Coach Scott Ebke enters his fifth year as the head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was appointed the position in July of 2008 becoming the fourth women's soccer coach in the programs 14 year history.
Ebke (pronounced Eb-Key) joined the Golden Eagles from Iowa State where he served several positions in his five seasons with the Cyclones, most recently as Interim Head Coach.
Last season, Ebke's goalkeepers helped re-write the Southern Miss record books as senior Hannah Vanderboegh set a school record for saves in a season (107) and moved into the top three on the school's all-time saves chart. Additionally, Ebke's team garnered its second consecutive NSCAA Team Academic medal for having one of the highest GPAs in the nation among all Division 1 soccer teams.
Academics have always been at the forefront of Ebke's squads as they have been among the best in the classroom among Southern Miss' other athletic teams, within C-USA and the nation. In each of Ebke's seasons in the Hub City, his team has ranked among the school's best in academic performance. He has also produced multiple C-USA All-Academic team members including Caitlin Leumas (2010, 2011) and Elisha Tarbell (2010). Leumas also was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team in 2011, a new honor for the Golden Eagles.
Bringing fans and excitement to the program has also been a hallmark of Ebke's tenure. Of the school's highest attended games, four of the top six came in the four-year span the Johnston, Iowa native has been at the helm.
Ebke enters his 16th year of collegiate coaching overall in 2012. He has previously coached at Mississippi State and Nebraska before joining the Iowa State program in the spring of 2003.
He played a significant part of the Cyclone soccer program's rise to national notoriety in recent years. His work as a coach and recruiter was a major factor in ISU's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2005.
At Iowa State, Ebke played a key role in the on-the-field and academic development of Cyclone student-athletes.
In 2007, the Cyclones surrendered only 18 goals on the season, the fewest in school history and two players earned All- Big 12 honors. In the classroom, eight players earned Academic All- Big 12 and two players were selected Academic All- District by COSIDA/ESPN the Magazine.
In 2006, the Cyclones also brought in a nationally recognized recruiting class.
In addition to his on field duties, Ebke served as assistant recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator. He also oversaw scouting, equipment and strength and conditioning, as well as video breakdown of the Cyclones and their opponents.
Ebke spent the 2000-02 seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs captured the Southeastern Conference West Division title in 2001, earning the first conference title by any women's program at Mississippi State. The team had two players named to the All-SEC team as well.
Before his stint at MSU, Ebke served as a student and volunteer assistant coach at the University of Nebraska for three seasons. The Cornhuskers advanced to the NCAA Tournament and Big 12 Tournament each season.
Ebke earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Nebraska in 1999. He is accredited with a "B" coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation, a goalkeeping license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and is a NSCAA member.
Ebke and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Mckinleigh and Aniston. Jennifer is a native of Brandon, Miss.
EBKE QUICK FACTS:
Professional Playing Experience:
1997- 1998- Lincoln Brigade Professional Soccer Club USISL
Graduated from University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 1999
Iowa State University Women's Soccer Team
2007-08 Interim Head Coach
2006-07 Associate Head Coach
2003-06 Assistant Head Coach
Mississippi State University Women's Soccer Team
2000-2003 Assistant Coach
University of Nebraska- Lincoln
1998-2000 Student Assistant
1997-98 Volunteer Assistant
2007 Big 12 Tournament - Associate Head Coach- Iowa State
2005 NCAA Tournament - Assistant Head Coach- Iowa State
2005 Big 12 Tournament - Assistant Head Coach- Iowa State
2004 Big 12 Tournament - Assistant Head Coach- Iowa State
2001 SEC Tournament - Assistant Head Coach - Mississippi State