2014-2015 Sporting Lee’s Summit SC College Network
President – Ron Cox
Ron is a former Missouri Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year and 2014 NAIA Outstanding Character Recipient. He’s coached youth soccer for nearly 20 years in the Kansas City area. His former players are playing collegiately, professionally, and for the US Men’s National Team. Ron holds multiple national soccer coaches licenses and national diplomas on special topics, including health and wellness of players. A graduate of the Stephan Covey Institute, he holds both a bachelor’s degree of science and a master’s degrees and does motivational and character public speaking engagements. Ron has worked for nearly 20 years with local soccer enthusiasts to develop one of the best and largest youth soccer programs in the entire country. Ron founded one of the largest youth soccer camps in Missouri. In 2015 the camp exceeded more than 4,000 participants. He is a published author. His books have been sold on Amazon and through other distributors.
Technical Director – Zoran Savic
Now in his seventh season as an Assistant coach for Sporting Kansas City, Savic first joined the club’s technical staff in 2009 and has since led the club to four consecutive postseason appearances. In addition to training many of Major League Soccer’s top performing players, Savic helped guide the team to a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title in 2012 and MLS Cup championship in 2013.
A native of Yugoslavia, Savic’s career in American soccer has spanned 40 years at all levels of the game in the United States as both a player and a coach. His professional career began with the Buffalo Stallions of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1980 before starring for the Kansas City Comets, with whom he scored 70 goals in a little more than 100 appearances from 1982-84.
He led the American Indoor Soccer Association (AISA) in scoring for the 1985-86 season with 46 goals and 35 assists, and won an AISA championship with the Louisville Thunder a season later. Savic was named to the AII-AISA team both seasons and was also among the original members of the United States Five-A-Side Team (now Futsal), including caps at the first two FIFA Indoor Soccer Tournaments held in 1986 (Hungary) and 1987 (Spain).
In addition to excelling at the indoor game, Savic also played professionally outdoors in the American Soccer League and the American Professional Soccer League until retiring in 1991 to begin his coaching career in Kansas City. He led the Kansas City Attack from 1992 until 1996, highlighted by claiming the 1992-93 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) championship in his first year and twice winning NPSL Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to the 2007 Major League Soccer season, Savic was hired by Chivas USA to serve as an Assistant Coach. Chivas USA went on to finish first in the Western Conference, the team’s best season in their 10-year MLS tenure.
Savic returned to Kansas City where he raises two children with his wife Scotty. He currently holds an ‘A’ coaching license through the United States Soccer Federation, as well as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Premier Diploma.
University of Wisconsin – John Trask
During his career, John Trask worked with US soccer serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team at the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup. Alongside head coach Mike Matkovich, Trask served as an assistant coach at U18 National Team Development Camps in Carson, Calif., in April 2010 and November 2010. As an assistant coach, Trask worked with Mix Diskerud, Terrence Boyd, and Juan Agudelo, among others, in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Beyond the college game, Trask served as the men’s senior coach for the Indiana State Soccer Association from 1992 until 1995 and then spent five years as the group’s Director of Coaching.
Trask’s time in professional soccer came after nine years on the coaching staff at his Alma Mater, Indiana University. In that time, the Hoosiers won 18 Big Ten titles, advanced to the NCAA College Cup five times, and won back-to-back national titles in 1998 and 1999.
In his seven seasons as an assistant, Trask help guide the Hoosiers to a combined 136-20-6 record. That includes a mark of 67–6–0 over his final three seasons.
Trask help Indiana University players rake in five Big Ten Player of the Year awards, 18 All-America honors, 27 First-Team All-Region accolades and 64 All-Big Ten citations.
Trask became the University of Wisconsin head coach in 2010. Trask is known for player development. Trask led Wisconsin to a 10-win season and a semi-final finish at the Big Ten Tournament in 2011. The 10-win season marks the most wins for the Badgers since 2003 when they finished 11–10–1. One of the highlights of the 2011 campaign came on October 2 when Wisconsin handed the No. 6 Indiana Hoosiers their first loss of the season, marking the first Wisconsin victory over the Hoosiers in 16 years.
University of Tulsa – Tom McIntosh
Since his first season as head coach, Tom McIntosh has built Tulsa into a conference powerhouse through four seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (1996-1999), six seasons in the Missouri Valley Conference (1995, 2000-2004), nine seasons in Conference USA (2005-2013), and now one season in the American Athletic Conference (2014-present). He has led TU to 8 conference championships, including five tournament and three regular season titles. MaIntosh has also put the Golden Hurricane into the national spotlight as Tulsa has advanced to the NCAA tournament in eight of the last 12 seasons, including national quarterfinal appearances in 2004 and 2009. The Golden Hurricane went undefeated in 21 straight regular-season games from October 2006 to October 2009, and went undefeated and 22 regular-season road contests (not including neutral site games) from October 2006 to October 2010.
