Mat Santoro is entering his eleventh year as the head coach of the University of Southern Indiana soccer program. The Screaming Eagles are 88-74-18 during that time including four consecutive postseason berths.
USI has qualified for the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament twice in the past three years, and the Screaming Eagles were the 2018 GLVC regular season champions.
In 2017, the team won 10 of its last 11 games to reach the GLVC tournament final where it lost in overtime. USI Soccer have been nationally ranked, at some point, in each of the past four years, and finished the 2018 regular season ranked 11th, it’s highest ranking since 1982.
During Santoro’s tenure, USI has had 10 GLVC Players-of-the-Week, 14 All-GLVC awards, 10 All-Region picks, the 2016 GLVC Freshman-of-the-Year, the 2018 GLVC Player-of-the-Year, the Midwest Region Player-of-the-Year, and two Academic All-Americans.
USI men’s soccer has also excelled academically under Santoro. The program has won the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award 7 consecutive years and the Team Academic All-GLVC Award the past three years. Two of the program’s 2016 graduates won the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award, and the program has garnered over 100 Academic All-GLVC awards.
Prior to coming to USI, Santoro was an assistant coach at The University of Memphis in Conference-USA. He assisted in all facets of the program at Memphis as the Tigers played a nationally ranked DI schedule.
Santoro began his college coaching career as an assistant at Rowan University (NJ). During his time coaching at Rowan, Santoro was the primary recruiter for a program which won two conference championships and qualified for three NCAA tournaments, including hosting the 2000 Final Four, in which Rowan was the national runner-up.
Santoro began his collegiate playing career at the University of Maryland before transferring to Rowan. He was 3-time All-Conference and 2-time All-Region at Rowan, and his 1990 National Championship team was recently inducted into the Rowan University Athletics Hall-of-Fame.
Mat Santoro has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Physical Education, and he is a member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and the United Soccer Coaches.
Former USI soccer star, Robert Bennett, joined the coaching staff in June 2013. Bennett has been a mainstay in Evansville soccer throughout his life. After several state championships as a youth player, he was a 3-time state finalist with Memorial HS, winning the title twice. Bennett garnered several All-City and All-State honors while playing for Memorial.
He attended nationally ranked University of Evansville where he played for two years before transferring to USI.
Bennett led USI to two GLVC championships. He earned All-State and All-GLVC honors in 1990, while also captaining the team his senior year.
Bennett has been involved in Evansville youth soccer as a coach and a director since 2008. He has two national coaching licenses from the NSCAA.
"Robert has had an impact on the Southern Indiana soccer community for the past 25 years as a player, coach, and director. He was a champion here at USI, and he has the experience and character to make a great impact on our program. We are lucky to have such a person and coach helping us build a top college soccer program."
Kent Katzman joins the USI coaching staff following a decorated playing career. Katzman made 61 appearances for the Screaming eagles, including four straight postseasons. During his career, USI made two GLVC tournament semi-finals, one GLVC championship game, two NCAA tournament 2nd round appearances, and won the 2018 GLVC regular season championship.
Katzman, who captained the 2018 championship team, earned two All-Region awards his senior year and was 4-time Academic All-GLVC. He graduated in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Accounting and is pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Management.
Katzman will be assisting in all facets of the USI Soccer program including running youth soccer camps.