Camp Coaching Staff
Mario Sanchez – Head Coach SIUE
Coach Sanchez came to SIUE after serving as the Associate Head Coach at Louisville.
In his first season at the helm, Sanchez led SIUE to its first Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title. The Cougars finished 5-1 in the MVC and 12-4-2 overall. The 12 wins were the most for a first-year head coach in program history, and the second-most wins for the program since returning to Division I in 2008.
Sanchez and his coaching staff were chosen as the MVC’s Coaching Staff of the Year following the season.
While serving as tournament hosts for the first time, SIUE made its second consecutive and fourth overall appearance in the MVC Tournament championship game in 2015, before falling to Drake 1-0.
Several individuals enjoyed standout campaigns under Sanchez’s tutelage.
At Louisville, Sanchez worked with Head Coach Ken Lolla. Prior to joining the staff at Louisville, Sanchez spent four seasons as the head coach at UNLV. Sanchez previously worked under Lolla for three seasons on the Akron staff.
The 1999 graduate of Fresno State began his coaching career at his alma mater as an assistant coach from 1999 to 2003 before the school eliminated its men’s soccer program.
With Sanchez on staff, Louisville made five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to at least the second round in each appearance. In 2010, the Cardinals made their only College Cup Final appearance during Sanchez’s first season on the bench, where the team, ironically, bowed out to Akron 1-0. The Louisville staff was recognized as the Co-Big East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year. Sanchez was tabbed as a top assistant by College Soccer News.
Louisville earned NCAA quarterfinal appearances in 2011 and 2012.
While the head coach at UNLV, Sanchez transformed the Rebels into one of the top programs in the west. He guided the 2009 team to its first winning record in nearly a decade and a semifinal appearance in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament.
During his time at Akron, the Zips won two Mid-American Conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles. Akron made three NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the third round in 2003.
In addition to team success, Sanchez has coached student-athletes to great individual success as well. At Louisville, Sanchez has coached several All-Americans, a pair of Big East Defenders of the Year and a Big East Rookie of the Year. In 2013, he coached the American Conference Defender of the Year. During his time there, Louisville had 12 Major League Soccer draft picks. At UNLV he coached the MPSF Rookie of the Year, who also was a Freshman All-American. In all, 21, players have gone on to play professional soccer after playing under Sanchez.
Outside of the college ranks, Sanchez is involved with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and has been since 2006. He served as the West Region Olympic Development Program (ODP) head coach from 2006 to 2009. He has been an assistant coach with the U17 National team on three different occasions, most recently at the Copa de Mexico tournament in August 2014. He also has served as a national scout for USSF since 2012.
As a player, Sanchez was a four-year starter and two-time captain at Fresno State. Playing from 1993 to 1997, Sanchez earned All-Far West Region honors in 1995 and 1997. He was the Bulldogs’ Team Most Valuable Player in each of those two seasons. Sanchez played for the national champion Central Coast Roadrunners in the United Soccer League from 1996-97 and was a third-round draft choice in the MLS by the Kansas City Wizards in 1998. Sanchez played for Orange County Zodiac (1999) and Stanislaus Cruisers (2001) in the USL Professional Division.
Sanchez earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Fresno State. He holds a USSF ‘A’ License. Sanchez is married to the former Shana Stickel. The couple has four children: sons Sebastian and Santiago, and daughters Ella and Emme.
Jeremy Proud – Assistant Coach SIUE
Jeremy Proud joined the SIUE men’s soccer coaching staff in March 2015.
Proud comes to SIUE after spending two seasons as a volunteer assistant with fellow Missouri Valley Conference member Loyola.
While at Loyola, Proud, a former standout goalkeeper, was responsible for guiding Ramblers’ goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski to back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year awards from the MVC. Loyola finished the 2015 season with a goals against average of 0.39, which was the lowest in the NCAA. The Ramblers’ staff also was named as the MVC Coaching Staff of the Year following the 2014 regular season.
Prior to his time at Loyola, Proud spent seven seasons at Louisville where he coached alongside Sanchez under Head Coach Ken Lolla. The Cardinals made six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances during Proud’s tenure. Louisville appeared in the College Cup in 2010 and the Elite 8 in 2011 and 2012. During his final two years with the Cardinals, the staff was honored as the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. Proud also spent a year on the staff at Akron, helping guide the Zips to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Proud played soccer at Fresno State, where Sanchez was a member of the coaching staff. He finished his career as the all-time saves leader for the program. He was an All-Pac-10 selection following his senior season in 2002.
The native of Auburn, Washington, earned a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State in 2003. He holds a USSF National A license.
– Director of Operations Billy Berger
Billy Berger begins his fourth year with SIUE men’s soccer program in 2016, and his second as the full-time Director of Operations. Berger previously spent two seasons on staff as a graduate assistant.
Berger is directly involved in all off-field activities for the program including practice planning, travel, and video operations.
Prior to coming to SIUE, Berger worked as the team manager for the Akron men’s soccer program from 2009-2012. He assisted the Zips’ coaching staff with training, equipment management, game day preparation and video analysis.
During Berger’s time with Akron, the Zips won the NCAA Championship in 2010 and finished as the NCAA Runner-Up in 2009.
He graduated from Akron in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He earned a master’s in Kinesiology from SIUE in 2016.
A native of Columbia Station, Ohio, Berger spent the 2012 season as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Columbia High School. He was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in Lorain County.
– Graduate Assistant Mark Weigand
Mark Weigand begins his second season on the SIUE men’s soccer staff, after joining the staff in August of 2015.
Weigand brought significant playing experience to his position on the Cougars’ staff.
Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Weigand played four years of college soccer at Denver. A three-year captain at center-midfield, Weigand earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation second team honors in 2010 and was an All-MPSF honorable mention selection in 2011. He was a three-time All-Academic selection. In 2012, Weigand was chosen as the John Byrden Award winner, honoring the athlete which most represents the qualities and characteristics of a student-athlete.
Prior to his time with the Pioneers, Weigand played with the Fort Wayne Fever Academy and also was part of the Indiana Olympic Development Program.
Weigand received a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from Denver in 2013. He currently is pursuing a master’s in kinesiology with a specialty in exercise physiology at SIUE.