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Wisconsin adds two to coaching staff


May 1, 2013

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Stan Anderson Ian Sarachan

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men's soccer team has added Stan Anderson and Ian Sarachan to the coaching staff, head coach John Trask announced on Wednesday. Sarachan will serve as an assistant coach while Anderson joins as a volunteer assistant coach to work with the goalkeepers.

Anderson comes to Wisconsin after a season at Loyola, and Sarachan enters the college scene after breaking into coaching as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy's U-14, U-16 and U-18 teams.

"Ian and Stan's background in the game speaks to the quality each will bring to their respective positions. Stan's background in goalkeeper training and steady leadership for our goalkeeping core will bring out the best in each keeper on the team," Trask said. "I have no doubt that Ian will be a huge asset for the existing team and continue to help build this program by using his network to attract top players to the University of Wisconsin."

Anderson brings a wealth of experience, a reputation as a strong recruiter and a phenomenal history of training goalkeepers to UW. A 17-year coaching veteran, Anderson has spent 16 of those years coaching in the state of Wisconsin.

Anderson's coaching career began with a 10-year stint as assistant coach at Milwaukee, during which he guided the Panthers to five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and helped keeper Grant Fernstrum lead Division I in goals-against-average in 2005 (.466 GAA). Anderson then moved across town to Marquette, where he was associate head coach for six years and was named a top assistant coach in the country by College Soccer News in 2010. He spent last season as an assistant coach at Loyola (Chicago).

In addition to his strong track record with keepers and on-field coaching, Anderson is also well-known for his recruiting prowess and community outreach efforts. Called "one of the best, if not the best, recruiters in the country" by Loyola head coach Brendan Eitz, Anderson will bolster the Badgers' efforts on the recruiting trail. He oversaw several successful community programs, including a five-week Soccer Mom Camp, which raised over $5,000 for breast cancer while also promoting soccer for adult women.   

Sarachan is the son of Dave Sarachan, a longtime MLS and U.S. National Team coach, and has been coaching professionally since last year. He was a star midfielder at UIC under Trask, and was a major contributor during the Flames' run to the Elite Eight during the 2007 season.

Immediately after his playing days ended, Sarachan founded and ran SPORTing Smiles, a nonprofit that collects and distributes sporting equipment to underprivileged areas. In addition to running his charity, Sarachan broke into the professional coaching ranks as an assistant coach for the Galaxy's U-14 and U-16 teams in July, 2012, and was named assistant coach of the Galaxy's U-18 team in January.

"The addition of Ian as a full time assistant will benefit all members of the team, Ian played for some of my most talented teams at UIC," Trask said. "Ian scored some of the biggest goals in our run to an Elite Eight appearance while manning the midfield during his four-year career. I look forward to seeing Ian and his wife, Rea become part of the Madison community."

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