Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New UIS soccer coach starts rebuilding job early

A soccer version of Midnight Madness will kick off the season for the University of Illinois Springfield men’s squad in six weeks.

UIS will call it a late night on Aug. 15, the first day of practice.

“We’re going at 12:01 a.m.,” UIS first-year coach Jesse Miech said. “It’s the first time we can train. The guys are getting out there, so we can get our first two practices right out of the starting block and have two training sessions done before most teams have even stepped on the field.”

UIS plays its first match Aug. 19 against NCAA Division I Evansville.

The Stars have struggled to win in recent seasons. The 29-year-old Miech is hoping to point the program in the right direction by blending 17 new players with 11 returning players from last season’s 1-14-1 squad.

Miech was featured in an July 6, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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