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2017-18 Men's Soccer Record
Overall CCAC Streak Home Away Neutral
11-3 (.786) 5-2 (.714) Won 2 6-0 5-3 0-0
2017-18 Men's Soccer Coaches
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Steve Burke
Head Coach- 34th Season

Coach Steve Burke looks to add some wins to his NAIA all-time record of 544 wins, which is the most ever by any coach in the NAIA.

The Eagles enter 2017 with high hopes and expectations as the team returns 11 starters from last year! The addition of several new recruits, along with two red-shirt players joining in and one ACL injury from 2016 will make for some great in-team competition for spots. Much talent is here and the Eagles are hoping to make a big run in the conference and on the national level. 2015 and 2016 were well below standards for Judson Soccer, so 2017 is the time to get back on top!

The 2014 season ended with a record of 13-4-2 and their 7th trip to the NAIA national tournament and the team’s 20th conference championship under Burke. The Eagles also have 6 NCCAA National Championships.

 

 

In 2013, the Eagles had a good year at 13-5-3 and advancing to the NCCAA national tournament in Florida.  The conference was tough, as always, and Judson finished third with a conference record of 7-3-1. 

 

Although the 2012 season did not end the way the Eagles had hoped at just a .500 season (8-8-3), the 2012 season still proved to be a special one for the veteran coach. Burke eclipsed the 500 victory mark becoming the first-ever NAIA men's head soccer coach to equalize the task. 

 

Burked continued his winning traditions in 2011 winning 15 games and playing for the CCAC tournament championship.  His team then won another NCCAA regional championship advancing to Judson's third straight NCCAA national tournament.  Burke's son, Corey, received numerous awards for the program as the program's first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American and NCCAA Game Plan 4 Life National Award winner.  He also become Judson's fourth player to win the NCCAA's Kyle Rote, Jr. award for men's soccer.  The program also had another first in 2011 as Mike Tobie received an invitation to participate in the MLS San Jose Sharks mini-camp while also being on the MLS Draft Board. 

 

The winning tradition continued in 2010 as Burked guided Judson to 19 wins which gave the program 604 wins and put him at 484 wins.  Judson was ranked in the NAIA National Poll for eight weeks and reached as high as 16th in the nation.  Judson also returned to the NCCAA National Tournament finishing in third place after winning their 17th NCCAA Regional Tournament over Trinity International, 3-0.  Goal keeper Alex Tyton finished the year leading the NCCAA in goals against average and was sixth in the NAIA

 

In 2009, Burke had a special season as he won his 20th conference championship, sixth overall NCCAA National Championship, and was the CCAC Coach of the Year.  It also marked only the second time a father-son combo has won a NCCAA National Championship as he coached his son Corey in the championship game.  Burke, and his father Doug, made the same memory 30 years earlier in 1979 as Houghton College won the NCCAA National Championship.  Judson won their sixth NCCAA National Championship with a 4-3 win over Indiana Wesleyan and then had two players earn NCCAA Most Outstanding Players in Gustavo Oliveira (offensive) and Alex Tyton (defensive).  Rafa Heck was also named to the All-Tournament team.

 

Setting a precedent for the NAIA in 2008, Burke became the all-time wins leader for the NAIA (446) as a coach and the program took over the top spot with the most program wins. He also guided Judson to their fifth straight CCAC tournament championship. With the tournament win over Illinois Tech, Judson went to their fifth straight NAIA national tournament. 

 

October 4, 2008, was the special day for Burke as he set the NAIA record for career wins against one of his former players, Patrick Gilliam. Judson took a 1-0 decision against Trinity International in Deerfield, Illinois. With 15 victories in 2008, Judson then became the all-time wins leader for the NAIA at 566, just two wins ahead of Westmont College (CA).

 

From 2004 to 2007, Judson hit a program high winning four straight CCAC regular season championships and NAIA Region VII championships. In those four years, he had three CCAC players of the Year (Doco Wesseh-2004, Jesus Saiz-2006, Steve Moldenhauer-2007), one NCCAA National Player of the Year (Steve Moldenhauer-2008), one undefeated regular season (2004 - 19-0), and won his 400th career game. The 2004 and 2005 seasons brought two perfect seasons in the CCAC which continued into a 22-match CCAC win streak that started in the 2003 season and came to an end in 2006.

 

Under Burke, Judson has become the most prolific team in the history of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) soccer tournament. Since taking the reins of Judson's men's soccer program in 1984, Burke has led the Eagles to six NCCAA National Championships (1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2009) and 13 NCCAA District/Regional Championships. Judson is the only team to win the NCCAA tournament six times. The Eagles have appeared in the NCCAA National Tournament 14 times in Burke's 26-year stint, including nine straight appearances from 1991-1999.

