Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rose-Hulman Inst of Tech Athletic Dept
5500 Wabash Ave. - CM 41 Terre Haute, IN 47803
Division 3 Indiana Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Sean Helliwell

Sean Helliwell has led the Rose-Hulman men's soccer team to six regular season conference championships, five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and a 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen in his 10 seasons as head men's soccer coach.

Helliwell has compiled a record of 127-52-29 in 10 seasons, including a mark of 82-10-12 in matches against Heartland?Collegiate?Athletic?Conference opponents (counting the regular season and conference tournament). The Fightin' Engineers have won six regular season conference championships (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and have also captured five HCAC Tournament championships (2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015).

The 2013 team enjoyed a magical run to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen, highlighted by a second round victory over No. 1 ranked and undefeated Ohio Wesleyan University. Rose-Hulman advanced to the NCAA second round with a penalty kicks victory at Penn State Behrend, then upset the top ranked Battling Bishops on their home field.

With the historic victory, Rose-Hulman advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen for the first time in men's soccer. The win also marked just the third time that any Rose-Hulman team had advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen.

In 2014 and 2015, the Fightin' Engineers battled nationally ranked Calvin (No. 4) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (No. 13) to scoreless draws before failing to advance in the penalty kick round. Rose-Hulman won three consecutive HCAC Tournament championships, with every title game going into overtime.

The 2016 team featured another regular season conference championship and just the second undefeated and untied HCAC season in Coach Helliwell's era. The Fightin' Engineers also defeated then No. 7 ranked Wheaton 1-0 on its home field.

In 2017, Rose-Hulman continued its tradition of excellence by reaching the HCAC Tournament Championship Game for the fifth straight year before falling in double overtime.

Helliwell has been named HCAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year by his peers seven times in his nine seasons at the helm of the Fightin' Engineers. He also received Rose-Hulman's "Shining Star" Award at the 2013 Commencement dinner. The award recognizes the individual judged to be the top campus-wide staff member who has been with the Rose-Hulman community for five years or less.

Helliwell leads a Rose-Hulman program that has compiled a 154-61-32 record since 2006. Prior to coming to Rose-Hulman, he spent the previous two seasons as assistant coach at NCAA Division I Western Kentucky University.

Before accepting the Western Kentucky position, Helliwell served as the head soccer coach at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, Ky. His record was 155-56-17 record in a tenure that featured nine district, four regional and two sectional championships. His 2004 squad placed second in the Kentucky State Tournament.

Helliwell is actively involved in the Olympic Development Program in Region 2 and is serving as the head coach for the 2000 Boys Regional team this year. He also served as head coach for the USA Division III Soccer Select Team which traveled to Brazil in the summer of 2014.

In his collegiate career, Helliwell played four seasons and served as team captain for three years at the University of Southern Indiana, prior to earning his bachelor's degree in 1995.

Helliwell and his wife Amy, the women's soccer coach at Rose-Hulman, reside in Terre Haute.

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Jake Essig

Jake Essig enters his fifth year on the Rose-Hulman men's soccer coaching staff. The Engineers have an overall record of 53-17-13 since Essig has served as assistant coach. Team accomplishments include 2014, 2015, 2016 HCAC regular season titles, 2014 and 2015 HCAC tournament titles, and ranked as high as No. 18 nationally. Individual accomplishments include 32 HCAC all-conference selections, 12 all-region sections, 3 HCAC Defensive MVP’s, 1 HCAC Offensive MVP, 1 HCAC Freshmen MVP, and 1 Academic All-American.

Essig came to Rose-Hulman after completing a four-year playing career at Huntington University. He served as a team captain, started in 70 consecutive matches, and netted 12 career goals with four being game winners.

Essig earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management and completed a master's degree in coaching in 2016, while being named graduate student of the year. He also holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, a Sport Performance Coaching License from USA Weightlifting, and he is registered athletic administrator through the Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

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