team (Red 11), Strehlau will work primarily with the Cougar goalkeepers.  He holds a USSF "D" Coaching License as well as a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeper Diploma.  He also serves as the head girl's soccer coach at neighboring Mother McAuley High School.

Strehlau has a wealth of soccer coaching experience around the Chicagoland area. Prior to joining the Saint Xavier University women's soccer staff, he has served as varsity girl's head coach at Queen of Peace High School.  He has also been the goalkeeper coach for the Elite Soccer Trainers (Arlington Aces SoccerClub), Chicago Gaels (a USL W-League team) and Southwest United Soccer Club as well as held coaching stints with the Inter FC Soccer Club, Midwest Wings Soccer Club, Victor J. Andrew High School, and Moraine Valley Community College.  A former First Team All-Regional goalkeeper for Moraine Valley from 1997-98, Strehlau has been playing competitive soccer since 1986.

The former native of Memphis, Tenn., Strehlau now resides in the Western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and daughter.  He teaches biology and anatomy at neighboring Brother Rice High School and received his degree in kinesology from University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in 2002 along with his K-12 teaching certificate.

 
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Elizabeth Ruberry
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of Florida

Ruberry joins the staff in 2011 as an assistant coach for the SXU women’s soccer program.  She enjoyed a very successful collegiate playing career (2004-08) as a defender at University of Florida where she helped lead the team to three SEC championships and three “Sweet 16” appearances in 2006, 2007 and 2008.  Ruberry finished her career at Florida ranked No. 10 in career minutes played and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2004, 2007 and 2008.  She went on to play for Aland United, a member of the Finnish Premier League, in the spring of 2011.

Ruberry worked as a student intern for the University of Florida women’s soccer team in the spring of 2009.  She also coached at the Florida Gator Soccer Camp in 2010.  She has also served as head coach and trainer of the Homewood-Flossmoor Soccer Club.

Ruberry received a degree in health education and behavior from the University of Florida in 2009.  She also minored in Communications.  Ruberry originally hails from Oak Forest, Ill., and played at Oak Forest High School and was an all-state selection in 2004.   

 
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Josh St. Pierre
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

St. Pierre joined the staff in the summer of 2010 and also serves as a full coach and trainer for the Lyons Township Soccer Club.  Prior to his move to the Chicagoland area, he served as head girl's soccer coach at Pius X High School from 2008-09 taking them to the semifinals of the Nebraska state playoffs both years.  From 2004-07, St. Pierre was the head assistant coach at Pius X and helped lead the program to a pair of state championships.  He also has coaching experience at Nebraska Wesleyan University and helped introduce the Nike Rush soccer program to Nebraska.  

St. Pierre holds the following licenses:  USSF National D, NSCAA National Youth and NSCAA National Diploma.  He was a player at National American University in his hometown of Rapid City, S.D.