February 20, 2012

St. Thomas men's head coach steps down

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After 18 consecutive directly seasons involved with St. Thomas men's soccer, Aaron Macke will settle into a new role: Soccer alumnus and fan.

Macke has announced plans to step down as St. Thomas head coach after 10 seasons to spend more time with his family and his on-campus role as Director of Residence Life.

Macke also played four seasons and was an assistant coach for four seasons in the Tommie program prior to replacing Denzil Lue as head coach in 2002.

UST athletics director Steve Fritz said a search is underway for Macke's replacement.

"I have absolutely loved my time with the soccer program," Macke said. "I also have a wonderful family with three little boys at home that want and need my involvement in their lives. I'm coaching them in soccer, basketball, baseball and anything else they want me involved in. This time commitment, along with serving as the Director of Residence Life, will no longer allow me to spend the necessary time as the UST soccer coach."

Macke had just one losing season in his 10-year run as head coach. He guided the Tommies to a 102-57-21 record (53-31-16 in conference regular-season play), with MIAC playoff berths in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

As a UST player in the mid-1990s, Macke was a four-year starter and a three-year co-captain (1993-96. He received All-Region and All-MIAC honors and helped the Tommies win an MIAC championship and reach the NCAA playoffs in 1995.

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