Steve (Coach Adlard) was a teacher of the game from the minute he showed up in Evansville until the day he left the soccer world as a Legend of the sport he loved. Coach Adlard is a local Legend, but more importantly, he touched players all across the country! Coach, I miss you every day!
Steven Adlard was at the center of the University of Evansville’s transition into a national power in the mid-1980s. He helped Coach Schmalz guide the Aces to their first-ever # 1l NCAA D1 ranking. My love for the game and goalkeeping exploded during my first ever session with Coach Adlard. I remember standing on the old UE practice field in the rain with a couple of other GKs, Bryan Bose and Jon Halliwill Legends in their own right.
In 1986 he moved into his first head coaching position at Davis & Elkins. He then moved on to the University of North Carolina Asheville; even though Steve had moved away, he still found time to train me when he came back to Evansville, Olympic Development Program training and various camps throughout the country.
Coach Adlard took the reigns at Marquette University in 1991, where our relationship grew even more, Leading us to a 16-6-1 season and the #23 ranked team in the country my senior year. No surprise that the Legend was named the 1993 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. During his time as a Golden Eagle, he won 140 games.
After his tenure at Marquette Coach, Adkard moved to Idaho and became DOC for Idaho. He eventually moved back to Milwaukee and continued coaching youth soccer for FC Wisconsin until he lost his battle with cancer.
-University of Evansville 1982-86
-Davis & Elkins 1986-88
-University North Carolina Asheville 1988-91
-Marquette University 1991-2005 Two-time 1997/2000 Conference USA champs,
first-ever NCAA tourney appearance. Ranked as high as #7 NCAA D1
-Olympic Development Program Region 2/4 Coach
-Technical Director of Coaching Idaho
-FC Wisconsin GK coach and staff coach
US Soccer “A” license
NSCAA Advanced National
US national Youth license
US soccer national instructional staff license