The 2018 season marks the 13th for Louis Bennett as head men’s soccer coach at Marquette University and his 23rd head coaching season overall.
Bennett boasts a long history of success, leading Milwaukee (1996-2005) and Marquette (2006-present) to a combined seven league championships, six league tournament titles and seven NCAA tournament appearances - advancing past the first round on five occasions, including a Sweet 16 appearance with the Golden Eagles in 2013.
Bennett claims an ever-expanding list of players that has now reached nearly 50, who have gone on to play professionally both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, his son, Louis Bennett II (Anorthosis Famagusta FC, now Swope Park Rangers), and C. Nortey (Akademisk Boldklub) signed with clubs in Cyprus and Denmark, respectively, in the summer of 2016.
Axel Sjoberg was Marquette’s highest MLS SuperDraft selection, taken 14th overall by the Colorado Rapids in 2015. Selected in the same draft was Charlie Lyon (LA FC; drafted by Seattle Sounders) in the fourth round to cap an impressive run of Marquette draftees, joining Bryan Ciesiulka, who was taken in the fourth by the Chicago Fire in 2012, and Calum Mallace (LA FC; drafted by Montreal Impact), who was a 20th overall pick in 2012. Meanwhile, Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) and Eric Pothast (Angelholms FF) continue their professional careers in Sweden.
Through the 2017 season, Bennett has a career record of 211-172-50 over 22 seasons, including a 76-108-33 mark in 12 seasons with Marquette. His 135 career victories at Milwaukee are the most in school history, while he currently ranks third in Marquette laurels. He has earned six League Coach of the Year honors, including five with Milwaukee and most recently in 2011 at Marquette.
He was named the NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and was honored as the College Sports Madness Coach of the Year following the Golden Eagles’ run in 2013.
Under Bennett's direction, the Golden Eagles climbed as high as No. 2 (Soccer America) -- the highest ranking in program history -- in the national polls after the squad reeled off 12 consecutive victories to open the 2012 campaign, including a thrilling 3-2 win over then No. 2-ranked Connecticut at Valley Fields on Oct. 6.
A native of Great Britain, Bennett has over 30 years of experience as a player and coach. He played collegiate soccer at Crewe & Alsager College in England, helping win the British Colleges National Championship in 1982. He was also honored as a Great Britain Colleges International Player for three years. Bennett played professional soccer for seven years in the U.S., including three seasons with the Milwaukee Wave of the NPSL (1985-87) and he has made “The Good City” his home ever since.
Bennett holds bachelor’s degrees in education with a minor in special education and coaching licenses with English FA, US NSCCA and USSF organizations.
Bennett is married to the former Julie Harper of Yorkshire, England. The couple has three children, Eston, Yve and Louis, and resides in Shorewood.