Marquette University has announced the hire of Frank Pelaez as its fourth head women's soccer coach in program history.
Pelaez was part of a staff alongside head coach Barry Bimbi that earned the last two MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors and led the Ramblers to a program-record 12-match winning streak in 2019. In total, LUC went 52-37-10 during his time in Rogers Park and 21-10-2 in conference play. Loyola ranked second in the nation with 61 goals scored in 2017 and in 2018 lost to eventual NCAA champion Florida State, 1-0, in the NCAA First Round.
A native of Cartagena, Colombia, Pelaez joined the Ramblers after a successful stay at Marquette, which included 13 seasons as associate head coach. During his 19-year stint in Milwaukee (1996-2014) he helped guide the Golden Eagles to a 282-104-39 record, highlighted by nine regular season conference championships, five BIG EAST titles, two BIG EAST tournament championships and a pair of Conference USA Tournament titles. Marquette recorded 19 consecutive 10-win seasons with 11 seasons of 15-or-more wins and appeared in the NCAA tournament 12 times. He also directly assisted in the development of 113 all-conference, 63 all-region and 12 All-America selections.
Former NCAA Division I goalkeeper Erin Scott was officially named an assistant coach with the Marquette University women's soccer program on Feb. 18, 2020.
“I want to thank Frank Pelaez for believing in me and I cannot wait to assist him each day in pushing the women's soccer program towards success,” Scott said. “The Marquette community was overwhelmingly welcoming from the moment I stepped foot on campus, and I am thrilled about the opportunity to represent Marquette, a university built on such strong faith and tradition. The passion is so evident within the entire athletic community at Marquette and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to be a part of something so special. I look forward to using my knowledge and passion for soccer to give back and help players reach their fullest potential both on and off the field.”
Scott joined the Valparaiso University women's soccer program as a graduate assistant coach in the summer of 2019, following a four-year career as a Division I goalkeeper. She spent her final two years at Campbell, where she started all 38 games. A two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week, Scott posted a 1.02 GAA as a junior in 2017, the fourth-best single season mark in program history. She ranks second in Campbell career history in shutouts (nine), fifth in GAA (1.23) and seventh in saves (157).
Steve Bode, a former Marquette University High School standout and Marquette University men's soccer assistant coach, was officially announced as an assistant coach with the MU women's soccer program on Feb. 18, 2020.
Bode spent the 2019 season as a men’s assistant coach at Loyola Chicago, where he helped the Ramblers to an 11-5-4 record, a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship and a NCAA Championship appearance. LUC fell at Kentucky in overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament and Bode coached 2019 MVC Player of the Year and MLS draftee Aidan Megally.
"I'd like to thank Frank Pelaez for this opportunity,” Bode said. “My family and I could not be more excited to return to Marquette - a place we know and love very much.”
An MLS draftee in 2008, Bode recently worked as the head coach for the Chicago FC United of the United Soccer Leagues' (USL) League Two. In 2018, the team captured the central conference championship and advanced to the league semifinal under his tutelage. That team included recent MU men’s players Martin Alba, Luis Barraza, Luka Prpa and Alan Salmeron.
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