Beloit, WI – Duncan Gillis, a 2014 Beloit College graduate and four-year letterwinner on the Buccaneer Men’s Soccer team, has been named the Assistant Coach for the Men’s Soccer program. Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tim Schmiechen announced the appointment recently.
Gillis was with the team last season as a part-time assistant coach while he finished his academic requirements.
He graduated from Beloit last Spring Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Spanish and Education and Youth Studies and a Philosophy minor. He completed his degree with student teaching at Beloit Memorial High School during the 2014-15 school year, advancing from assisting and observing to full-time teaching. He served as the lead teacher for the second half of the semester, handling all teaching, grading, lesson planning and communication with parents. He also acted as part of the Foreign Languages department professional development collaborative team.
During the 2014 season with the Bucs he assisted in designing practice sessions and helped determine training objectives, provided tactical analysis before and during games and handled administrative issues.
Gillis’ prior coaching experience, in addition to his season with the Buccaneers, were as an assistant coach for Impact United Soccer Club and Joga Futebol Clube in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Nevada, from 2009-14.
Gillis 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 while serving a big leadership role on the squad.
He will assist Schmiechen in all facets of the Buccaneer Men’s Soccer program, with a concentration on recruiting. Gillis began his duties the first week of March.