Sine DK recently complained about the dearth of Eph sports-related posts, I thought I would give an update on the ever-growing group of impressive Eph soccer alums. It’s been an amazing year for the Eph men’s soccer community.

First, the Williams soccer team made it to the NCAA elite eight for the second year in a row, and could easily have advanced further. At least three members of that team are aspiring pros: all-american Dana Leary ’07, all-american Josh Bolton ’06 and Nick Armington ’06, who was the only Division III player on the MLS draft-eligible list (he was not drafted). Armington recently authored an interesting series of articles on his efforts to land a pro gig in Iceland.
Meanwhile, Khari Stephenson ’04, a member of the Jamaican national team, recently signed a contract with a team in the Swedish Premier League. Stephenson, along with Dan Calichman ’90 and Alex Blake ’03, is a former MLS player.

An earlier generation of Ephs is excelling in the college coaching ranks. Erin Sullivan ’96 may be a little too good at coaching, as his Western New England squad handed the Ephs one of only three defeats on the season. Sullivan was the goalkeeper for the only Eph soccer team to win a national title. Meanwhile, Calichman, the most prominent Eph soccer alum, has put together an outstanding record in his four years as coach of Claremont McKenna’s soccer program.

A pretty amazing run of professional success for a Division III program — speaks volumes about the caliber of instruction from long-time head coach (and four-time national coach of the year) Mike Russo.

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