By Kelsey Whaley, St. Catherine University
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Over the years, the St. Catherine University soccer team has established itself as one of the top programs in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and the northern region. Next season, the Wildcats will continue that tradition with a new coach at the helm, as Jesus (Jesse) Campos was named the next head coach of St. Kate's soccer program, athletic director Eric Stacey announced Wednesday.
"I am thrilled to have Coach Campos join our department," Stacey said Wednesday, "I am confident he will work hard to build on the success of our soccer program and create a great, positive environment for our student-athletes."
Campos joins the Wildcat soccer program after spending the past five years at Macalester College. As an assistant coach with the Scots women's soccer program, Campos assisted with day- to-day operations, including recruiting, budgeting, team training, scouting and game film analysis.
In addition to his experience at Macalester, Campos currently serves as the Academy Director of the REV Soccer Club in Rosemount, Minnesota. As Academy Director, Campos manages the various teams, coaches, and athletes that participate in the club and also assists with the academy's marketing and growth and development plans. Campos also worked in a similar roll with the Woodbury Soccer Club, where he was the College Advising Director and head coach for various club teams from 2013-16.
"I am very excited to join the Wildcat family," Campos said in a statement. "Thank you to Athletic Director Eric Stacey and the rest of the hiring committee for giving me this great opportunity to lead such an amazing group of young women. I also owe a big thanks to Michele Cornish who has mentored me and supported the growth of my coaching career for the past 5 years. I can't wait to begin working with the team and building upon the recent success of the program. "
Before joining Macalester's staff, Campos served as an assistant coach at Cretin-Derham Hall and for various youth programs and club teams in the Twin Cities area. He was also an assistant coach for the men's club soccer team at University of California-Irvine. Campos graduated from UC-Irvine in 2006.