IUPUI Men’s Soccer: Tearing Up the Pitch in Indianapolis

The IUPUI Men’s Soccer team is entering its 14th season with head coach Steve Franklin. As the program’s all-time winningest coach, Franklin’s 106 career victories account for more than 60% of the Jaguars’ total wins in 21 years.  Franklin is a 1981 graduate of Northland College, and has only coached for Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI)‘s team.  His career record stands at 106-126-14 with a Summit League record of 23-28-4.  In 2000, Franklin had the honor of making an NCAA appearance.

A video of two IUPUI men’s soccer team players discussing the Indianapolis team

Franklin is assisted by Mo Cato and goalkeeper coach Matt Reiswerg.  Cato, a 1986 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, is entering his 4th year as assistant coach to the Jags.  Reiswerg, a 2004 Indiana University graduate, chalked up his 3rd season in 2008.

This Indianapolis sports team’s 2007 record ended at 8-11-1, with 6-1-0 at home in Kuntz Stadium.  They finished 2nd in the Summit League Tourney with a 5-1-0 league record.  2008 brings 13 returning letterwinners and 15 newcomers, comprising a roster of 34 players for the season.

Returning forward Eric Weigman is a junior at IUPUI, with 5 goals and 3 assists in 2007.  Defense player Dan Hidari was the team’s first All-Summit player in 2007, and is entering his senior year in Indianapolis.  David Barszczowsi is also a top returner as goalkeeper in his senior year.

Other returning letterwinners include junior John Bradford, sophomores Weston Hawkins, Nate Ohmer, and Tyler Brumbaugh, and seniors Ryan Brumbaugh, Nick Lance, Ben Heidari, Cameron Willioms, Francisco Maia and Mike Rietveld.  Indy residents Nate Ohmer, Bo Sexson, Alan Hyslop and Tyler Keever have stayed close to home during their studies.  However, 9 players are from other states, and 3 hail from different countries.  Perez Agaba of Uganda, Javier Portillo of Guatemala, and Francisco Maia of Brazil add to the depth and diversity of talents within the IUPUI Men’s Soccer team.

For more information on the IUPUI Men’s Soccer team, please visit the team’s homepage.

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