DE SMET JESUIT SOCCER

PROGRAM HISTORY

As members of [arguably] the most competitive conference in the nation, the Metro Catholic Conference, DeSmet Jesuit has a long history of highly entertaining soccer, top-ranked individual talent, and plenty of team success. Since 1968, there have only been two head coaches of the DeSmet Soccer program--Greg Vitello (1968-2014) and now Josh Klein ‘97 (2015+). Both coaches have been committed to shaping the DeSmet Soccer program in to a perennial state championship contender. Klein has led the Soccer Spartans to a 2nd place finish in the 2015 and 2018 Missouri Class 4 State Championship and Vitello a total of 5 Missouri Class 3 State Championships: 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, and 2011.

With great championship teams come championship-caliber players (and coaches). In DeSmet’s storied history it has produced over 200 collegiate-level players—70 of which have played in Division I programs like Indiana University, St. Louis University, Quincy University, Boston University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, the University of Louisville, and Missouri State University. In that group include All-American, National Team, and/or professional standouts Sam Bick (’72), Eric Delabar (’75), Bill McKeon (’79), Brian Donnelly (’87), Rob Lindell ('88), Matt McKeon (’92), Harry Weiss (’92), Chris Klein (’94), Pat Noonan (’99), Will Bruin (’08), and Louis Berra (’11), and Josh Lindell ('18). With players like these, DeSmet Soccer’s philosophy has become one where we create an environment where student athletes can learn the importance of integrity, character, determination, and commitment while forming long lasting relationships and developing the will to compete. Every day we come to practice to push each other through challenges in order to foster a competitive, winning mentality. A DeSmet Soccer player leaves as an academically and athletically talented young man, accepting the responsibility to become an effective, contributing member of his community.

CLICK FOR RETURNING PLAYER REGISTRATION

Spring Player Meeting: May 2019 (TBA)

Returning Player Camp: June 10-13 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Incoming Freshmen Camp: June 10-13 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Returning Player Fitness Camp: 7:45 AM-9:00 AM

Fitness Camp: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (July 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 29, 30, Aug. 1)

Tryouts: Varsity/JV August 12th 8:00 AM

Tryouts: B-team August 13th 4:00 PM

Tryouts: Freshmen August 14th & 15th 3:30 - 5:30 PM, August 17th 8:00 - 10:00 AM

(Subject to change)


Varsity Soccer Schedule

Start Date Start Time Subject Location
8/24/20199:00 AMJamboreeFt. Zumwalt South
9/4/2019 6:00 PM Parkway South Lou Fusz Soccer Club W 3-0
9/5/2019 6:00 PM Marquette Marquette W 2-0
9/11/2019 7:00 PM Hickman Hickman W 5-0
9/14/2019 1:00 PM Francis Howell Central De Smet Jesuit High School W 2-1
9/17/2019 5:00 PM Vianney CBC
9/19/2019 5:00 PM St. Louis U. High CBC
9/21/2019 7:00 PM CBC CBC
9/24/2019 6:15 PM Vianney Vianney
9/26/2019 6:15 PM Chaminade De Smet Jesuit High School
9/28/2019 12:00 PM Alton Alton
9/30/2019 6:00 PM Eureka Eureka
10/2/2019 4:15 PM Priory Priory
10/5/2019 12:00 PM Rockhurst Rockhurst
10/10/2019 6:00 PM MICDS De Smet Jesuit High School
10/16/2019 7:00 PM CBC CBC
10/19/2019 12:00 PM SLUH De Smet Jesuit High School
10/22/2019 6:00 PM St. Dominic St. Dominic
10/29/2019 6:30 PM Jackson Jackson
11/4/2019 District Week TBA
11/12/2019 Sectionals TBA
11/16/2019 Quarterfinals TBA
11/22/2019 Semi-Finals Soccer Park
11/23/2019 State Championship Soccer Park

Record: 4-0

COACHING STAFF

VARSITY


Josh Klein '97 - Head Coach

1997 graduate of DeSmet and 2001 graduate of Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Klein became the second head coach in Spartan history in May 2014 after taking over for the legendary Greg Vitello, who guided DeSmet for 46 seasons. The 2018 campaign is Klein's fifth as head coach, after serving as an assistant coach for 6 seasons at his alma mater. In five years, Klein has compiled an impressive 89-30-9 record.

Coach Klein lives in Dardenne Prairie, MO with wife Liz, daughter Shelby, and son Sullivan (“Sully”).

Contact Coach Klein at jklein@desmet.org

John Benoist '96 - Assistant Coach

Ben Yeager '15 - Assistant Coach

JUNIOR VARSITY

Pat Littleton '87 - Junior Varsity Coach

SOPHOMORE TEAM

John Reyes '94 - Head Coach

Steven Seithel '09 - Assistant Coach

FRESHMEN SOCCER

Rob Hutchison - Head Maroon Coach

John Roy '99- Head White Coach

Fall Sports Teams

Winter Sports Teams

Spring Sports Teams


Athletics Events*
*Schedules Subject to change

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