Defending division champs return eight starters
Divisional champions recognized at annual awards dinner
2010 Senior Banquet
Steve Bode returns for his seventh season as assistant coach with the Marquette University men[apos]s soccer program in 2014. He was a part of the Golden Eagles[apos] staff that earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors after Marquette claimed its first BIG EAST Conference division championship in 2011. In2012, Marquette earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, itsNCAA postseason appearance since1997. 2013 saw Bode assist MU[apos]s first ever Sweet 16 team, as the Golden Eagles fell to Virginia in third round action in the NCAA Tournament. The postseason run capped an accomplished season that featured a BIG EAST regular season and tournament championship.
Along with coaching the Golden Eagles, Bode serves as a scout for theUS Soccer Federation, observing local talent in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas for Team USA. Bodecurrently holds hisUSSF B coaching license.
Bode graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008, where he was recruited by current MU head coach Louis Bennett, who was then head coach of the Panthers. Bode earned a Master[apos]s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University in 2011.
He was named the Milwaukee Panthers[apos] Male Athlete of the Year and was also selected to receive the Herman Kluge Award, an annual honor given for academic and athletic achievement and dedication to community service, following the 2007-08 season.
Twice Bode was named Milwaukee[apos]s Most Valuable Player. He started all 83 games he played in his career. In 2003 and in 2005, Bode matched a single-season school record starting 23 games for the Panthers.
Named the Horizon League[apos]s Newcomer of the Year after the 2003 season, Bode redshirted in 2004 and went on to earn Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in 2005 after the defender finished the season with a career-high 11 points on five goals and one assist.
Bode, the anchor of Milwaukee[apos]s defensive units, helped guide the Panthers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in each of his first two seasons on the field. Milwaukee also captured two Horizon League regular season championships and three Horizon League Tournament titles.
The Panthers won a total of 43 games in the four seasons Bode played. After wrapping up his career at Milwaukee, Bode was drafted by Major League Soccer[apos]s Chicago Fire in the 2008 MLS supplemental draft, and he was also taken by the Milwaukee Wave. As a professional, Bode played in reserve games with the Fire.
Bode and his wife Ashley were married in 2009 and they reside in Wauwatosa, Wis. Steve and Ashley recently welcomed Miles James Bode, their first child, into their family on Nov. 14, 2013.