 

Not only have his players received honors, Burke has collected his share of accolades along the way. He has been named NCCAA National Coach of the Year four times, in 1987, 1992, 2003 and 2004 and the NCCAA District/Regional Coach of the Year honors nine times.  In the NAIA he has been the District Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1992, Area Coach of the Year in 1990 and has been tabbed Conference Coach of the Year six times.

 

Born in Plattsburgh, New York, to Douglas and Esther Burke, he picked up his passion for soccer from his father. Burke's father, former head soccer coach at Houghton College won three NCCAA National Championships in his tenure and is the 10th all-time in the NAIA for wins. They are also the only father-son combination to win NCCAA National Championships.

 

Before becoming a coach, Burke first distinguished himself as a player. He spent his first two years at Wheaton College where he was his team's Most Valuable Player as a freshman. He then transferred to Houghton College, graduating in 1980 with a degree in education. At Houghton, his team compiled a 34-4-1 record in those two years as he was named the team's Most Valuable Player both years and became the school's first athlete to be named to the NAIA All-American first team. His squad won the NCCAA National Championship in 1979 and Burke was the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He is now a member of Houghton's Hall of Honor.

 

Burke taught high school for two years before finishing his master's degree at The Ohio State University in 1984. He was an assistant coach for one season at Ohio State before coming to Judson University.

 

Burke and his wife Sharon reside in Elgin and have three children, Bryan, Corey, and Lindsey. Bryan is a 2010 graduate of Biola University and now lives and works in Austin, TX; Corey is a 2012 graduate of Judson and current 3rd year medical student at Loma Linda University (CA), and Lindsey is a senior at Biola University.

 
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Rafa Heck
Assistant Coach- 7th Season

Entering his fourth year as an assistant coach for both the Judson University men's and women's soccer program, Rafael Heck is a great addition to the staff having played for Judson for two years.  Heck has helped guide this program to continue to be one of the elite men's soccer teams in the nation.

 

With a rich history in soccer, Rafael Heck was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but he grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His relation with soccer started even before he was born. His dad, João Heck, is a former professional soccer player from Brazil. He played for "Bahia Esporte Clube" (1stDivision Team) for several years, and Rafa inherited that same level of talent.

 

Rafa has played soccer since his very young age, and he started playing for professional youth academies in Brazil at the age of ten. He had a dream to become a professional soccer player like his dad, but he decided to take another path a year before going pro. He recognized the difficulty of maintaining a professional soccer career in Brazil due to the large amounts of talent, and decided to pursue a college education instead. He went to college in Brazil for a few years before moving to the USA to play college soccer and finish school. He played two seasons for Oklahoma Baptist University before transferring to Judson to complete his college soccer career and education.

 

As a coach, Rafa has coached youth teams and soccer camps in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Canada, and here in the United States. At the end of his college soccer career at Judson, he became the Eagle's Assistant Coach in the fall of 2011 for both the Men and Women's soccer programs.

 

He also currently coaches U9 and U10 girls with the Crystal Lake Force youth club in Crystal Lake, IL.  His previous coaching experience beyond his current roles include the following roles:

 •Thunder Bay Chill – Thunder Bay, ON – Canada – Coach of Boys U-14 and a range of ages (U-6 to U-14) during the soccer camps.

•Agenzia Lemme Vasto Club – Vasto, Italy – Coach of Boys U-12 & U-14 (Beach Soccer)

•Beach Training – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Coach of Girls U-17 (Footvolley)

•Escolinha de Futebol Vinicius Alvarez – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Coach of Boys U-12 (Soccer)

 

 

Curriculum and Awards as a player

 

•Judson University - Elgin, IL - Fall 2009-2010 - College soccer

            - NCCAA All-Tournament (2009 & 2010), NCCAA All-Region (2009 & 2010), CCAC Player of the Week (2009), NCCAA All American 1stTeam (2010), NCCAA Scholar-Athlete (2010), All-CCAC 1stTeam (2010), and CCAC All-Academic (2010), and All-CCAC Honorable Mention (2009)

•Thunder Bay Chill - Thunder Bay, ON - Canada - Summer 2010 - PDL

•Agenzia Lemme Vasto Club - Vasto, Italy - Summer 2008 - Beach Soccer – SERIE A

•Oklahoma Baptist University - Shawnee, OK - Fall 05/06 - College Soccer

•America Futebol Clube - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2002

•Colo-Colo Futebol Clube - Bahia, Brazil - 2001

•Vitoria Futebol Clube - Bahia, Brazil - 2001

•Copacabana Sport Club - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 2000

•Barra Futebol Clube - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 97/98

 

 

 
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Mike Chwistek
Grad Assistant