MacMurray hires 2 soccer assistants
The MacMurray College soccer teams welcomed two
new assistant coaches for the 2013-14 year. Cate Simmermaker
joins Mac as the new assistant women’s soccer
coach. She is currently working toward her bachelor’s
degree in biochemistry from Earlham College in Richmond,
Ind. “It’s exciting to have Cate be a part of the Mac-
Murray College soccer program,” said head coach Shane
Taylor. “She has excellent knowledge of the game. She’s
the perfect fi t for our program and will bring new energy
and experience to all areas of the assistant coach position.
I’m looking forward to working with her and growing our
Prior to coming to MacMurray College, Simmermaker
worked as a coach in Richmond, offering private coaching
lessons. “I am thrilled to join the men’s and women’s soccer
program at MacMurray College,” Simmermaker said.
“I look forward to the prospects of growth and success for
both teams this coming season.”
Corey Suter, a MacMurray College alumnus, also joins
the Highlanders as the new men’s assistant soccer coach.
“Corey is an exceptional addition to our staff and I am
very excited to welcome him to MacMurray,” Taylor said.
“He possesses a strong worth ethic and a passion for
coaching. He’s been instrumental in developing players in
the Jacksonville area, and will complement our coaching
Suter graduated from MacMurray College in 2000 with
a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Suter completed his
soccer career at MacMurray, where he played for two seasons.
“I’ve been a fan of MacMurray soccer since I was a
child,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a
part of the program as a player, and excited for this new
endeavor as a coach. I look forward to working with
Coach Taylor, his staff and the student-athletes.”
Posted July 23, 2013
The MacMurray College men’s soccer team improved in several areas as they continue to grow and gain experience. The Highlander roster contained no seniors and only two juniors this year, but a strong group of sophomores and freshmen. Overcoming inexperience was the theme of 2012, and the team did exactly that.
The Highlanders finished the season with a 5-12-1, which included 5 games (4 conference games) that were lost by one goal only.
“Our team demonstrated great resiliency this year as we were learning about ourselves and each other. Although this year was frustrating in some ways, it was very constructive in many ways. We watched an almost entirely new backline emerge into a stiff and cohesive defense. Towards the end of the year, we witnessed how effective sophomores Mason Rowe and Connor Winking can be in the middle of the pitch. Last, we know we still have work to do, but we are very close to becoming a top four conference team. We demonstrated this by the close games we were in this year, and with no seniors on the 2012 team, we are only going to move forward and become stronger next year,” said head coach Shane Taylor.
Earning SLIAC honors were freshman goalkeeper Zachary Richter and Bradley Wise. Richter earned the Honorable Mention All-Conference Award and Wise earned the All-Sportsmanship Team Award.
“We are in a good position going into next year. We learned how to handle adversity and grew together as a team,” added Taylor. If we dedicate ourselves to working every day to improve as individuals and as a team, we will be right in the conference hunt in 2013.”
The Highlander men’s soccer team begins their 2013 campaign at Northland College on August 30, 2013.
Posted January 26, 2013
Freshman Kevin Castro turning his man around!
Posted November 27, 2012
Below is a link to ESPN that shows our 2012 men's soccer recruiting class. Welcome to the Mac Soccer Family!
Posted August 16, 2012
Sophomore Cody Cook
Posted June 06, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL The MacMurray College men?s and women?s soccer teams have been helping coach soccer players this spring in both the Jacksonville Soccer Association (JSA) and Winchester Soccer Academy (WSA). The MacMurray student-athletes help coach practices on teams of children 9 years old and younger.
"When we bring student-athletes to MacMurray, we talk about becoming part of the Mac family,? said Shane Taylor, MacMurray?s head soccer coach. ?Part of being in that family includes giving back to the community and enriching the lives of others. Our student athletes have done a tremendous job of working with these young soccer players.?
Participating in these leagues helps student athletes to become more involved in the surrounding community. The main focus of this opportunity is coaching the kids in practice and teaching them the fundamentals of soccer. The MacMurray athletes also help with officiating the Winchester games on weekends.
MacMurray has volunteered with WSA for two years and JSA for one year, with a combined total of 15 players that volunteered this season.
?Without the continued help from Shane Taylor and the players from MacMurray, there is no way that the Winchester Youth Soccer League would be as successful as it is,? said Phillip Brown, league administrator. ?The help we get from the Mac program is extremely helpful.?
Posted May 22, 2012
Accepted Student Day, April 21
MacMurray will be holding Accepted Student Day Saturday, April 21 to give new students the chance to attend mock classes, learn about life campus, and get to know the Mac community. To take part, register online or call our Admissions Office at 800-252-7485.
Posted April 03, 2012
MacMurray students turned out in their blue and red Saturday for Super Fan Day, a strong show of support for the Highlander basketball teams. The raucous Wall Gymnasium was a dress rehearsal for tonight, when the men’s and women’s teams play Eureka College.
At stake for the men is a berth in the conference tournament. If the Highlanders win tonight against Eureka, they travel to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference championship tournament, which opens Thursday. Keep an eye on your mailbox and the MacMurray athletics web page for details.
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