2007
New men's soccer head coach named

New men's soccer head coach named
August 14, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University has named Rob Kettle as its new head coach for men’s soccer. Kettle replaces Brenton Joseph, who left the Eagles’ athletics program after 10 years to pursue a similar position at Augustana College. Kettle brings a long and diverse background with soccer to Benedictine’s program. For the past 16 years, Kettle has operated his own highly-successful soccer school in Sugar Land, Texas. In addition to day-to-day operations of his soccer school (including promotions, camp organization and corporate sponsorships), Kettle also developed the Eclipse Soccer Club into one of the top programs in its region. On the collegiate level, Kettle’s experience reaches across the various levels of competition. He served as the head coach at NCAA Division II California (Penn.) University from 1990-91, as the men’s head coach at NCAA Division III Curry (Mass.) College from 1988-89, and head women’s and assistant men’s coach at NCAA Division I Miami University of Ohio from 1986-88. Kettle holds a National “A” Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and an Advanced Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches of America. He also earned an Intermediate Coaching Badge from the English Football Association, as well as a National Youth License from the USSF. Kettle played professional soccer for the Wimbledon Football Club of the English Football League from 1983-86. He was also a member of the British Universities Team at the 1985 World Student Games. “We are very fortunate to have someone with Rob’s wealth of experience available to head up our men’s soccer program,” said Marco Masini, Benedictine University Associate Vice President for Student Life. “We believe that he is not only going to take our program to the next level, but add a dynamic personality to the men’s soccer atmosphere that will enhance the athletics experience by our student-athletes.” Kettle earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science in 1983 from Warwick University in Coventry, England (graduating with honors). Additionally, he earned a master’s degree in physical education at Miami University of Ohio in 1988.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.