HEAD MEN’S SOCCER COACH – NEIL JONES
Coach Jones on Camps: “The Loyola Soccer Camps are a vital part of our recruiting process. Our camp programs allow each player to come and experience Loyola University Chicago, and get a feel for the Men’s Soccer program in it’s entirety. We put the players through sessions that mimic the level of college soccer, and give them the opportunity to experience a high intensity soccer environment in which we hope they thrive. For myself and our staff, it also gives us an opportunity to explore each players’ personality and character, which are often as important as a players soccer ability. A number of our current players have been through the Loyola Camp program, and we want to continue to find future Ramblers through these camps.”
Neil Jones, who spent three seasons as the associate head coach at Northwestern University, enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer program in 2019. Jones was named to his current position on December 20, 2012. In addition to helping the Wildcats to back-to-back Big Ten Conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances during his stay in Evanston, Ill., the Auckland, New Zealand native helped UC Santa Barbara to the 2006 national championship as an assistant coach for the Gauchos.
A 2004 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Jones also owns a master’s degree from UCSB. He holds an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
ASSISTANT MEN’S SOCCER COACH – Graham brennan
The 2021 season will mark the second year for Graham Brennan on the Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer coaching staff. Brennan, a 2001 graduate of Loyola, will serve as an assistant coach.
Brennan most recently served as the Roosevelt men’s soccer head coach from 2012-2019. While at Roosevelt, Brennan posted an 84-60-11 (.577) overall record. In 2015, Brennan, led the Lakers to their best season in program history, finishing 16-4-2 overall with a sparkling 11-0-1 record in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play (CCAC) as Roosevelt captured its first conference regular season championship in program history.
The Lakers went on to win the CCAC Tournament title in the fall to clinch their first-ever trip to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship.
Additionally, Brennan was named the 2015 CCAC Coach of the Year and the Lakers reached as high as No. 19 in the country in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Brennan also spent four seasons as the assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Robert Morris University. Brennan helped build the program, which started in 2007. Robert Morris qualified for the postseason conference tournament twice under Brennan.
ASSISTANT MEN’S SOCCER COACH – Calum mallace
Calum Mallace enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer program in 2021. Mallace, who wrapped up a distinguished eight-year professional career in 2019, arrives in Rogers Park after serving in a similar role at Northwestern University.
Mallace began his stint with the Wildcats in January 2020, assuming the role of Director of Player Development before being promoted to assistant coach just six months later. During his time in Evanston, Ill., he oversaw in the development of a pair of All-Big Ten Conference honorees in Ugo Achara, Jr. and Rom Brown.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Mallace, a native of Torphichen, Scotland, enjoyed an impressive professional career that included stops with Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Montreal Impact (2012-17), Seattle Sounders (2017), and Los Angeles FC (2018), making 85 appearances during his MLS career. The 20th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by the Impact, Mallace also spent the 2019 season with Austin Bold FC of the USL Championship.
A two-time All-BIG EAST Conference selection during his time at Marquette University, Mallace racked up 13 goals and 13 assists across 69 career appearances for the Golden Eagles. As a senior, he was tabbed a Second Team All-American by College Soccer News in addition to being named the BIG EAST’s Midfielder of the Year.
ASSISTANT MEN’S SOCCER COACH – wesley woodley
Wesley Woodley is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Loyola University Chicago men’s soccer team. Woodley, a native of Glendale Heights, Ill., works with the team’s goalkeepers.
Prior to his arrival in Rogers Park, Woodley, who also serves as a coach with Chicago Fire Juniors City, spent one season as an assistant coach at Trinity Christian College in suburban Palos Heights, Ill., overseeing in goalkeeper development and training. During his time with the Trolls, Woodley analyzed game film, took part in the recruiting process, and planned daily practices. He also coordinated travel and assisted in the organization of game day operations.
Woodley enjoyed a terrific two-year stint as a graduate assistant at North Park University, his alma mater, from 2017-2019. While with the Vikings, he was part of a coaching staff that amassed an impressive 36-5-2 overall record. That mark was highlighted by a 20-2-2 effort during the 2017 season that saw North Park advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship game, with the Vikings staff earning NCAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Over his two years on staff, Woodley’s goalkeepers sported a sparkling 0.73 goals against average.
Prior to spending time with the Big Cat Goalkeeping Academy and the Olympic Development Program, Woodley was a standout goalkeeper during his playing days at North Park, where he arrived following two years at St. Francis College (NY), earning a pair All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) nods.
HEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH – BARRY BIMBI
Barry Bimbi will enter his eighth year as the women’s soccer head coach at Loyola University Chicago in 2018, and has the Ramblers poised to become a contending team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Bimbi oversaw one of the nation’s top offenses in 2017 as the Ramblers closed the season with a 13-7-0 record and finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference, going 4-2-0 in league play. Led by United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-Midwest Region honoree Jenna Szczesny, who was also one of five Ramblers to earn All-MVC accolades, the Maroon & Gold finished second nationally in goals scored, finding the back of the net an astonishing 61 times as they easily shattered the previous school record in the category. Bimbi’s team picked up a pair of impressive road wins over power five conference opponents in Iowa and Kentucky, before downing Valparaiso by a final count of 2-1 to earn a fourth consecutive trip to the semifinals of the MVC Women’s Soccer Championship. Loyola also continued its run of impressive work away from the field, earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for an eighth-straight season.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Bimbi spent four seasons (2007-2010) as an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and was in charge of player development. In each of his last seasons there, the Panthers developed an All-Big East Rookie Team player, marking the only two occasions in program history that accomplishment has occurred.
Bimbi has also coached several Olympic Development teams and earned his USSF “A” license in 2005.
