Illinois College

Illinois College Athletics
1101 W. College Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650
Division 3 Illinois Midwest
Private Very Small National competitor


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Scott Smith

Scott Smith begins his fourth season as the Illinois College head women’s soccer coach in 2018. In his first year in charge, Smith helped two members of the Lady Blues soccer team -- Bianca Savarese and Cat Solberg -- earn Second Team All-MWC status. In 2016 and 2017, Ashley Sholmire was a First Team and Second Team All-MWC selection, respectively.

Smith’s coaching career began with stints at Corona del Sol HS in Tempe, Ariz. and later with Mesquite HS in Gilbert, Ariz. before he moved up to the collegiate level. From 2009 to 2011, he was an assistant at Chandler Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., where he helped both the men’s and women’s programs achieve national rankings in each of his three seasons on the staff. In 2012 he made the move to the Division I level, working as a women’s assistant coach at New Mexico State University for one season.

In 2013 and 2014, Smith was an assistant coach at Aurora University. His coaching and training helped the Spartans to consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference titles and berths in the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament. This past season, Aurora reached the Sweet 16 and ended with a No. 14 national ranking. In his two years as an assistant, AU posted a record of 37-6-2.

Smith graduated from MacMurray College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He added a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in 2007.

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Will Lange

Will Lange will begin his first season with the Illinois College men's and women's soccer programs in 2018.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Lange graduated from St. John Vianney High School before beginning his collegiate playing career at Greenville University in 2008. In four seasons with the Panthers, his teams racked up nearly 60 victories and qualified for three NCAA Tournaments out of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). He graduated from Greenville in 2012 with degrees in History and Political Science along with a minor in Coaching.

His collegiate coaching career began as the Rose-Hulman men's goalkeeper coach and Indiana State women's goalkeeper coach in 2013. He stayed with the two Terre Haute, Ind. programs through the summer of 2016, by which time he had earned a Master's degree in Coaching/Physical Education from Indiana State.

Returning home to the St. Louis area, Lange began coaching with the well-recognized St. Louis Scott Gallagher club in 2016, a job he continued with until his acceptance of the Illinois College position.

Lange holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "B" License and a USSF National Goalkeeper License.

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