Nov. 12, 2012
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago men's soccer coach Brendan Eitz will not have his appointment renewed, it was announced today by Loyola Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. M. Grace Calhoun.
"I want to thank Coach Eitz for his dedication and contributions to Loyola over the past eight seasons," Calhoun said. "After an extensive assessment, I felt a change was in the best interest of the program moving forward. As an alum of the program, Coach Eitz will always be part of the Loyola family and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."
In eight seasons as the men's soccer coach at Loyola, Eitz compiled a 61-71-22 (.468) overall record, including three straight years of double-digit wins (2006-08), marking only the second time in the history of the program the Ramblers have won 10-plus matches in three consecutive campaigns.
A 1995 graduate of Loyola, Eitz guided the Ramblers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and subsequently was at the helm for post-season berths in 2008 and 2011. Over the last four seasons, however, Loyola has gone just 21-43-10 (.351) and finished sixth or lower in the Horizon League standings three times.
"We will immediately begin a national search to find a new coach who will be a person of high character and experience with a proven track record of recruiting both in the Chicago area and at the regional and national levels," Calhoun said. "With budgetary infusions and facilities upgrades, Loyola has made a commitment to athletics and we feel strongly that our men's soccer program should be competing on the national stage."
A national search for a new coach will begin immediately.