March 29, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Men’s soccer assistant coach Phil Presser is stepping down from his position at Wisconsin to become the Director of the Indiana Fire Developmental Academy effective April 1. Presser spent the past three seasons on staff with the Badgers.
“Coach Presser will be leaving Wisconsin for a unique opportunity back in his home state of Indiana with the Indiana Fire Academy,” head coach John Trask said. “Phil is one of the finest coaches who I've had a chance to work with in my career.”
Presser was hired as an assistant coach after Trask took helm of the program in 2010. Prior to that, Presser worked with Trask as an assistant at Illinois-Chicago during the 2005 season.
“I would like to thank John Trask and the UW athletic department for the opportunity to work with talented athletes,” Presser said. “The commitment toward the men’s soccer program from coach Trask and the UW athletic department is first class. I wish UW and the men soccer program the best.”
“While excited on a personal level for Phil and his family, he will be greatly missed by our players and the athletic department,” Trask added. “I owe Phil many thanks for the years he has spent assisting me and I know that bright things are in his future.”
The search for a permanent replacement will begin immediately.
“We have a great group of players and are very excited about the incoming guys and next season,” Trask continued. “Finding the right person to join Keith Tiemeyer and myself here at Wisconsin is my main concern, and I look forward to the process of finding the right candidate.”
The Badgers are 1-0 in their spring season after defeating Green Bay, 2-0, on March 15. Wisconsin will play its second of six spring games on Saturday, April 6, at Western Illinois.