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
It’s difficult to see the significance of improvement in a season record of 3-16-0, but the steps forward taken by the 2012 MacMurray College women’s soccer team this season were, in fact, significant. In the past ten years, the women’s soccer program has had six seasons with one win or less and has only had one year better in terms of wins, and that was 2006 with four wins during that season. This 2012 season was all about improving, and the team did exactly that.
“Our women’s program improved in all areas this year. We were better in all three thirds, we were more athletic, and we had better depth off the bench,” said head coach Shane Taylor. “But what impressed me most about this team was overcoming adversity in the form of injuries. At times, it felt like we had more players injured and unavailable than we had healthy available players to fill their shoes. But our players overcame this, some played out of position to help cover, and everyone did their part when needed. This is an important quality for any team, and I am proud that our players showed this resiliency,” added Taylor.
Although our 2012 team was relatively young with the majority of players freshmen or sophomores, the two seniors we did have played significant roles on the field and off. “Alicia Mayfield and Lindsay Miller (captain) were impact players, leaders, and excellent teammates. We wish them the best and we will miss them,” said Coach Taylor.
Season highlights include:
In 2012 the program earned its largest margin of victory in the past 6 years with a 7-0 win at Stephens College.
An overtime 2-1 win at Robert Morris Springfield.
Alexis Apodaca-Fresquez earning SLIAC Honorable Mention All-Conference and Academic All-Conference Honors.
Amber Davis and Elizabeth Suhrbier earning SLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors.
Lindsay Miller earning the All-Sportsmanship Team Honor.
The women’s soccer team opens their 2013 season on the road against Northland College on August 30, 2013.
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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
Senior Captain Lindsay Miller coaching in the Jacksonville Soccer Association
Posted May 04, 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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