The SVSU Athletic Department has hired Louis Barrow as the head coach of the Cardinal men’s soccer program, according to a press release from Wednesday, April 24.
Barrow has served as an assistant coach under former head coach Andy Wagstaff, who resigned in January. He also played for SVSU in 2015 and 2016, again under Wagstaff.
“I cannot stress enough the extent to which Andy Wagstaff and Luke Ruff helped mold me into the coach that I am today,” Barrow stated in the press release. “I feel with my experience working alongside them and being a part of this program the past four seasons, we are positioned for great success.”
The program has seen tremendous success over the past several years, including six trips to the NCAA playoffs in the past seven years, the press release stated.
Most recently, in 2018, the team reached the Round of 16 in the playoffs. The Cardinals have also won the GLIAC regular season championship in two of the past three seasons.
“Louis will relate well with our players, having been a member of our program himself,” Athletic Director John Decker stated in the press release. “He also is an ardent student of the game. This knowledge and his desire to excel at this level will help carry on the fine tradition of our program.”
With a talented roster returning for 2019 and a strong recruiting class, Barrow will look to build upon the success the program has seen in recent years.
“I am delighted to be the head coach of the men’s soccer program and am eager to get started with the lads,” Barrow stated in the press release. “With the players that we have returning and the caliber of the prospects we have coming in, I am confident we can continue the tremendous success of this program on the regional and national level.”