University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, IN 47712
Indiana Midwest
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Eric Schoenstein

Eric Schoenstein '93 became the fourth head coach in the history of the women's soccer program in February of 2016. The elevation to head coach came nearly two years after he was hired as the first full-time assistant coach in 2014.


The 2017 campaign saw the Screaming Eagles finish above .500 for the first time in four seasons with an 8-5-5 overall mark. USI also finished the GLVC schedule with a 6-4-4 record and above .500 for the first time since 2012.


The 6-4-4 mark in the GLVC earned Schoenstein and the Eagles a second-straight appearance in the conference tournament clinching the number five seed.


During his first season at the helm, Schoenstein rebuilt the Eagles into a player in the GLVC. USI was 9-9-1 during 2016, going 6-8-1 in the GLVC and earning a spot in the league tournament for the first time since 2012.


No stranger to the USI soccer program before joining the Athletic staff in 2014, Schoenstein playing a pivotal role during the Screaming Eagles' dominance of the Great Lakes Valley Conference with the Eagles winning league titles in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991. He was a senior captain in 1991, earned All-Region honors 1988, was a three-time All-GLVC award winner (1988, 1990, 1991), and finished his career on the 1991 Academic All-GLVC squad. The Evansville, Indiana, native is still among the all-time leaders at USI, ranking third in goals scored (34); fifth in assists (22); and third in total points (90).


Schoenstein has been a mainstay in the Evansville soccer community since the 1980s. He became a part of the USI coaching staff after serving as the Sporting Southern Indiana (formerly Southwest Indiana Soccer Association) Director of Coaching and Player Development since 2002. He was named the 2013 Indiana Girls Travel Coach of the Year and was the 2008 Indiana Director of Coach Award winner.


During his tenure with Sporting Southern Indiana, Schoenstein enlarged the club from 12 to 32 teams, growing the recruiting base from 200 to 600 players.


Schoenstein's Sporting Southern Indiana U18 team won the state championship in 2017, marking his 11th state championship. He compiled a record of 269-80-60 as the head coach of the SWISA Rush U-18 Girls, earning a number one ranking in Indiana, and the SWISA Crush U-17 Girls. Schoenstein, who was named the 2006 Indiana High School Coach of the Year while leading the Bosse High School program, also directed the U-18 squad to four state finals, to the 2012 Midwest Region 2 semifinals, and the 2009 Midwest Regional League championship.


The U-17 team earned a number two ranking in Indiana under Schoenstein's direction and won the 2013 Indiana State Cup title.

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Larry Nohalty

Larry Nohalty '94 joined the USI women's soccer staff in July of 2015 as women's soccer assistant coach. He assists Head Coach Eric Schoenstein, focusing on the training of goalkeepers.


Nohalty, who graduated from USI with a bachelor's degree in business administration, was a part of two GLVC championships (1990, 1991). He also helped guide USI's transition to NCAA Division I in 1992.


A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Nohalty has coached locally for more than 20 years. He was the Bosse High School goalkeeper coach for 14 season, taking the helm as the head coach in 2014 and 2015.


At the club level, he has been at Sporting Southern Indiana since 2004 and helped lead 5 teams to State championships and has held numerous positions within the club. Nohalty has an NSCAA advanced regional and goalkeeping licenses along with USSF "F" license. He has been a member of the NSCAA since 2012.


Larry and wife Wendy have four children - three daughters (Abby, Nora, Annie) and one son (Liam).

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Mat Santoro

Mat Santoro, who became the ninth head coach of the USI men's soccer program in 2009, moves into his 10th season at the helm of the Screaming Eagles. The Eagles are 75-70-17 during his tenure, including three consecutive post-season berths and four in the last five years.


The 2017 Eagles, who were nationally ranked early in the season, used an 8-1-1 dash in their final 10 games to earn a berth in the GLVC Tournament championship game and finish the year with an 11-7-1 overall mark.


Santoro's Eagles had a historic 2016 campaign, reaching the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time and advancing for the first time in the history of the program. The Eagles, who also spent four weeks in the NSCAA Top 25 poll, were 13-4-4 overall, reaching 13 wins for the first time since 2002.


In addition to the energy sparked by the last two seasons, USI has had seven GLVC Players of the Week; 10 All-GLVC awards; seven All-Region picks; the 2016 GLVC Freshman-of-the-Year; and the program’s second-ever Academic All-American.


USI men’s soccer also has excelled in the classroom under Santoro’s direction. The program earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award eight times and the Team Academic All-GLVC Award the past two years. Seven of the program’s 2016 and 2017 graduates have won the GLVC Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award, and the program has earned 109 Academic All-GLVC awards since 2009.


Prior to coming to USI, Santoro was an assistant coach at The University of Memphis of NCAA Division I Conference-USA, assisting in all facets of the program.


Santoro began his college coaching career as an assistant at Rowan University (NJ). During his time coaching at Rowan, Santoro was the primary recruiter for a program, which won two conference championships; qualified for three NCAA tournaments; and hosted the 2000 NCAA III Final Four in which the Profs were the national runner-up.


As a student-athlete, Santoro started for University of Maryland before transferring to Rowan where he was a three-time All-Conference and two-time All-Region performer. His 1990 national championship team was inducted into the Rowan Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2017.


Santoro has a bachelor’s of arts degree in philosophy and religion with a minor in physical education. He also is a member of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport and the United Soccer Coaches.


Santoro and his wife, Andrea, reside in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, with their four children – Timothy, Maria, Andrew, and Giuliana. Santoro’s brother, Tim, is the head women’s coach at North Carolina State University.

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Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett joined the USI men's soccer coaching staff in the 2013 season and assists Head Coach Mat Santoro in all facets of the program, including on-field coaching and recruiting.


The 2017 Eagles, who were nationally ranked early in the season, used an 8-1-1 dash in their final 10 games to earn a berth in the GLVC Tournament championship game and finish the year with an 11-7-1 overall mark.


Bennett helped Santoro guide the Screaming Eagles to a historic 2016 campaign, reaching the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time and advancing for the first time in the history of the program. The Eagles, who also spent four weeks in the NSCAA Top 25 poll, were 13-4-4 overall, reaching 13 wins for the first time since 2002.


Bennett, who has a pair of coaching licenses from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becomes a part of the USI coaching staff after helping lead the Evansville Soccer Club since 2008. He also was the assistant director in 2012-13.


A mainstay in the Evansville soccer community since the 1980s, Bennett was a member of the Screaming Eagles' dominating Great Lakes Valley Conference title runs in 1989 and 1990. He earned All-State and All-GLVC honors after captaining the USI squad as a senior. The Evansville, Indiana, native finished his USI career with eight points on three goals and two assists in 41 appearances and 33 starts.


Prior to his two seasons with USI, Bennett played two years at nationally-ranked University of Evansville and for Head Coach Fred Schmalz.


Bennett's history with winning programs began before he reached the collegiate level. He was a member of two state championship teams with Memorial High School (Evansville, Indiana), earning several All-City and All-State awards.

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