Under MaIntosh, the Golden Hurrican has 13 seasons with 10+ wins, including a school best 16 victories 2008, while 16 of his players (Kyle Brown, Chris Clements, Cristian Mata, Ashley McInnis, Austin Neil, and Ryan Pore) have achieved All-American status. Tulsa student athletes have also excelled in the classroom as 139 players have received conference academic honors, 32 have earned academic all district accolades, and nine have received academic All-American recognition.
Over the past 12 years, 14 players have been drafted or gone on to play professionally including Terry Boss (2004), Ryan Pore (2004), Kyle Brown (2005), Lawson Vaughn (2005), Daniel Watson (2005), Dominic Cervi (2008), Chris Clements (2009), Tyrel Lacey (2009), Joe Salem (2010), Hunter Christiansen (2011), Chris Taylor (2011), Justin Chavez (2012), and Akeil Barret (2014).
University of Creighton – Johnny Torres
Two-time National Player of the Year and University of Creighton Athletics Hall of Famer Johnny Torres is back for his ninth season on the Bluejay bench following a decade-long professional soccer career. Arguably the greatest soccer player in Creighton and Missouri Valley Conference history, Torres played for the Bluejays from 1994-97.
Torres claimed the National Assistant Coach of the Year honor from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in January 2012. He also was named the NSCAA Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second straight after the 2011 season. He played an integral role in Creighton’s run to back-to-back college cups as a member of Head Coach Elmer Bolowich’s staff.
A member of the 2014 Big East Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, Torres helped lead the Bluejays to the nations best winning percentage at 16-3-3 (.795). Creighton won its first Big East regular-season title with a 7-1-1 mark in just a second year in the conference. The Bluejays advanced to the third NCAA quarterfinals appearance in the last four seasons. Three CU players earned spots on the NSCAA All-American squads and four earned unanimous all-Big East selections and two major awards.
Missouri State University – Michael Seabolt
Michael Seabolt begins his ninth season at Missouri State in 2015. He is involved with all facets of the men’s soccer program on and off the field, and oversees the Bears’ recruiting. Prior to the 2009 campaign, Seabolt was promoted from assistant to associate head coach. He has helped lead MSU from a 6-in team in 2007 to a 12-win team in 2009. The 12-win season in 2009 marked the first time in 10 years that the Bears captured the regular season Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title and an NCAA tournament bid. Seabolt and the Missouri State coaches have been named MVC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009 and 2013.
The first time in program history, Seabolt helped coach Missouri State men’s soccer to MVC crowns in consecutive seasons. After an undefeated conference run (4-0-1), including tying the own Valley record with just one goal conceded, the Bears won the conference title in dramatic fashion with a game-winning overtime goal in the final game of the regular season.
The Bears broke several school records in 2013, including leading the nation in goals against average (8 goals allowed in 18 games) for the first time in program history. The Bears allowed just one goal in conference play and recorded 10 shutouts (including seven consecutive) on the season. Seabolt was recognized for the second time on the Missouri Valley Conference Coaching Staff of the Year after winning the MVC regular season title.
In 2011, he helped lead the Bears to their second regular season title in three years as they clinched the top seed for the MVC Tournament and a share of the crown with NCAA semifinalist Creighton. MSU also collected its first win over a Top 5 opponent with a 1-0 shutout of No. 4 Creighton at Plaster Field on October 12, 2011.
During his 14-year NCAA coaching career, he has collected three conference championships and one national title, while coaching three different NCAA programs from losing records into the NCAA Tournament in less than four years. Seabolt has been the coach or recruiter for 61 all-conference team members, 27 all-region team members, five All-Americans, 26 academic all-conference selections, 10 academic all-region honorees, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, five conference Players of the Year, and one National Player of the Year. In addition, he has recruited and/or coached 12 Major League Soccer (MLS) players, 10 lower division professional soccer players in the U.S., nine overseas professional soccer players, six youth national team members, three full national team members, and one player who starts for the U.S. Men’s National Team and plays in the English Premier League.
Seabolt came to Missouri State after a 3-year stint as the head men’s soccer coach at West Virginia University. He led the Mountaineers to 13 wins in 2005 to tie a school record. The team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992 and won a tournament game for the first time since 1981. He guided the Mountaineers from five wins in 2003 to 12 the following season and the schools first-ever Big East Conference Tournament victory. During his time as head coach from 2003-2006, Seabolt recruited and developed the school’s first seven players to play in the MLS and another three that went on to play professionally in England. Prior to becoming head coach, he was the top assistant coach at WVU for a season.
Hastings University – Chris Kranjc
Chris Kranjc has developed and enriched a winning tradition at Hastings College that has seen the Broncos become one of the top soccer college programs in the country, culminating with the schools first team National Championship in the men’s team sport in 2010.
Kranjc, who owns a career mark of 283-63-18 (.800) since becoming the third head coach at Hastings College in 1999, has incorporated a brand of play that is aggressive and attack-oriented, yet effective on both sides of the ball. While defensive efficiency has been the hallmark of Kranjc’s teams at Hasting, the Broncos were one fo the highest scoring teams in the country in 2010 (4.13 goals / game). Hastings also shattered a 35-year record for the most goals scored in the National Tournament, previously held by Quincy (Ill.). The Broncos were also awarded the NAIA Team Sportsmanship award at the 2010 and 2011 National Tournament. It has been this balanced and dominant style of soccer that has elevated the program to its strong status.
