Marquette University - Men's Soccer

Coaching Staff

Sean Hughes | Assistant Coach

Sean Hughes enters his second season with the Golden Eagles coaching staff in 2017 after serving stints at Division II institutions Maryville University and Quincy University.

The 2016 season was one of growth and revival as Bennett's top-10 rated recruiting class showed flashes of brilliance and bits of struggle. As many as eight freshmen and newcomers saw the pitch and the team went 5-7-4 overall with a 2-5-2 mark in BIG EAST play. As a team, the Golden Eagles scored 26 goals, their most since 2013 when they last reached the NCAA tournament.

Luka Prpa, who finished one point shy of becoming the league's leading scorer in his debut season, totaled 26 points on 10 goals and six assists and was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Third Team selection. Senior John Pothast earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors and Bennett's squad is due to return all but two key members in what shapes up to be a promising 2017 season.

In Hughes' only season as the head coach in 2015, he took the Maryville men’s soccer program to new heights with a single-season record for wins at the Division II level and the most shutouts in a season in program history.

In the three seasons prior as full-time assistant at Quincy, Hughes helped the program to a combined record of 48-9-8 with two Great Lakes Valley Conference championships and an NCAA Final Four appearance. In his final season with Quincy in 2014, the team finished with a 21-2-2 overall record and the No. 3 ranking in the NSCAA top-25 poll.

During his time at Quincy, Hughes coached four All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, two GLVC Freshmen of the Year, two GLVC Defensive Players of the Year, one GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, the GLVC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and more than 20 all-conference players.
 
The Blackburn, England native enjoyed a standout career in his home country where he played for the youth teams for Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Bury FC. He played in the prestigious FA Youth Cup for Bury FC in 2003 and represented the Great Britain Catholic Schoolboys U-16 squad in Spain.
 
Hughes traveled to the United States and began his collegiate playing career at Northeastern State (Okla.) University. He led the Riverhawks in goals and points in each of his two seasons before transferring to Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where he started in every game from 2009-10.
 
After graduating from Cardinal Stritch, Hughes played one season for Whitsunday Miners FC in the Australian Soccer League second division. He helped the 2011 team record its highest finish in the league standings. The next season, Hughes played for Crewesadors FC futsal team in the UEFA English Regional North League in 2012.
 
Hughes earned his bachelor of arts degree in sports management from Cardinal Stritch in 2010 and completed his MBA from Quincy in May 2014.

He and his wife, Danielle, have two children, son George and daughter Grace, and currently reside in Glendale.
 


Bryan Ciesiulka | Assistant Coach

The 2018 season marks the first for Bryan Ciesiulka as an assistant coach on Louis Bennett's staff. Ceisiulka was a standout player at Marquette from 2010-13, earning numerous accolades on and off the pitch.

He was one of the most decorated men’s soccer student-athletes to step foot at Marquette University and the second MU player ever drafted in the MLS SuperDraft following his fourth-round selection by the Chicago Fire in 2014.
Ciesiulka completed his second coaching season at the high school level in 2018, leading the Hinsdale Central girls’ soccer team to a six-win improvement from the previous year and a run to the regional final. He received his coaching start in 2017, taking the reigns of the Proviso East High School boys’ team in 2017.

During his time as a student-athlete, Ciesiulka was a two-time All-BIG EAST performer and claimed the league’s co-midfielder of the year award in 2013. That same season, he was a Senior CLASS Award finalist and first team All-American, in addition to being selected as the BIG EAST Scholar Athlete Sport Excellence award winner. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team honoree in 2012 and an NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) Scholar All-American Third Team pick in 2013.

He led Marquette to the 2013 BIG EAST tournament title and a second-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament where the Golden Eagles marched all the way to the Sweet 16.

After being drafted by the Chicago Fire, he was released prior to the start of the 2014 season and later signed with Swedish club Gimo IF FK. He returned stateside for the 2015 season, joining USL club Saint Louis FC before entering the business world and earning his first head coaching position at Proviso East High School.

A native of Naperville, Illinois, Ciesiulka attended Neuqua Valley High School where he was named an NSCAA/Adidas All-American and the Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a senior in 2009.


Graham Shaw | Volunteer Assistant/Goalkeepers/Camps Director

The 2017 season will mark the first for Graham Shaw at Marquette University. Serving under the direction of head coach Louis Bennett, Shaw will work with the goalkeepers and direct team camps following two seasons as assistant coach at Maryville University.

In Shaw’s first season as assistant for the Saints in 2015 under current Marquette assistant Sean Hughes, he took the Maryville men’s soccer program to new heights with a single-season record for wins at the Division II level and the most shutouts in a season in program history.

In Shaw’s second season at Maryville he continued the winning trend, again breaking the single-season wins record with the highest finish in program history, as well as reaching the conference tournament for the first time at the Division II level and receiving votes in the NCAA Top-25 poll.

Shaw was responsible for all day-to-day operations, but specialized in working with the goalkeepers at Maryville, guiding them, collectively, to numerous postseason awards such as freshman of the year, two all-conference selections, two defensive player of the week honors and four consecutive clean sheets, all of which were first in the program’s history.

Prior to joining Maryville, Shaw spent four seasons at Soccer Domain Football Club in New Jersey where he served as director of goalkeeping. While in New Jersey, he was responsible for the development and training programs of all academy goalkeepers between the ages of 7-18.

Shaw also held stints at Mossley Hill F.C., Challenger Sports and Liverpool F.C. Academy. As a player, Shaw enjoyed a successful career in his native Liverpool, England, representing Tranmere Rovers F.C. Academy and Liverpool School Boys.

Shaw holds both English FA level 1 and 2 coaching certificates, as well as a UEFA B License and NSCAA Goalkeeping levels 1, 2 and 3 badges.

Shaw is currently pursuing his degree online from Southeast Missouri State University.

Shaw resides in Milwaukee with his wife, Lauren, and their miniature schnauzer, Rafa.