Saluki soccer coach placed on administrative leave | Salukimania

Saluki soccer coach placed on administrative leave | Salukimania

SIU, made almost entirely of freshmen, won its first-ever match, an exhibition against Tennessee Tech, 2-1, and won its official opener 2-0 Aug. 23, 2019, over Division II Illinois-Springfield. Freshman forward Madison Bennion went into the history books with the Salukis’ first soccer goal in the 10th minute. Kathryn Creedon had the assist, and SIU went on to finish 5-10-2 with two Division I wins.

The Salukis beat Belmont 1-0 and Morehead State 2-1 in overtime. The program wasn’t able to build on it in its next two seasons.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, SIU went 0-6-3 overall and 0-5-3 in its first MVC season. The Salukis scored one goal all season, in the finale at Missouri State (4-1 loss). This season, SIU is 0-6-1 heading into Friday night’s match against Missouri State (3-2-3).

Prior to Evansville, Williams coached three years at Eastern Illinois and four at his alma mater, Western Kentucky. The Panthers had 10 all-conference players and a pair of academic All-Americans during his tenure. The Hilltoppers were 40-13-7 during Williams’ tenure, with 13 all-conference players, one Player of the Year Award winner and one academic All-American. WKU won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in 2007. 

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from WKU in 2004 and a master’s degree in public administration at Evansville in 2016.

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