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JASON MURPHY
Head Coach

Jason Murphy begins his sixth season as the UW-La Crosse head soccer coach in 2019.  The third head coach in school history, Murphy is 69-25-13 (.706) overall and 26-5-5 (.792) in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) play in his first five seasons. 

He has guided the Eagles to back-to-back (2017, 2018) trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Tournament and three in the last four years.  UWL advanced to the national quarterfinals in 2017 and to the third round in 2018. 

The Eagles finished 18-3-3 in 2018, recording the second most wins in single-season school history while winning a school record 14 straight games. UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017, setting a school record for victories.  UWL won the 2018 WIAC regular-season title with a 6-0-1 record.  The Eagles also captured the conference tournament title with a 3-1 victory over UW-Eau Claire, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.  

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  The Eagles earned an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA III Championships after winning the WIAC Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater. 

Along with the school records for wins (20) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

UWL earned the WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018.  The Eagles were also selected the 2017 United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

UWL set a then school record for single-season wins in 2016, finishing 14-5 overall.  The Eagles finished second in the WIAC in 2016 with a 5-2 mark, advancing to the WIAC Championship game for third time in school history and first since 1999.  

Murphy led UWL to its first appearance in school history in the NCAA Division III Championship in 2015 as the Eagles finished 12-7-2 overall.  UWL claimed a share of the WIAC regular season title with a 5-1-1 league record.  The conference title was the second in school history (1996). 

For his efforts, Murphy was named the 2015 WIAC Coach of the Year.  The Eagles won a then school record eight consecutive matches in 2015 and advanced to the WIAC Championship Semifinals.

Twenty-eight All-WIAC honors have been earned in Murphy's first five seasons at UWL.  Seven players have been named to the All-WIAC Team in 2017 and 2018.  The Eagles' Lily Brock, Megan Carroll, Cassie Handrick, Margaret Harings, Delaney Harnell, Maya Schmitt and Kaitlyn Villars all earned the honor in 2018.  Brock, Carroll, Alex Cording, Maddie Granos, Harings, Schmitt and Villars were named to the 2017 team.  It marked the first time in school history UWL had seven student-athletes named to the all-conference first team.  

The Eagles have had at least four players named to the All-WIAC Team in each of Murphy's first five years.  

Harings was selected the 2017 and 2018 WIAC Offensive Player of the Year while Schmitt was named the WIAC Defensive Player of the Year both seasons.  Harings became the first player in school history to be named the league's offensive player of the year while Schmitt was the third to be selected the WIAC Defensive Player of the Year. 

Harings (first team) and Schmitt (third team) were voted to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-America Team while Harings (first team) was selected to the 2018 D3soccer.com All-America Team.  She is the first player in school history to earn D3soccer.com All-America honors.  Harings, Schmitt, Carroll and Handrick were all voted to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches All-North Region First Team.

In 2017, Harings (second team) and Carroll (third team) earned United Soccer Coaches All-America Team accolades while Harings (first team), Carroll (first team), Schmitt (first team) and Villars (second team) were voted to the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team. 

Carroll, Granos, Harings, Haley Hartkemeyer, Natalie Herzog and Hayley Stephens, were named to the 2016 All-WIAC Team.  It marked the first time in school history UWL had six student-athletes named to the all-conference first team.  Carroll, Harings and Herzog were selected to the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Region Team for NCAA Division III with Carroll and Harings earning second team honors and Herzog third team recognition. 

Kourtni Alcock was voted the 2015 WIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year under Murphy.  Alcock and Harings were both named to the 2015 NSCAA All-North Region for NCAA Division III.  Alcock was voted to the first team while Harings earned third team recognition. 

Carroll was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team while being voted to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-North/Central Region First Team.  Stephens was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team.

Murphy led the Eagles to an 5-8-5 overall and 3-2-3 WIAC record in 2014.  Kirsten Anderson, Nicole Blaser, Kelly Denk and Ashley Tracy were selected to the 2014 All-WIAC Team.  Denk was also named a co-recipient of the 2014 WIAC Judy Kruckman Scholar-Athlete Award. 

Murphy came to UWL after serving as head women's soccer coach and director of athletics at Marian University (Wis.).  He completed his fourth season as the Sabres' head coach in 2013.  Marian (Wis.) compiled a 33-12-2 Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) record under Murphy, who was selected the league's coach of the year in 2011.   The team tied a single-season school record with 13 victories (13-7) in 2011, including 10-2 in conference play.  The Sabres advanced to the program's first conference championship game in 2011 as seven players earned All-NAC recognition.

