Mario Sanchez has resigned from his position as head coach of the men’s soccer team, according to a statement released by SIUE Athletics Friday morning.
Sanchez decided to leave the post in order to take on a position as Director of Youth Development and Community Relations for Louisville City FC of the United Soccer League. Sanchez previously lived in Louisville when he served as an assistant coach for University of Louisville’s men’s soccer program.
Under four years of Sanchez’ leadership, the Cougars played to a record of 38-24-14. During Sanchez’ last season with the team in the Mid-American Conference, the team saw a strong performance overall with a 9-5-4 record, but fell to fifth place out of six teams in conference matches. Notably, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA College Cup in 2016.
In his new role, Sanchez will be responsible for community outreach for Louisville City FC’s youth program. He will also continue coaching as he works with Louisville City FC's USL Championship team.
The search for a new head coach will begin immediately, according to Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt.