The University gave its soccer programs a boost this winter when it hired two full-time head coaches. Alvin Alexander took over the women’s team after spending the past two years as the top assistant at the University of Notre Dame, helping guide the Fighting Irish to the 2004 national championship. He is the first African-American head coach in Xavier history. Former coach Ron Quinn stepped down after 12 years to concentrate on his role as director of the University’s sports studies program.
The University also hired alumnus Dave Schureck to lead the men’s team. Schureck, a 1995 graduate, replaces Jack Hermans, who resigned after 14 years. Schureck was a four-year starter in goal for Hermans. He spent the last eight years at the University of Dayton, the last five as its head coach where he won nearly 70 percent of his Atlantic 10 games and led the team into the conference tournament four times.