Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois Athletic Department
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920
Division 1 Illinois Midwest
Public Medium National competitor


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Jake Plant

Eastern Illinois

* Hired as head women's soccer coach in February of 2018

* Coached team to a 6-8-6 record in first season including 4-3-3 record in OVC play (2018)

* Coached team to 3rd place finish in OVC regular season standings, highest for program since 2006

* Coached team to first OVC Tournament appearance since 2014

* Coached team to OVC Tournament semifinal appearance in 2018, first semifinal appearance for program since 2010

* Women's Soccer Team won OVC Sportsmanship Award in 2018

* Coached two All-OVC selections (Henar Urteaga first team selection)

* Coached two All-OVC Tournament selections

Eastern Illinois Assistant Coach

* Assistant Coach for men's and women's soccer programs in 2016 & 2017 primarily coaching women's team in 2017 season

* Assistant Coach for men's program in 2014 & 2015

* Helped coach first-team Summit League Goalkeeper Mike Novotny (2017)

* Helped coach one first team, three second team and seven All-Newcomer selections for men in Summit League

* Helped coach Panthers to back-to-back men's soccer Summit League Tournament appearances in 2016 & 2017

* Coached second team All-OVC selection in women's soccer Lindsey Carlson (2017)

* Helped coach All-OVC Newcomer selection in women's soccer Henar Urteaga (2016)


* Two-year member of Eastern Illinois men's soccer program (2012-13)

* Started 34 matches with six goals and four career assists

* Two-time Summit League Commissioner's List

* Played two seasons at Northern Iowa CC (2010-11)

* Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2014

* Master's Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2016

* Wife, Meagan

* Native of Birmingham, England

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Dirk Bennett

Eastern Illinois

* Hired as assistant women's soccer coach in July of 2019

* Begins fourth season on EIU women's soccer staff, serving as a volunteer assistant from 2016-18

* Helped coach EIU women's program to third place finish in OVC in 2018 & OVC Tournament semifinal appearance

* Volunteer assistant coach for men's soccer program from 2015-18

* Helped coach men's team to three straight Summit League Tournament appearances

* Helped coach men's team to 2-2-1 Summit League record in 2017, first .500 or better conference mark since 2000

* Helped coach men's team to Regional ranking during 2017 season

* Helped coach Summit League Goalkeeper of the Year, Mke Novotny in 2018

* Helped coach two first team All-Summit League performers (Mike Novotny & Edgar Mesa)

* Helped coach two second team All-Summit League performers

* Helped coach seven All-Summit League Newcomer Team selections

* Helped coach four Summit League All-Tournament selections

Prior to Eastern Illinois

* Athletic Supervisor for City of Charleston

* Executive Director of Eastern Illinois FC


* Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2010

* Masters Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2012

* USSF "C" License

* NSCAA Premier Diploma

* NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I

* NSCAA LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Diploma

* Board Member Central Illinois Youth Soccer League

* Inspire! UK "Top 10 Coaches Under 30" London Conference Invitee in 2014

* NCCAA Bob Seddon Fund Scholarship

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