Murphy has served on the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Committee and on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee.

He took over as Marian's (Wis.) Director of Athletics in 2011, overseeing and managing the NCAA Division III athletic department.  Murphy also served as an adjunct professor in the School of Education.  He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UW-Stevens Point in 2004 and master's degree in exercise and sport science: sport administration from UWL in 2007.

Murphy has earned his National and Advanced National coaching licenses from the NSCAA as well as his NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeper licenses.

Prior to becoming Marian's (Wis.) head coach, Murphy served as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Chicago (Ill.) for two years and at UW-Stevens Point for two seasons.  He helped guide the University of Chicago (Ill.) to a 28-10-3 record as the Maroons qualified for the NCAA III Championships in both seasons.  Murphy helped lead UW-Stevens Point to an overall record of 31-8-5, including winning two WIAC tournament titles and making two appearances in the national championships.

Murphy resides in La Crosse with his wife, Cindy, and two sons.  



 

 

JOE CZERNIAK
Assistant Coach

Joe Czerniak begins his sixth season as an assistant coach with the UW-La Crosse soccer program in 2019.  He has helped guide the Eagles to back-to-back (2017, 2018) trips to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Tournament and three in the last four years.  UWL advanced to the national quarterfinals in 2017 and to the third round in 2018. 

The Eagles finished 18-3-3 in 2018, recording the second most wins in single-season school history while winning a school record 14 straight games. UWL finished 20-2-3 overall in 2017, setting a school record for victories.  UWL won the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) regular-season title with a 6-0-1 record.  The Eagles also captured the conference tournament title with a 3-1 victory over UW-Eau Claire, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. 

UWL earned its third regular-season conference title in school history in 2017 with a 7-0 league mark, finishing undefeated in WIAC play for the first time in school history.  The Eagles earned an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA III Championships after winning the WIAC Championship with a 4-3 shootout victory over UW-Whitewater. 

Along with the school records for wins (20) and shutouts (14) in 2017, UWL set single-season school records for goals (65), assists (63), points (193) and shots (506).

UWL earned the WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018.  The Eagles were also selected the 2017 United Soccer Coaches North Region Staff of the Year.

Prior to coming to UWL, Czerniak served as head boys and girls soccer coach at La Crosse (Wis.) Central High School for eight years.  He continues as the girls head coach. Czerniak has recorded over 100 wins at Central, earning a Mississippi Valley Conference title in 2008.  He has been named the MVC Coach of the Year three times (2008, 2011, 2013). 

Along with coaching, Czerniak has been a social studies teacher at La Crosse Central since 2006.  

Czerniak currently serves as the Girls' Classic-1 Coach for the Mississippi Valley Storm Soccer Club (U-15, U-16, U-17 teams), a position he has held since 2011.  He obtained his National "D" License from the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in 2007.

He earned his bachelor's degree (2006) from UWL in broadfield social studies and his master's degree (2010) from the university in education and professional development.

A 2001 graduate of West Bend (Wis.) East High School, Czerniak was a member of two (1999, 2000) Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship teams.  He served as a team captain in 2000, earning first team all-conference and honorable mention all-Southeastern Wisconsin accolades. Czerniak was named the 2001 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference Player of the Year while attending University of Wisconsin-Washington County.

 

Jennifer Dimos
Assistant Coach

Jennifer Dimos starts her first season as an assistant soccer coach at UW-La Crosse in 2019.  She will also serve as a facilities and events coordinator for intercollegiate athletics.

She completed her second year as a graduate assistant coach with the Smith College (Mass.) soccer program during the 2018-19 season. Dimos earned her master's degree in exercise and sport studies at Smith (Mass.) after earning her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from DePauw University (Ind.) in 2017.

Assisting in all facets of the Smith (Mass.) program, Dimos worked on scouting, recruiting, alumni engagement, team operations and fundraising for the Pioneers. She was also an undergraduate course instructor at Smith (Mass.) and served as head coach for the Global Premier Soccer Club in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. 

She has been an assistant youth soccer coach at the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy since June 2016. 

Dimos earned four soccer letters at DePauw (Ind.) starting all 72 games in her career. She was a 2013 and 2016 All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Second Teams. While working as an athletic department intern at DePauw (Ind.), Dimos worked with the Tigers in community engagement and operations.