Sean Hughes Hired As Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Jan. 22, 2016
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University head men’s soccer coach Louis Bennett has announced the hiring of Sean Hughes as assistant coach. Hughes joins the Golden Eagles after serving as head coach of Division II Maryville University last season, following a three-year stint as assistant coach at Division II Quincy University.
“I’m happy to add a coach that’s had a range of experiences, including head coaching experience, and someone who has worked well with players and administrators with the ability to make the best of the facilities and the situations in his career,” Bennett said of Hughes.
“He’s come from a place that has had limited resources, but has done very well,” Bennett added. “As a former collegiate and professional player, Sean will be able to provide helpful insight and perspective to our student-athletes. We’re looking forward to him getting settled in and begin helping Marquette Soccer achieve its goals.”
“I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to work with the coaching staff, student-athletes and support network at Marquette, as we strive in our pursuit of BIG EAST and NCAA Championships,” Hughes said.
In his only season as the head coach, Hughes took the Maryville men’s soccer program to new heights in 2015 with a single-season record for wins at the Division II level and the most shutouts in a season in program history.
In the three seasons prior as full-time assistant at Quincy, Hughes helped the program to a combined record of 48-9-8 with two Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and an NCAA Final Four appearance. In his final season with Quincy in 2014, the team finished with a 21-2-2 overall record and the No. 3 ranking in the NSCAA top-25 poll.
During his time at Quincy, Hughes coached four All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, two GLVC Freshmen of the Year, two GLVC Defensive Players of the Year, one GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, the GLVC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and more than 20 all-conference players.
The Blackburn, England native enjoyed a standout career in his home country where he played for the youth teams for Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Bury FC. He played in the prestigious FA Youth Cup for Bury FC in 2003 and represented the Great Britain Catholic Schoolboys U-16 squad in Spain.
Hughes traveled to the United States and began his collegiate playing career at Northeastern State (Okla.) University. He led the Riverhawks in goals and points in each of his two seasons before transferring to Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where he started in every game from 2009-10.
After graduating from Cardinal Stritch, Hughes played one season for Whitsunday Miners FC in the Australian Soccer League second division. He helped the 2011 team record its highest finish in the league standings. The next season, Hughes played for Crewesadors FC futsal team in the UEFA English Regional North League in 2012.
Hughes earned his bachelor of arts degree in sports management from Cardinal Stritch in 2010 and completed his MBA from Quincy in May 2014.
He and his wife, Danielle, and their son, George, currently reside in Glendale.
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