Louis Bennett
Louis  Bennett

Last College:
Crewe & Alsagar, 1982

Head Coach


No. 24 Marquette Draws at Seton Hall 3-3

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


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

Golden Eagles extend shutout, unbeatean streaks to seven


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

Golden Eagles set school record with fifth consecutive shutout


Golden Eagles ranked No. 12 in NSCAA Preseason Poll

Defending BIG EAST champs poised for another title run in 2014


2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team Announced

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


One-on-One With Louis Bennett

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


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.


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.


BIG EAST Semifinal Postgame Press Conference


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

Email Coach Bennett | Bennett's Players in the Pros

Louis Bennett enters his 12th season as head men's soccer coach at Marquette University in 2017.

Bennett boasts an ever-expanding list of players who have gone on to play professionally both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, his son, Louis Bennett II (Swope Park Rangers via Anorthosis Famagusta FC), and C. Nortey (Akademisk Boldklub) signed with clubs in Cyprus and Denmark, respectivley, in the summer of 2016. Axel Sjoberg (first round) and Charlie Lyon (fourth round) were both picked in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, joining Bryan Ciesiulka who was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to the Chicago Fire. Meanwhile, Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) and Eric Pothast (Angelholms FF) are both signed to professional teams in Sweden.

The 2016 season was one of growth and revival as Bennett's top-10 rated recruiting class showed flashes of brilliance and bits of struggle. As many as eight freshmen and newcomers saw the pitch and the team went 5-7-4 overall with a 2-5-2 mark in BIG EAST play. As a team, the Golden Eagles scored 26 goals, their most since 2013 when they last reached the NCAA tournament. Luka Prpa, who finished one point shy of becoming the league's leading scorer in his debut season, totaled 26 points on 10 goals and six assists and was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team selection. Senior John Pothast earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors and Bennett's squad is due to return all but two key members in what shapes up to be a promising 2017 season.

The 2015 season had its fair share of obstacles, most notably with injuries playing a large factor in the team's lack of depth and, ultimately, a disappointing season. There were several bright spots, however, with Bennett capturing his 200th career victory in a 3-2 triumph over Dayton on Sept. 7, 2015. Additionally, Louis Bennett II was named to the BIG EAST First Team after turning in yet another solid year in the midfield, while rookie defender Ruben Sanchez was forced to step in and start 15 games en route to a BIG EAST All-Freshman team selection. The Golden Eagles finished 5-10-2 overall.

The 2014 season was a challenging one for the Blue and Gold as Bennett's squad faced a daunting schedule that featured six opponents (3 BIG EAST teams) which qualified for the College Cup, including two recent national champions in Notre Dame and Indiana. Despite the tough road, the Golden Eagles held their own, going 8-6-4 overall with five losses being decided by a single goal and the other a two-goal deficit. Marquette earned the No. 6 seed in the BIG EAST tournament, ultimately falling to third-seeded Georgetown on the road, 2-1.

Four players were recognized by the BIG EAST with Louis Bennett II, C. Nortey and Axel Sjoberg being named to the first team, while Alex McBride claimed All-Rookie team honors. Bennett II, Nortey and Sjoberg also claimed NSCAA All-Region accolades. Meanewhile, Charlie Lyon was named an Academic All-American for the second-straight year and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American. He set a program record in 2014 with eight-straight shutouts from Sept. 5-Oct. 11, a span of 804:58 minutes. He finished his career with a program-record 29 shutouts and holds the all-time record for GAA (0.83) and save percentage (.811).

In 2013, the Golden Eagles (13-6-2 overall, 6-2-1 in the BIG EAST) claimed their second BIG EAST regular season championship in three years and second-consecutive NCAA tournament berth. MU also won its first BIG EAST tournament in program history and placed a program-record seven players on the various all-league teams. After tying a single-season program record with 10 shutouts for the second year in a row, junior Charlie Lyon won a share of the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year award. Senior Bryan Ciesiulka also took home a major conference award in 2013, earning a share of the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year award.

Under Bennett's direction, Marquette 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.

MU finished the 2012 season with a 16-4-1 overall mark, tying single-season school records for wins and shutouts (10). Following a disappointing defeat to national runner-up Georgetown in the BIG EAST Conference semifinals, the Golden Eagles were rewarded with the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but fell to Northwestern at home in the Round of 32 following a first-round bye.

Bennett and his staff earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year accolades after guiding Marquette to its first BIG EAST Conference regular season title in 2011. MU posted a 7-2 mark in league play to finish ahead of perennial national powerhouses Connecticut and Notre Dame in the Blue Division standings.

