By Dana Bitto
November 13, 2013
On Nov. 1, Dominican’s women’s soccer team received a major change regarding their head coach.
Ellen Brown, head coach of women’s soccer for three years and Dominican’s coordinator of student-athlete services resigned so that she can become the head recruit coach for soccer with the college recruiting service NCSA in Chicago.
With her guidance, the women’s soccer team appeared at two Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournaments in three seasons. While the last three years have been a little rocky for the team record-wise, some players say she made good efforts through her knowledge of the game and training players hard.
“Being a goalkeeper, Coach Brown was able to teach me a lot,” sophomore goalie Sara Stepanovich said. “She knew her goalie skills because she was a Division I goalkeeper.”
“I think Coach Brown knows a lot about the game, and in the two years that I was coached by her, she taught me lessons that helped me grow as a player and a person,” sophomore Laura Yonke said.
Stepanovich added that Brown’s new position at NCSA would compliment the knowledge of soccer and recruitment skills she has.
“Coach Brown is a great recruiter,” Stepanovich said. “The fact that she was able to find a job which solely focuses on recruiting will really help her to highlight her expertise.”
While the women’s soccer team has had a consistent coach for the last three years, some players were still unhappy with record results, especially from this past season.
Junior Nathalie Mathis says both the team and Brown struggled greatly this season.
“We went through a lot of changes as a program and I thought she did her best these past few years to get the results and make us a top competitor in the NAAC,” Mathis explained. “This year was a disappointment and I know she was not happy with the results as was the rest of the team.”
Carlos Carrillo, 2013 Dominican University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, has taken over the role of women’s soccer coach and coordinator of student-athlete services.
Carrillo has gotten a lot of attention prior to his coaching at Dominican, including the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), two-time Conference Player of the Year in 1999 and 2001 and part of the NSCAA All-Region First Team. The team hopes that Carrillo will be the coach who will take the team to the next level and bring in some championship titles.
“He clearly knows the game of soccer, based off of all of the records that he holds on the men’s side of the program,” Stepanovich said. “He is really looking to make this a better experience for all of the girls on the team. He has an emotional connection with the school, being such a decorated alum, and I think he is going to do anything in his power to make us feel as proud to be a DU star as he is. If I can gauge one thing from Coach Carlos, it’s that he likes to win and that in itself will be a great turn around for our program.”
Yonke echoes the thoughts of Carrillo’s mentality to win.
“His experience when he was a player and in his past coaching jobs show that he will do everything in his power to better our team and the program as a whole,” she said. “I am looking forward to playing for him.”