Lake Erie College

Lake Erie College Athletics
391 West Washington Street Painesville, OH 44077
Division 2 Ohio Midwest
Private Very Small Competitive team


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Louie Rolko

Rolko has been the head coach of the Lake Erie men's soccer team since March 2017, and over the course of his time in Painesville, the team has risen to prominence. After going 5-12 in 2017, Rolko's men went 9-6-4 in 2018, winning their first G-MAC playoff game when they beat the higher-seeded Ohio Dominican Panthers.

Then in 2019, the Storm had a season for the history books. Rolko led Lake Erie to an 18-3 overall, 13-1 conference record, while winning the G-MAC regular season crown in the process. Under Rolko's coaching, the 2019 team swept the conference postseason awards, Carr topped the G-MAC in four different categories, and junior goalkeeper Tom John led the league in two more. Additionally, the team as a whole finished best in the conference in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game, shutouts, and goals allowed. After advancing to the semifinals of the G-MAC tournament, the Storm made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, in which they were named the top seed in the Midwest region.

Earlier in his career, Rolko found success not just as a coach, but also as a player. Rolko started out at local Hudson High School, graduating in 2003 after his Explorers put up an impressive effort his senior year, winning the both the 2002 State Championship and National Championship. His team was ultimately inducted into the Hudson High School Hall of Fame in 2018.

After graduation, Rolko became a four-year starting midfielder at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio (changed to Baldwin Wallace University in 2012), garnering such accolades as four (three first team) All-OAC honors, two OAC Midfielder of the Year awards, three NSCAA All-Region awards, team MVP as a senior and three-time team captain. He was elected to the Baldwin Wallace Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2005 and 2006, Rolko also played for the Sioux Falls Spitfire in the fourth division USL Premier Development League during the collegiate off-season.

Following his time playing collegiately, Rolko turned professional in March 2007, when he signed and spent two seasons with the Charleston Battery of the USL First Division. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL Pro League and played there from 2010-2013 before making the decision to retire and seek a full-time career in coaching.

After joining the Baldwin-Wallace staff as an assistant in the fall of 2007, Rolko helped the Yellow Jackets to their first and only appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2011.

A native of Hudson, Ohio, Rolko received a sport management and business administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2007 and a master’s degree in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology with a focus in Positive Coaching from the University of Missouri in 2015. He is a member of the United Soccer Coaches and possesses a United States Soccer Federation B License.

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Conor Cable

Cable joined Lake Erie staff as Graduate Assistant in August 2019. Prior to Lake Erie Cable was a four-year starting goalkeeper at William Woods University in Missouri where he captained the team from Spring Season, Freshman Year.

During that time he was awarded First-team all-conference three times, and national defensive player of the week. Senior year, the Owls went unbeaten in conference and finished as the #1 seed and made the national tournament.

At the end of his collegiate career, Cable holds the record for Single Season Shutouts (9) and a Career record of saves (234) and Shutouts (27). Cable also played for The Demize NPSL in the summer of 2017.

The 2019 season Cable helped with the success of the storm going 18-3 and winning their first Regular Season Title as well as being the number #1 seed in Super Region 3 and having their first appearance at the NCAA Tournament. Working directly with the goalkeepers, Cable saw starting keeper Tom John win various awards including first team all-conference, first team all-region and D2 Conference Commissioners Association Second-team all-american. The success of the season saw the Lake Erie coaching staff be awarded United Soccer Coaches Regional Staff of the year.

2021 Cable played another role in a historic season for the storm, with the team going 16-4-1 winning both the GMAC regular season and conference tournament. The Storm also won their first game in Nationals as the #2 seed in Super Region 3 where they knocked off Lewis University 2-1. Success happened again for Tom John who was named First Team All-Conference in his final season with the storm.

Following Cable's collegiate career, in the Summer of 2021 Cable played for Cleveland SC in the NPSL. The role included working with goalkeepers as well as playing, which saw Cleveland win the rust belt conference, midwest region and play in the national Semi Final. Cable was awarded National XI selection for the season and was the recipient of the NPSL Golden Glove.

After graduating WWU with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports Management, Cable coached for Global Premier Soccer, Bayern Munich's North American Partner in North Carolina where he was Director of the Juniors/Academy and Head Goalkeeper Coach.

Cable is from Spalding, England, and spent his time growing up in the youth system, playing for a variety of Clubs including Norwich City and Cardiff City, and spent his Youth Team days at Bristol City. Cable holds an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare administration. Cable also holds a US Soccer D license and United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeper Licenses.

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