Beloit, WI – Duncan Gillis, a 2014 Beloit College graduate, has been promoted to the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Beloit College after serving as an assistant coach for three years, the last two as the program’s top assistant.
Duncan steps in for Tim Schmiechen, who ended a 26-season run as the Head Coach earlier this week.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to take over the men's soccer program,” said Gillis. “I'd like to thank Tim Schmiechen and Christina Klawitter for giving me the opportunity. I could not have asked for a better mentor than Tim, and learned a great deal from him both as a player and as his assistant coach. This is a very exciting time to take over the program. We have a very talented group of players, and I am confident that this is the group to bring Beloit College men's soccer back to the level of tremendous success it has known in the past."
Gillis, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a team captain during his playing days, earned Second Team All-Midwest Conference honors as a forward during his senior season for the Buccaneers. In 49 career games he had three goals and an assist.
At his commencement, Gillis won the Martha Peterson Prize, named after Beloit College's seventh president and awarded to a student who best exemplifies the college's liberal arts traditions as a student and active contributor to the campus community.
“We are very excited to have Duncan accept our offer to be the next Head Men's Soccer Coach at Beloit College,” said Schmiechen. “Duncan has proved to be an outstanding recruiter, an excellent teacher of the game, and a wonderful mentor to help our team achieve success both on the field and in the classroom. His work ethic and passion for Beloit College and its mission will make him the perfect person to take over our men's soccer program.”
The Buccaneers open the 2017 season on September 1 at Edgewood College in Madison.