A 1994 graduate of Saint Francis (Pa.), Bimbi earned four All-Northeast Conference honors as a player, including first team recognition as a junior. He led the conference in scoring as a freshman and was a three-time team captain. In February, 2011 Bimbi was inducted into the Saint Francis (Pa.) Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bimbi and his wife, Melissa, are the proud parents of a son, Amedeo, and daughter, Lena.
AsSISTANT Women’s SOCCER COACH – Chris Brown
The 2021 season will mark Chris Brown’s second year as an assistant coach with the Loyola University Chicago women’s soccer program. Brown, who previously served as a volunteer assistant with the Ramblers in 2018, returned to Rogers Park after spending the 2019 campaign at Milwaukee as an assistant coach.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring Chris back to Loyola,” Loyola head women’s soccer coach Barry Bimbi said. “He has a familiarity and connection with most of our current players from his time here. Chris is an incredibly motivated recruiter that will identify and attract top student-athletes to Loyola to help us continue to build on our recent successes. As a coach, Chris has a keen eye to make tactical adjustments during a game, and design training sessions to challenge players in a competitive environment.”
In his first season back with the Maroon & Gold, Brown helped guide Loyola through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic, as the Ramblers finished 8-2-1 overall (6-1-1- MVC) en route to a third consecutive sweep of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Six Ramblers earned All-MVC honors, led by MVC Player of the Year Megan Nemec, MVC Defensive Player of the Year Abby Swanson, and a MVC Freshman of the Year Alaina Abel. Swanson, who netted the first NCAA Tournament goal in Rambler annals in Loyola’s clash with Denver, went on to become the first player in program history to be tabbed a United Soccer Coaches All-American, taking home Second Team accolades.
During his one season at Milwaukee, Brown helped guide the Panthers to a 17-2-1 overall record. Milwaukee finished 8-0-1 in Horizon League play en route to collecting its fifth straight regular season title. The Panthers blanked UIC, 2-0, in the final of the Horizon League Women’s Soccer Championship to book their second straight NCAA Tournament berth, where they fell to No. 10 Wisconsin by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Brown was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2018, a season that saw Loyola finish 11-7-1 (6-1-0 MVC) en route to winning its first MVC regular season and tournament titles in program history. He aided in the development of six All-Valley selections, a group highlighted by MVC Player of the Year Jenna Szczesny, Co-Defensive Player of the Year Madison Laudeman, and Freshman of the Year Abby Swanson. While at Loyola, Brown also was the Girls Director of Coaching for Team Chicago Soccer Club.
“I want to thank Coach Bimbi for the opportunity to come back to Loyola and be part of this special place,” Brown commented. “After being here in 2018 and working with the staff and this great group of young women, I knew that Loyola was a destination spot for my family and I. I can’t wait to get to work in Rogers Park with the team.”
Prior to his time with Team Chicago SC, Brown served for two seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill. He led the Cougars to a 10-win campaign in 2016 and oversaw in the development of nine All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference selections.
Brown has also served as an assistant at Dominican University (2011), Oregon State (2010) and Northern Illinois (2007, 2008-09).
Brown began his playing career at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz. before transferring to Northern Illinois in 2004. He helped lead the Huskies to a 12-6-0 overall mark and second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) during his first season in DeKalb, Ill., their top league finish since 1990. In 2005, Northern Illinois used a seven-match unbeaten run to finish 11-6-2.
Brown earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois in 2007 before receiving his Master’s in Sports Management in 2011. He holds a National “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation as well as Regional and State Goalkeeping Diplomas from the United Soccer Coaches.
Brown and his wife, Caitlin, are proud parents of two sons, Brody and Beckett, and a daughter, Blakely.
ASSISTANT WOmen’S SOCCER COACH – ANGELA STaveskie
Angela Staveskie is set to begin her first season with the Loyola University Chicago women’s soccer program in 2021. Staveskie, who spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach at Northwestern prior to her arrival in Rogers Park, will serve as an assistant coach and work with the team’s goalkeepers.
“We are very excited about Angela joining our coaching staff,” Loyola head women’s soccer coach Barry Bimbi said. “Her personality, passion, and excitement to be a Rambler is what separated her from other candidates. We look forward to seeing her work with our goalkeepers, connect with our current players and alumni, and being a great ambassador of Loyola women’s soccer in the community.”
During her first season with the Wildcats, Staveskie oversaw in the development of Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree Mackenzie Wood, who racked up a league-high eight shutouts and closed the year with a sparkling 0.63 goals against average for a Northwestern team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to her time in Evanston, Ill., Staveskie served as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois, helping guide the team to a pair of appearances in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament. Before assuming a full-time role at Northern Illinois, Staveskie spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the Huskies. During that time, goalkeeper Amy Annala was tabbed a MAC All-Freshman Team selection.
Staveskie, who has also coached on the club level with Chicago FC United and Chicago City SC, played collegiately at Toledo, earning the captain’s armband during her time with the Rockets. She was on a pair of teams that captured MAC Tournament crowns en route to appearing in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of suburban Park Ridge, Ill., Staveskie earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from Toledo in 2011 before receiving a master’s degree in sport management from Northern Illinois in 2015. She holds a National “C” License from the United States Soccer Federation. Staveskie and her husband, Mike, have two sons, Rocco and Victor.
“The opportunity to be an assistant coach for the Loyola women’s soccer team is a dream come true,” Staveskie commented. “This is a special program and Loyola is a special place. I’d like to thank Coach Bimbi and (Assistant) Coach (Chris) Brown for their faith in me and for the opportunity to work with this stellar group of strong young women. I am excited and grateful to represent the Maroon & Gold. Go Ramblers!”