Kris Bertsch | Assistant Coach
Kris Bertsch, widely renowned as one of the top assistant coaches in the country, was named assistant coach of the Saint Louis University men's soccer program in June 2018.
Bertsch, whose 10-year collegiate coaching career includes stops at Louisville, Xavier, Syracuse and Connecticut, was most recently part of the Academy staff at Major League Soccer's Atlanta United FC.
“I would like to welcome Kris, Julie and Kaden to the Saint Louis University family," SLU head coach Kevin Kalish said at the time of Bertsch's hire. "Throughout our interview process, we were looking for a specific person who embraced the values of SLU, our athletic department and men’s soccer program, while also adding to the culture to bring out the very best in our players. Kris has a wealth of experience in college soccer, while also having worked in Major League Soccer and the Development Academy. He has tremendous character and drive to win championships, graduate our student-athletes and be involved in the St. Louis community. Kris will be heavily involved in all aspects of our program. He is an incredible coach and recruiter, and most importantly, a quality person."
“I would like to first thank Head Men’s Soccer Coach Kevin Kalish for the first class interview process," Bertsch said at the time of his hire. "From the moment Kevin and I spoke about the future of the Saint Louis soccer program, it was very clear we shared the same views that winning is and always will be the byproduct of doing things the right way. We both believe in building a culture of excellence and surrounding ourselves with great people to make that happen.
“I’d also like to thank Vice President of Student Development Dr. Kent Porterfield, Director of Athletics Chris May, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Janet Oberle and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Katie Shields for their support and belief in bringing me into the Billiken family. I am excited to share my knowledge of the game, passion for building strong relationships, and desire to succeed to help shape the future of Saint Louis soccer.”
Bertsch has been routinely heralded as one of the top assistant coaches in the country. College Soccer News named him one of the Top 15 Assistant Coaches in the country for three consecutive seasons (2013-15). He was part of the BIG EAST Conference's Coaching Staff of the Year in 2014, and in 2011 was tabbed the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Hired by Atlanta United FC in the summer of 2016, Bertsch was an integral part of the academy staff ver the last two years whose sole purpose was to develop professional players for their USL franchise and first team in MLS. Atlanta United FC was the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy national champion in 2016-17, and Bertsch helped to develop more than 25 Atlanta United players to earn youth national team invitations.
At the NCAA level, Bertsch spent five seasons at Xavier, including the last three (2012-14) as Associate Head Coach. During his tenure at Xavier, the Musketeers advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, their first appearances in school history.
Bertsch spent one year as an assistant at Syracuse (2009) and Louisville (2015). He was the Director of Soccer Operations at Connecticut, serving a four-year tenure in Storrs from 2005 to 2008. During that time, the Huskies advanced to four straight NCAA Tournaments.
Bertsch was a four-year starting midfielder at American University, where he earned a marketing degree in 2003. He holds a United States Soccer Federation National 'A' Coaching License.
Kevin Stoll | Assistant Coach
Kevin Stoll, a St. Louis native and a former player of Kevin Kalish, was hired as an assistant coach of the Saint Louis University men's soccer team in July 2018.
“I would like to welcome Kevin, Emily, Lily and Landon to SLU," Kalish said at the time of Stoll's hire. “We are extremely excited to have Kevin join our staff. He will be the perfect mentor for our players on and off the field. Kevin has a tremendous tactical mind and his passion for individual development is as good as I have seen in the coaching profession. He has a special way of connecting and igniting players to help them reach their full potential.
“One of our objectives as a program is to make sure the best players in St. Louis are wearing a Billiken jersey,” said Kalish. “We believe Kevin’s experience in St. Louis soccer, and as a lifelong St. Louisan, will assist in that process. He will help us achieve our mission of graduating our student-athletes, winning championships and being actively involved in the St. Louis community.”
Stoll recently served as the Director of Scouting and Recruitment at Saint Louis FC and the club’s U19 Academy Head Coach. His role included identifying and recruiting top talent from around the country to join the Saint Louis FC Academy program, while also coaching the club’s top academy team.
