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Saint Louis University Womens Soccer
Saint Louis University Womens Soccer

 

COACHING STAFF

Vince Gentile  |  Assistant Coach

St. Louis native Vince Gentile, who joined the SLU women's soccer staff in the spring of 2013, is in his third season as a Billiken assistant coach.

In his first campaign on the sideline, Gentile helped lead Saint Louis to a second-place tie in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season standings, an improvement of 10 spots from the previous year. The Billikens, who were 5-2-1 in conference play, qualified for the A-10 Championship for the first time since 2009. In addition, four players earned A-10 postseason accolades, the most since 2009.

The 2014 Billikens won eight games, an increase of two victories over the previous season. The squad was highly competitive against the A-10's best, falling by just one goal to NCAA Championship qualifiers Dayton (overtime) and La Salle. Gentile also helped the SLU offense become more prolific; the Billikens tallied 31 goals and 31 assists, a significant increase over their 2013 totals of 19 goals and 15 assists. Several players established career scoring highs.

“Vince is an excellent member of our staff,” head coach Katie Shields said. “He has an infectious passion for the game, a tireless work ethic and a great soccer mind that our players benefit from on a daily basis.

"Vince is incredibly well connected within the St. Louis soccer community and top clubs throughout the country,” Shields said. “He is committed to re-establishing SLU women’s soccer as a championship-level program, and he is instrumental in our recruiting efforts to attract the top youth players to Saint Louis University.”

“I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the Saint Louis University women’s soccer program,” Gentile said. “I am thrilled and honored to be a member of coach Shields’ staff. Her vision is to return Billiken women’s soccer to the top 25 nationally. I share her vision and am committed to working with her to accomplish this.”

Gentile has served as a girls’ senior staff coach for St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC since 2008, and he also has filled administrative roles with the club. He has been SLSG’s 96/97 Elite ECNL girls’ head coach since 2007 and the 97/98 Elite ECNL girls’ head coach since 2011.

Gentile’s other coaching assignments with SLSG include stints as 94/95 Premier girls’ head coach (2009-11), 89/90 Blue boys’ head coach and trainer (2002-06), and 89/90 girls’ assistant coach and trainer (2005-09). The 89/90 girls’ team won a national title and was a three-time regional finalist.

From 2004-10, Gentile was the staff and program director for Total Soccer Training Academy in St. Louis. He was an assistant boys’ varsity coach at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) from 2004-06.

In 2009, Gentile was commissioned by SLSG to establish the Premier League (formerly GSLS League), which he oversees. Under his guidance, the Premier League, which serves as a primary development tool for SLSG and the local soccer community, has expanded from 45 teams at its inception to more than 200 teams.

Gentile spent four years (2008-11) overseeing SLSG’s player registration program, and he served a two-year term (2010-11) as state registrar for the Missouri Youth Soccer Association.

Prior to attending the University of Notre Dame, Gentile was a three-year letterman at St. Louis’ Christian Brothers College High School Prep. He served as co-captain and helped lead CBC to a state title in 1988.

Gentile was a member of the Region II Olympic Development Program team from 1986-88 and was in the Youth National Pool. He enjoyed success with the Busch Soccer Club, competing for the 1987 national runner-up and playing on teams that captured two regional titles and three state crowns.

Gentile is a 1994 graduate of Notre Dame, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “A” coaching license and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Diploma.

Gentile’s father, Carl, played three seasons at Saint Louis and was a member of the Billikens’ 1963 and 1965 national championship teams.


Kelly Sherwood  |  Assistant Coach

Kelly Sherwood, who served the past two seasons as a graduate assistant for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer program, is in her first season as assistant women’s soccer coach at Saint Louis University.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Billiken family,” head coach Katie Shields said. “It was really important in this hire to have someone who fits the vision of our program and the chemistry of our staff as we take the program to new heights.

“We were looking for someone with a positive and passionate mentality on a daily basis and knew that Kelly was the best candidate for the position,” Shields said. “I’m thrilled that she accepted the opportunity, and I look forward to welcoming Kelly to Saint Louis.”

Sherwood coached Valparaiso’s goalkeepers and was the recruiting coordinator for a program that enjoyed its best season in 2014. The Crusaders registered a 14-2-4 overall record that included their first-ever perfect conference mark (8-0-0); captured Horizon League regular-season and tournament championships; and battled No. 4 national seed Notre Dame to the wire in an NCAA Championship first-round game before falling 1-0.

Under Sherwood’s guidance, Valparaiso achieved national rankings of fifth in goals against average (0.43), fifth in save percentage (.885) and 11th in shutout percentage (.600) in 2014 while posting a school-record 12 shutouts.

Sherwood also has been an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach with the FC Pittsburgh club program; an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Chatham (Pa.) University; and a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Kent State University.

Sherwood ranks first in minutes, second in wins and shutouts, third in saves and sixth in GAA on Kent State’s career goalkeeping lists. She was a team captain as a fifth-year senior in 2011 when the Golden Flashes won the Mid-American Conference East regular-season championship.
Sherwood recently completed work on a master’s degree in sports administration at Valparaiso. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in athletic coaching at Kent State.


Jessie Jarrett  |  Senior Graduate Manager

Former Billiken Jessie Jarrett is serving the Saint Louis women’s soccer team as senior graduate manager while pursuing a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at the University.

A defender, Jarrett earned a place on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team and was chosen Saint Louis’ Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2013. She tallied a career-high four goals that year, including two game-winners, and helped lead SLU to a second-place tie in the A-10 regular-season standings.

Jarrett played in 72 of SLU’s 74 games during her four seasons, and her 57 starting assignments included the final 45 games of her career. She finished with seven goals (three game-winners) and three assists.

Jarrett was named to the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.5 GPA) in six of her eight undergraduate semesters. She graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders.