Jake Essig enters his first year as the Head Men's Soccer coach at the University of Saint Francis. Essig comes to Saint Francis after spending the last six seasons as the full-time Assistant Men's Soccer Coach for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. During that time, the Fightin' Engineers compiled an overall record of 76-26-17. Team accomplishments include 2014, 2015, 2015, 2016, 2019 HCAC regular-season titles; 2014 and 2015 HCAC tournament titles, and received national rankings as high as No. 18. Individual accomplishments include 44 HCAC All-Conference selections, 16 All-Region selections, 4 HCAC Defensive MVP's, 2 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 2 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans, 1 HCAC Offensive MVP, and 1 HCAC Freshmen MVP.
"I am humbled for this opportunity to lead the University of Saint Francis Men's Soccer Program," Essig said. "Our primary purpose is to develop young men from where they are to where they need to be, in a faith-centered environment through commitment, honesty, effort, and respect. We will use the illustration of a bridge connecting two points together as a way to remind ourselves of the importance of developing human beings from where they are to where they need to be. Soccer is simply a platform to help these young men develop important qualities and characteristics during and after their time at USF."
Essig earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Huntington University and completed a master's degree in coaching from Indiana State University while being named graduate student of the year. He also holds a United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma, an Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma, a Sport Performance Coaching License from USA Weightlifting, and is registered athletic administrator through the Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.