“I would personally like to thank Chris May, Janet Oberle and Kevin Kalish for giving me this incredible opportunity to be a part of Saint Louis University’s storied men’s soccer program,” Stoll said at the time of his hire. “My family and I are grateful and thrilled to join the Billiken family.
“I also want to thank Pat Barry, Jeremy Alumbaugh, Dale Schilly and Blake Decker for my years with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Saint Louis FC,” Stoll said. “The club is a first-class organization with a tremendous culture and people. I am so thankful and appreciative for my time there as a player and a coach.”
Stoll, a former standout at SIUE, also played for Kalish in his senior season, where he served as team captain. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.
In prior years, Stoll was the head coach of Saint Louis FC’s U23 team, which competed in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) each summer and also had a brief stint as an assistant coach for the Saint Louis FC first team in the 2016-17 season.
“I am excited to join this incredible staff that (Coach Kalish) has put together,” remarked Stoll of his appointment. “I can’t wait to get started, to get to know the players and begin developing relationships with the entire SLU community.”
Tim Kelly | Goalkeeper Coach
Tim Kelly began his third stint as the Billikens' goalkeepers coach in August 2013.
A highly respected keepers coach not just in the St. Louis area but nationally, Kelly served the Billikens from 2005-06, then again in 2009.
During his first stint at SLU as a part-time coach, Kelly guided veteran keeper Jeff Sackman to nine victories and a 1.27 GAA in 2005. In 2006, he mentored freshman Ross Kaufman, who posted a 12-3-1 record and a 0.81 GAA, as SLU advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Kelly returned to the Billiken staff in 2009 as SLU’s first full-time goalkeepers coach. That year, Kaufman posted a 1.17 GAA as the Billikens won the Atlantic 10 Conference title and again advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Billikens’ current goalkeeper, senior Sascha Otte, ranks among the NCAAA’s active leaders in career shutouts.
Kelly currently serves as the director of goalkeepers for St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. Additionally, Kelly was as an assistant for the St. Louis Athletica women’s professional team in 2009-10, with whom he coached U.S. National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo. He has also worked with keepers Dominic Cervi, Joe Willis and numerous other NCAA Division I student-athletes.
A native of St. Louis, Kelly played professionally for the Kansas City Wizards (MLS) in 1997 and the Arizona Sahuaros (USL) in 1998.
Joseph Wyland | Director of Operations
Joseph Wyland is in his first season as Director of Soccer Operations for the Saint Louis University men's soccer program.
In the position, Wyland assists in numerous aspects of the program, including travel and gameday preparations.
In addition to his duties at SLU, Wyland coaches at St. Louis Scott Gallagher. He began at the club in 2013, and is currently the youth director for St. Louis Scott Gallagher – Illinois for the 2009-2011 birth years.
In 2013, Wyland was tasked with scouting the St. Charles area to help in the formation of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Mid-Rivers. More recently, he coached a Youth Elite team for St. Louis Scott Gallagher and served as a scout for the United Soccer League's Saint Louis FC.
Wyland holds a United States Soccer Federation C License, along with a United Soccer Coaches Director of Coaching and Advance National diplomas.
Santiago Castillo Venegas | Graduate Student Manager
Santiago Castillo Venegas is in his first season as Graduate Student Manager on the Saint Louis University men's soccer staff.
In the position, Castillo Venegas assists the program in several areas, most notably film breakdown of games and training sessions.
Castillo Venegas joined Saint Louis FC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher as Director of Video Analysis in 2015. In addition, he served as an academy Assistant Coach.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Castillo Venegas played collegiate soccer at Lindenwood-Belleville, where he also earned a Sports Management degree. Castillo Venegas is currently pursing a master's degree in the School of Education at Saint Louis University. He also holds a Master en Preparación Física y Readaptación en Fútbol from Universidad Pablo de Olavide.
Castillo Venegas has a United States Soccer Federation D license, and is currently enrolled in USSF C license program. He also holds a UEFA B coaching license.