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Kevin Kalish

Former SIU Edwardsville coach Kevin Kalish (right) is the new soccer coach at St. Louis University. (SIUE Athletics photo / siuecougars.com)

Kevin Kalish led Southern Illinois Edwardsville's transition to Division I soccer before leaving college coaching to work in the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club.

He now will put his vast local connections and D-I experience to work at St. Louis University, which has named Kalish as its next coach.

"I look forward to working with the entire University and athletics department staff to build a culture of excellence where we educate our student-athletes, compete for championships regularly and build community," Kalish said in a statement. "It’s an exciting time for Saint Louis University men’s soccer, and I am looking forward to getting started with the players."

The former SLU player and first-team All-American will replace Mike McGinty and attempt to return the Billikens to the NCAA Tournament after a three-year absence.

Kalish had a record of 49-46-16 at SIUE from 2008 to 2013 before deciding to leave. He has been working as the Missouri boys program director for Scott Gallagher.

Kalish, 40, attended Aquinas-Mercy before signing with the University of Connecticut, where he played for two years. He transfered to SLU for his final two seasons and was an assistant coach for the Billikens in 2000 before moving to SIUE.