Following the remarkable 2011 season, captain Calum Mallace garnered BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors and freshman C. Nortey was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team. Mallace went on to become the first Marquette player ever drafted into Major League Soccer when he was the second-round pick of expansion team the Montreal Impact in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

In 2010, Bennett's squad captured its first postseason win during his tenure at Marquette, rolling to a 3-1 victory at defending BIG EAST champion St. John's in the first round of the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship.

A lifelong ambassador of the "beautiful game" and beloved in the Milwaukee soccer community, Bennett has boasted a 162-127-35 career record in nearly two decades as a collegiate head coach.

Since the mid-1990s, Bennett has helped develop 32 players who have gone on to play in the professional ranks. He has also coached six all-America selections and 63 all-conference performers.

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

Bennett's squads have improved every year since he took over at Marquette in 2006, including the team's first-ever appearance in the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship in 2009. It's a testament to the drive that Bennett instills in his young players and the leadership he helps to foster among his team captains, coupled with the sound technical and tactical training MU players receive.

Bennett brought a wealth of previous success to Marquette after 10 illustrious seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Widely regarded as one of the top head coaches in college soccer, Bennett is a five-time winner of the Horizon League's Coach of the Year Award and twice was named NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

At Milwaukee, Bennett led the Panthers to five straight NCAA Tournament berths, including four consecutive appearances in the second round of the tournament. The most successful coach in the history of UWM men's soccer, Bennett compiled a 136-63-17 record in 10 seasons.

Milwaukee had dominated the Horizon League, posting a 41-4-2 record in conference play with five league titles between 2001 and 2005. Over the same period, Milwaukee was 14-1 in conference tournament matches, reached five conference championship games and won a total of four tournament titles. Bennett also guided his squad to a 25-game league unbeaten streak (23-0-2) that stretched into the 2004 season.

In 2005, Bennett led the Panthers to their fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance, winning the regular-season crown for the fifth consecutive year and the conference tournament for fourth straight time. Bennett had Milwaukee poised to upset top-seeded New Mexico in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship before eventually falling in penalty kicks.

The 2004 campaign included a fourth-straight trip to the NCAA postseason tournament, winning the regular season crown for the fourth-straight season and the league tournament for the third consecutive time. That same year, Bennett surpassed Dan Harris in the all-time Milwaukee men's soccer coaching ranks, becoming the school's all-time winningest coach with a Sept. 25 victory over Detroit. The Panthers' run in the NCAA tourney included a 3-2 win at No. 16 San Francisco in the first round and an overtime loss at UC-Santa Barbara in the second round. UCSB eventually advanced to the NCAA national championship game.

In 2003, Bennett earned a third consecutive Horizon League Coach of the Year award while leading Milwaukee to its fifth-straight winning season. Milwaukee defeated Western Michigan, 4-1, to advance to the second round of the tourney for the second-straight year.

All of this came on the heels of a record-breaking season in 2002 which included a school-record 19-2-1 overall mark, a No. 8 national ranking -- the highest in school history -- an NCAA-best 19 consecutive wins and the program's first-ever NCAA tournament victory. Bennett also earned NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors as well as Horizon League Coach of the Year accolades.

In the 2001 season, Milwaukee posted an 18-5 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 mark in Horizon League play. Under Bennett's direction, the Panthers advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1990 and just the fourth time in school history.

Prior to taking over the head coaching position in 1996, Bennett served as an assistant coach at Milwaukee from 1993 to 1995.

A tireless worker off the field, Bennett helped transform the Panthers' program by helping upgrade facilities and equipment. He oversaw the renovation of the playing surface at Engelmann Field and the locker room to reflect a more inspiring pre-game atmosphere. Bennett acquired and furnished the Panther Room to hold meetings, "chalk talks" and watch video on the 60-inch TV screen.

A native of Great Britain, Bennett has made the Milwaukee area his home since 1985. Two years later, he started the British-American Soccer Program in Milwaukee. He is now the owner and director of the organization that operates as a camp and touring program for soccer players ages 6-18. Prior to his assistant position at UWM, Bennett coached the boys' and girls' varsity soccer teams at Nicolet High School for five years. He also has coaching experience at the adult club level in Wisconsin with F.C. Victoria, the Bavarian Soccer Club and the ODP.

Bennett 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).

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.
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
Milwaukee 2002 19 2 1 .886 7 0 0 1.000
Milwaukee 2003 16 6 1 .717 6 0 1 .929
Milwaukee 2004 14 5 3 .705 6 1 0 .857
Milwaukee 2005 14 4 5 .717 4 2 1 .643
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
MU 2013 13 6 2 .667 6 2 1 .722
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