Dominican University

Dominican University Athletiics
7900 West Division River Forest, IL 60305
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Carlos Carrillo

Carlos Carrillo, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Dominican University history and 2013 Dominican University Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, led a remarkable turnaround for the Dominican University women’s soccer team in his first season as a collegiate head coach, guiding the Stars to a 12-8-0 overall mark, going 7-3-0 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and advancing to the semifinals of the 2014 NACC Tournament after the Stars went just 3-12-1 in 2013, the season before Carrillo's arrival. From there, Dominican’s women’s soccer program has flourished, setting a number of program firsts, including winning the program’s first conference tournament championship and making its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer national tournament in 2017.

Under Carrillo, the Stars have averaged better than 13 wins per season, including a 17-1-4 mark in 2017 that saw Dominican post a 0.52 goals against average with 16 shutouts while scoring better than three goals per game offensively. Following the 2017 campaign, a trio of Stars were recognized by the United Soccer Coaches with All-Central Region Honors, the third, fourth and fifth all-region athletes under Carrillo.

Carrillo has a long history at Dominican, starring as a player from 1998-2002 before aiding the men's soccer program as an assistant coach for seven seasons between 2002 and 2009 and again for the 2013 fall season.

As a player, he was honored by the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletics Conference (CCAC) as the Newcomer of the Year in 1998 and was a first team all-conference selection four times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001) and named the Conference Player of the Year twice (1999, 2001). The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Carrillo to the Region VII All-Region First Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and he was selected for the NSCAA All-American Third Team in 1999 and received honorable mention for the All-American Team in 2000 and 2001.

To date, Carrillo holds numerous records for the men's soccer program including all-time goals scored (110), all-time assists (68), all-time points (288), single-season goals scored (37, 2001), single-season assists (26, 1998) and single-season points (81, 2001).

In addition to his coaching experience with his alma mater, Carrillo coaches with Ajax F.C. Chicago, a club soccer team in the western suburbs. With Ajax, Carrillo helped establish the girls' soccer program, growing the club from two teams in 2005 to ten teams ranging from U9 through U18. As the club's Director of High School Girls, Carrillo has helped develop players that have gone on to play at all levels of college, including NCAA Division I, II and III.

In 2011, an Ajax U17 squad led by Carrillo won the US Youth Soccer President's Cup and went on to represent Region II at nationals were Ajax went all the way to the national championship match where they lost to Utah.

Carrillo currently resides in Plainfield with his wife Tethnie and two daughters.

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Seth Mason

Seth Mason joined the Dominican University women's soccer program for the spring of 2016 after serving as an assistant coach for the Dominican University men's soccer program from 2004 through 2014. During his time with the Stars, Dominican's men's soccer teams posted a 174-31-15 overall record, winning nine regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament championships.

Mason was involved in ten of the Stars' 13 consecutive national tournament appearances from 2002 to 2014, including an Elite Eight run in 2006 and a Final Four appearance in 2009.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mason has racked up coaching experience at the club, high school and collegiate levels with coaching stints at St. Gregory High School, Kendall College and UIC as well as with the U10-U13 Trevian Soccer Club. In 2003, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference recognized Mason as Co-Coach of the Year as he helped guide Kendall College to the school's first ever NAIA Regional Appearance. After his stint at Kendall, Mason joined the staff at Division I University of Illinois-Chicago, spending the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Flames before coming to Dominican.

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Sara Stepanovich

Sara Stepanovich appeared in 54 games, including 48 starts, during a four-year career with the Dominican University women’s soccer team from 2012-2015. During her career, Stepanovich logged a 1.63 goals against average to go along with a 22-23-1 record in goal. The Des Plaines native posted 11 shutouts, including five during her junior season when she started all 20 games and helped Dominican to a 12-7-0 overall mark.

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Lauren Zallis

Lauren Zallis joins Dominican University as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program for the 2018 season. Zallis, a former DI student-athlete at Northern Arizona University, is a native of Lockport, Illinois, and works in Sport Psychology.

During her time as a student-athlete, Zallis earned All-Big Sky honorable mention honors as a freshman, playing in all 22 matches for the Lumberjacks, including 17 starts. Zallis was on track to be a four-year starter at Northern Arizona before battling injuries throughout the remainder of her career. In 2009 as a sophomore, Zallis started the first ten matches before suffering a season-ending injury. In 2010, Zallis appeared in 11 game with nine starts and then suffered a season-ending injury in the season opener as a senior.

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