In all, Kranjc has guided Hastings to 15 consecutive GPAC regular season championships and NAIA Tournament Championships. Hastings advanced to the NAIA Final Four in 2003, 2005, 2010, and 2011; NAIA quarterfinals in 2008 and 2013; the Round of 16 in 2001, 2006, 2009, and 2012; and to the national title game in 2010 and 2011. The Broncos have finished ranked in the NAIA Final Poll 12 times during Kranjc’s leadership.
Kranjc was named the NSCAA/NAIA National Coach of the Year in 2010 and has won the GPAC Coach of the Year award 13 times. He was also selected as the College Coach of the Year by the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald in 2010.
St. Louis University – Mike McGinty
The reigning two-time Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, McGinty led the 2013 Billikens to their 10th regular season championship. In four years with the Billikens, McGinty has a 45-27-6 record.
McGinty led the 2012 Billikens to an Atlantic 10 Conference title and the No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. SLU won 16 games in 2012, the most since 2001. For his effort, McGinty was named Coach of the Year and claimed National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Academics are a key area for the men’s soccer program. McGinty initiated a program where Billiken teammates, as academic captains, challenge each other academically and hold each other accountable. As a result, two Billikens (Adnan Gabeljic and Nick Maglasang) were named to the Academic All-District team in 2012. Gabeljic repeated that feat in 2013. Additionally, the Billikens are well above the NCAA average in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Another one of McGinty’s goals is to create a quality soccer atmosphere at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. McGinty helped spearhead a promotion by America SCORES St. Louis, which set a Guinness World Record for number of soccer dribblers prior to a soccer match. In addition, in 2011, he worked with the department of athletics to honor local heroes, which also drew a big crowd to Hermann Stadium.
McGinty came to SLU after 11 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, including the final two as associate head coach. During his tenure at UVA, he helped the Cavaliers to the 2009 NCAA Championship and four Atlantic Coast Conference crowns.
McGinty began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Wake Forest University in 1995. He also has experience as a goalkeeper staff coach with U.S. Soccer. He served as an assistant with the U17 National Team in 2001 and worked with the U18 National Team in 2002.
McGinty graduated cum laude from Wake Forest in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He and his wife, Jasmin, have three children.
University of Indianapolis – John Higgins
The 2013 GLVC Coach of the Year, John Higgins enters his sixth season as the UIndy head man in 2015, with an overall record of 56-29-10 as the Greyhound head coach.
in 2014, the Greyhounds claimed the program’s first GLVC Championship, defeating Quincy 3-1 on its home field in the league’s title match. UIndy amassed a record of 12-5-3 on the season, with three all-region selections and four all-GLVS honors.
Higgins, just the second UIndy head men’s soccer coach to be named GLVC Coach of the Year, guided his 2013 UIndy team to a program first NCAA Tournament berth after posting a 15-3-3 record on the season, the most wins in program history. He also mentored the programs’ first All-American and NSCAA First Team and GLVC Player of the Year Ngwese Ebangwese. The 2013 team also broke program records in GLVC wins with 12, and longest win streak (10 matches).
Just the second GLVC men’s soccer coach ever to be named all-GLVC as a student-athlete and the leagues Coach of the Year, Higgins led the program to a second GLVC Tournament Championship final in his career in 2013. The Greyhounds earned the first GLVA regular season championship as well during the 2013 campaign, taking a co-championship with Quince after a 12-1-2 GLVC slate.
The 2012 Greyhounds closed our the year just outside of the conference tournament, posting a record of 7-8-3. Higgins mentored the 2012 GLVC Freshman of the Year Reid Strain during the season, as well as all-GLVC Third Team selection Bobby Adkins and First Team Academic All-American Ryan Barnett.
in 2011, UIndy posted a record of 12-5-1, falling in a shootout in the GLVC Tournament first round. The Greyhounds posted a program best nine game winning streak during the season, which included picking up wins over No. 4 Northern Kentucky and No. 24 Quincy.
The Greyhounds finished the 2010 season with a 10-8 record. The 10-win season was just the seventh in UIndy’s 30-year soccer history. Higgins’s squad posted a Great Lakes Valley Conference record of 8-6, the best in UIndy history.
Higgins also coached the Greyhounds to a first ever trip to the GLVC Championship. UIndy became the first No. 8 seed to win a match in the tournament, much less make it to the championship. A native of Dunfermline, UK, Higgins finished his playing career at UIndy in 2007, and was a two year assistant coach with the Greyhounds. As a senior, Higgins tallied five goals and two assists for UIndy earning second team all-GLVC and second team NSCAA all-region recognition.
Higgins earned a spot on the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team and earned Academic all GLVC honors all four years. In all, Higgins tallied 17 goals and 13 assists as a Greyhound.
Higgins also earned an all-GLVC honorable mention and was on the NSCAA All-Region second team as a junior. He was named a 2006 Scholar Athlete Honor Roll member for the North Central Region by the NSCAA.