Louis Bennett
Louis  Bennett

Last College:
Crewe & Alsagar, 1982

Position:
Head Coach

11/01/2014

No. 24 Marquette Draws at Seton Hall 3-3

Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee for Senior Night, regular season finale Friday

10/04/2014

No. 12 Marquette Draws 0-0 at No. 7 Georgetown

Golden Eagles extend shutout, unbeatean streaks to seven

09/20/2014

Late Goals Lift No. 17 Marquette Over NIU, 2-0

Golden Eagles set school record with fifth consecutive shutout

08/06/2014

Golden Eagles ranked No. 12 in NSCAA Preseason Poll

Defending BIG EAST champs poised for another title run in 2014

07/31/2014

2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team Announced

Over half of MU men's soccer team recognized by the league office

06/17/2014

One-on-One With Louis Bennett

GoMarquette.com features a one-on-one summer sit-down with men's soccer coach Louis Bennett.

11/18/2013

Marquette Soccer Learns NCAA Tournament Draw

Marquette men's soccer gathered to learn their draw for 2013 NCAA College Cup on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

09/08/2013

Post-Match Recap: Marquette 4, Drake 1

Highlights and post-match comments from coach Louis Bennett and freshman Louis Bennett II following Marquette's 4-1 win over Drake on Sept. 8, 2013 at Valley Fields.

11/09/2012

BIG EAST Semifinal Postgame Press Conference

10/24/2012

No. 8 Irish score three second-half goals to defeat visiting No. 5 MU

Email Coach Bennett | Bennett's Players in the Pros

The 2017 season marks the 12th for Louis Bennett as head men’s soccer coach at Marquette University and his 22nd head coaching season overall.

Bennett boasts a long history of success, leading Milwaukee (1996-2005) and Marquette (2006-present) to a combined seven league championships, six league tournament titles and seven NCAA tournament appearances - advancing past the first round on five occasions, including a Sweet 16 appearance with the Golden Eagles in 2013.

Postseason Success

 School

Regular Season Titles

League Tournament Titles

NCAA Appearances

Marquette

2011, 2013

2013

2012, 2013 (Sweet 16)

Milwaukee

1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005


Bennett claims an ever-expanding list of players that has now reached nearly 50, who have gone on to play professionally both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, his son, Louis Bennett II (Anorthosis Famagusta FC, now Swope Park Rangers), and C. Nortey (Akademisk Boldklub) signed with clubs in Cyprus and Denmark, respectively, in the summer of 2016. 

Axel Sjoberg was Marquette’s highest MLS SuperDraft selection, taken 14th overall by Colorado in 2015. Selected in the same draft was Charlie Lyon in the fourth round to cap an impressive run of Marquette draftees, joining Bryan Ciesiulka, who was taken in the fourth by the Chicago Fire in 2012, and Calum Mallace, who was a 20th overall pick by Montreal in 2012. Meanwhile, Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) and Eric Pothast (Angelholms FF) continue their professional careers in Sweden.

Through the 2016 season, Bennett has a career record of 208-161-48 over 21 seasons, including a 73-97-31 mark in 11 seasons with Marquette. His 135 career victories at Milwaukee is the most in school history, while he currently ranks third in Marquette laurels. He has earned six League Coach of the Year honors, including five with Milwaukee and most recently in 2011 at Marquette.

He was named the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and was honored as the College Sports Madness Coach of the Year following the Golden Eagles’ run in 2013.




In the classroom, in the community, on the soccer field -- there is a synergy about what we do at Marquette.
-Louis Bennett


Under Bennett's direction, the Golden Eagles climbed as high as No. 2 (Soccer America) -- the highest ranking in program history -- in the national polls after the squad reeled off 12 consecutive victories to open the 2012 campaign, including a thrilling 3-2 win over then No. 2-ranked Connecticut at Valley Fields on Oct. 6.

A native of Great Britain, Bennett has over 30 years of experience as a player and coach. He played collegiate soccer at Crewe & Alsager College in England, helping win the British Colleges National Championship in 1982. He was also honored as a Great Britain Colleges International Player for three years. Bennett played professional soccer for seven years in the U.S., including three seasons with the Milwaukee Wave of the NPSL (1985-87) and he has made “The Good City” his home ever since.

Bennett holds bachelor’s degrees in education with a minor in special education and coaching licenses with English FA, US NSCCA and USSF organizations.

Bennett is married to the former Julie Harper of Yorkshire, England. The couple has three children, Eston, Yve and Louis, and resides in Shorewood.

Bennett's All-Time NCAA Division I Coaching Record

School Year W L T Pct. W L T Pct. Postseason Apps.
Milwaukee 1996 13 4 3 .725 5 1 2 .750
Milwaukee 1997 13 8 1 .614 6 1 0 .857
Milwaukee 1998 5 13 1 .289 2 4 1 .357
Milwaukee 1999 12 8 1 .595 5 1 1 .786
Milwaukee 2000 11 9 1 .548 4 2 1 .643
Milwaukee 2001 18 5 0 .783 7 0 0 1.000 NCAA First Round
Milwaukee 2002 19 2 1 .886 7 0 0 1.000 NCAA Second Round
Milwaukee 2003 16 6 1 .717 6 0 1 .929 NCAA Second Round
Milwaukee 2004 14 5 3 .705 6 1 0 .857 NCAA Second Round
Milwaukee 2005 14 4 5 .717 4 2 1 .643 NCAA Second Round
MU 2006 1 15 1 .088 0 11 0 .000
MU 2007 2 12 4 .222 1 9 1 .136
MU 2008 3 10 4 .294 1 8 2 .182
MU 2009 4 11 3 .306 3 5 3 .409
MU 2010 7 8 4 .474 3 4 2 .444
MU 2011 9 8 2 .526 7 2 0 .778
MU 2012 16 4 1 .786 5 2 1 .688 NCAA First Round
MU 2013 13 6 2 .667 6 2 1 .722 NCAA Third Round
MU 2014 8 6 4 .556 2 3 4 .444
MU 2015 5 10 2 .353 1 7 1 .167
MU 2016 5 7 4 .438 2 5 2 .333
11 years At MU 73 97 31 .440 31 58 17 .373
21 Years TOTALS 208 161 48 .556 83 70 24 .537

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