Since 1943, SLUH’s soccer program has been marked by high achievement, a commitment to excellence, and exceptional talent and leadership. On September 20, soccer alumni celebrated the program’s 75th anniversary at the SLUH-Vianney home game with a pre-game reception and halftime on-field recognition.
Hundreds of Jr. Bills have contributed to and benefited from the soccer program throughout the years. Here’s what a few of them remember.
A reflection by Mr. Charlie Martel '73
Life offers each of us many different pathways, and the “soccer pathway” that I followed was a road beyond my wildest imagination.
I fell in love with the game very early and played soccer all eight years at Christ the King grade school in University City. At SLUH, I made the B-team as a freshman and played two years for Dick Keefe. Wearing the SLUH jersey was a great honor and one I will always treasure.
We had so many fine players at SLUH during these years. I worked hard the summer of 1971 to make varsity as a junior. I quickly learned that varsity soccer was more challenging than I had realized, but I had an incredible coach to assist me on my pathway: Ebbie Dunn, one of the greatest men I have ever met.
I wanted to win for Coach Dunn. I respected him and didn’t want to let him down. My junior year, we went to the state semifinals against McCluer and lost in a close game. All of the returning seniors were fiercely determined to win state the following year. Coach Dunn was focused and determined. He led us to the state final at Musial Field against Rosary and we won in overtime. We mobbed Coach Dunn and were so proud that he was a state champion. We were state champions!
The evening of that memorable day, the whole soccer team met at my house for a championship dinner. My mother made spaghetti with garlic cheese bread, but she also made bibs for every player and for Coach Dunn. Each bib had an embroidered Jr. Bill on the front. We were ecstatic when we saw Coach Dunn in his bib eating spaghetti. This has become for me a memory of a lifetime. God bless Ebbie!
In 1992, just after I began teaching theology at SLUH, Coach Dunn announced his retirement. I felt incredibly blessed to succeed him for the next 25 years as head coach. I have coached many great players and worked with amazing assistant coaches. Some of my fondest memories in life revolve around the fine young men I encountered during my coaching days at SLUH.
I have truly been blessed. Coach Dunn, my coaches and my players have done more to positively influence my life than I could have ever imagined. Thank You.
- COACH CHARLIE MARTEL '73
Varsity Head Soccer Coach (1992-2017)
“Coach Dunn was a great man of grit and integrity. He expected and commanded the best out of each of us. When his bushy eyebrows sunk low, we knew he was ready to tell us something important about our play, or about life. As driven as Coach was to succeed, he displayed an innate fairness and class with everyone he encountered, both on and off the field. He truly represented the best of St. Louis U. High.”
- JOE JEDLICKA '80
“My fondest SLUH memory was winning the state championship in 1991. I remember that day like it was yesterday. We beat CBC, our fiercest rival, 3-1. What I remember most about that day isn’t winning, but rather standing at midfield before the game and listening to our student body sing the national anthem word by word, in unison. I recall the immense pride I felt for my school that day and thinking this is what SLUH soccer is all about. It’s a feeling those who played and attended this great institution understand well. Go Jr. Bills!”
- JEREMY MOORE '92
A HISTORY OF ACHIEVEMENT
SUCCESS AT STATE
STATE CHAMPIONS: 3 (1972-73 Winter, 1990, 2003)
2ND PLACE: 6 (1974-75 Winter, 1982, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2009)
3RD PLACE: 7 (1971-72 Winter, 1976, 1980, 1983, 2002, 2010, 2013)
ST. LOUIS AREA (PRE-MSHSAA): 1
PROGRAM RECORD: 1,176-412-190
Following are just a few Jr. Bills who excelled on (and off) the soccer field.
- Joe Hamm '69: Member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Jeff Cacciatore '76: Professional soccer player for the St. Louis Steamers
- Arthur “Buzz” Demling '67: Professional soccer player and member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 Summer Olympics; earned four caps with the U.S. national team
- Dan Flynn '73: Member of 1973 state championship team; current CEO of the U.S. Soccer Federation
- Ty Keough '75: Four-year All-American at Saint Louis University; U.S. Olympic, National and World Cup Team soccer player; played 12 seasons of professional soccer; coach and broadcaster for ESPN and ABC
- Pat McBride '61: All-American soccer player at Saint Louis University; member of the U.S. Olympic and World Cup teams; starred in the NASL and coached in the MISL
- Taylor Twellman '98: High school All-American; star on MSL’s New England Revolution; television analyst for ESPN
- Tommy Meyer '08: Defender on the Los Angeles Galaxy, the 2012 Major League Soccer Champions