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Loyola Men’s Soccer Names Steve Bode Head Coach Following Neil Jones Departure to the University of Wisconsin

Neil Beran | The PhoenixSteve Bode returns after helping the Loyola men's soccer team win the MVC Championship as an assistant coach in 2019.

Loyola University Chicago Athletics announced the hiring of Steve Bode as the new head coach for the Loyola men’s soccer team Jan. 20 after the departure of Neil Jones. In Bode’s 14 years of experience, he’s coached at the collegiate, professional, and national level.

Bode comes from working as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Marquette University, where he helped the team achieve an overall record of 15-12 and 9-9 in the Big East. Four of his players were also selected to the All-Big East team.

Prior to Marquette, Bode served as an assistant coach for the 2019 Loyola men’s soccer team, which would go on to win the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) championship and earn the program’s fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament. He also worked as an assistant coach for Brown University.

On the professional level, Bode served as the head coach for the Chicago FC United, a USL League Two team which he eventually led to a central conference championship in the 2018-19 season. Bode also works as a staff coach for the United States Soccer Federation Youth National Team.

A three-time captain and two-time Most Valuable Player, Bode also has experience playing for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was named the Milwaukee Panthers’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2007, received the Herman Kluge award following the 2007-08 season for a year of excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service and was awarded several All-Horizon League Honors. 

Following his collegiate career and multiple awards, he was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2008, where he spent a year as a reserve player.

When Bode joined the Ramblers as an assistant coach in 2019, former head coach Neil Jones welcomed him with high praise.

“I have known him for a number of years now,” Jones said in a press release at Loyola. “[A]nd not only is he an outstanding coach and a fantastic recruiter, but most importantly he is a phenomenal person who cares about his student-athletes, and their experience while in college.

After nine seasons with the Ramblers, Jones left Loyola to take on the head coach position at the University of Wisconsin.

Following an underwhelming season with a 7-7-3 overall record, the Badgers decided not to bring back John Trask as head coach. Jones was then selected as his replacement, which was announced by the University of Wisconsin Jan. 10.

During his nine seasons with the Ramblers, Jones accrued a 55-40-18 overall record with seven winning-record seasons. Five of those resulted in top-two finishes in the MVC, winning the championship once by upsetting No. 9 Missouri State University in 2019.

Additionally, Jones coached a total of 32 All-MVC Selections and four Players of the Year. In his last season with the organization, a single-season program record of six players were selected to First Team All-MVC honors, including graduate midfielder Billy Hency, MVC Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Bode recognized the Loyola men’s soccer team’s success in the previous years, expressing his excitement to work with the Ramblers in a press conference Jan. 20.

“The culture they’ve created in the athletic department drew me back to Loyola and to this opportunity,” Bode said. “It is truly a special place that aligns with my core values. I am excited and eager to build on the existing relationships that I have with the administration, coaching staff and student athletes.”

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