Jake DeClute returned to Wheaton to begin his tenure as head men's soccer coach for the 2015 season. In his first season at the helm of his alma mater, DeClute led Wheaton to its fourth consecutive CCIW title and a spot in the National Quarterfinals.
DeClute spent the 2014 soccer season as an assistant coach at the United States Naval Academy. He was part of a Midshipmen team that posted an 11-4-5 overall record and finished second in the Patriot League with a 6-1-2 record.
Prior to joining the staff at Navy, he served an assistant coach and scouting director with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) from 2012-14. HE was a an integral part of the staff and played a key role in the team's draft in the MLS Draft.
Before to his time in the MLS, DeClute was the head coach at Gordon College from 2007-11. While at Gordon, DeClute led the program to a 46-36-13 overall record and the team was 35-15-9 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
DeClute is a 1999 graduate of Wheaton, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and in 2006 he earned a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Wheaton men's soccer program from 1995-97, serving as a co-captain for Wheaton's 1997 NCAA Division III National Championship Team. DeClute was a three-time All-CCIW honoree at Wheaton, earning All-Region accolades in 1998. He also served as an assistant coach at Wheaton from 2001-06. During that time, Wheaton advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Match in 2006 and to the Division III Quarterfinal in 2002.
DeClute has also spent time in his coaching tenure with professional squads such as the Carolina RailHawks, Cleveland City Stars, Chicago Shockers and Cascade Surge.
Wheaton Athletics Director Julie Davis said of DeClute at the time of his appointment to the position in December of 2014. "I am excited to welcome Coach DeClute and his family back to the Wheaton Athletics Department. Jake has all the personal qualities and professional credentials to continue the excellence of the Wheaton Soccer tradition. He is authentic in his relationship with Christ, has a strong desire to mentor young men, and is competitive and passionate about soccer. Jake and his family will be a wonderful addition to our community." She adds, "We are working toward a seamless transition for current players and recruits, but right now we are all pretty focused on the excitement of the current season and this team's run for a National Championship."
Jake and his wife Erin ('09) have two daughters and reside in Wheaton. DeClute says of the opportunity to coach at his alma mater, "We are thrilled to be coming back to Wheaton and to get the opportunity to work with the men's soccer team. I am really excited about the season that they are currently having; and look forward to continuing to build on the success of Wheaton soccer."