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2013 SPRING SCHEDULE Date 3/9/13

Opponent / Event at University of WI Milwaukee

Location Milwaukee

Time / Result 5 p.m.


University of Notre Dame vs. Valparaiso vs. W. Michigan

South Bend South Bend South Bend

2 p.m. EST 3:45 p.m. EST

4/14/13 University of Chicago Chicago vs. Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago 11 a.m. vs. U. of Chicago Chicago 12:20 p.m. 4/20/13 Chicago Cup at Loyola University Chicago vs. Loyola Chicago noon Game 2 Chicago 1:30 p.m. 3rd/4th Game Chicago 3 p.m. Championship Game Chicago 4:30 p.m. 4/28/13 at Marquette University


10 a.m.

The Blue Demon men earned the 11th-best GPA among the nation’s Division I programs The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced its men’s soccer Team Academic Award recipients for the 2012 year with DePaul earning the 11th-best grade-point average among Division I programs. Head coach Craig Blazer’s squad is one of just two BIG EAST Conference programs to make the Top 25, the other being USF. DePaul’s 3.38 team GPA ranks just .09 points behind the national leader, LIU Brooklyn (3.47). From the NSCAA, the Team Academic Award demonstrates a team’s goalcentered focus on their academic priority, recognizes and rewards all team members for commendable academic performance, adds an attractive feature to team members’ college resumes that reflects commitment, responsibility, DePaul finished with a 3.38 team GPA and discipline. The Blue Demon men join the DePaul women’s basketball team (third) and the DePaul men’s golf team (first) in the Top 25 of their respective sports.

DePaul men’s soccer is getting an early start to the 2013 exhibition spring season. So early, in fact, that the Blue Demons’ exhibition season opener at Milwaukee on March 9th actually takes place during the winter quarter. “We’re starting the whole process earlier than ever before,” DePaul coach Craig Blazer said about the eight-game exhibition season. “We’ve never had a game in the winter quarter. It will give these guys an opportunity to work together, play an early game and find out their roles and who we are as a team. “After a three-week break, we’ll regroup for our spring schedule of seven games in April. We’re looking for steady improvement led by a group of academic seniors who have played and made contributions during their time here.” DePaul will play a pair of 70-minute matches on April 7 against Valparaiso and Western Michigan at Notre Dame. The Blue Demons will face Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago on April 14 at the U. of Chicago. April 20th is the Chicago Cup with DePaul opening against the host school, Loyola. A win puts the Blue Demons in the title game and a loss into the third-place game. The exhibition season concludes with an April 28 match at Marquette. “We all want academic seniors like Thiago Ganancio, Michael Stankiewicz, Zach Forbes, Jared Blincow, Kyle Gustafson, Eric Sorby, Art Garza and Cale Hartle to finish off their careers with a winning season in the fall,” Blazer said. “I’m looking forward to their continued development and to watching them embrace their roles on the team. To read the entire story, visit


No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. 7 Jared Blincow Defender/Midfielder 5-8 165 JR 20 Joe Brinckwirth Midfielder 5-8 140 FR 15 Drew Dempsey Forward 5-10 155 FR 26 Jake Douglas Defender 5-7 146 SO 11 Zach Forbes Forward 6-4 185 JR 12 Thiago Ganancio Midfielder 5-10 155 SO 23 Art Garza Midfielder 5-10 165 JR 8 Kyle Gustafson Defender 6-1 165 SO 14 Cale Hartle Forward 5-11 155 SO 5 Jalen Harvey Defender 5-10 175 FR 33 Brian Hindle Midfielder 6-1 179 FR 28 Anthony Hunter Forward 5-9 150 SO 16 Michael Kozielek Forward 5-11 160 FR 2 Ben Lussier Defender 6-2 180 FR 3 Daniel Michallik Defender 5-11 164 FR 19 Jack Rubin Goalkeeper 6-1 150 FR 1 Eric Sorby Goalkeeper 6-2 180 JR 4 Michael Stankiewicz Midfielder 5-11 175 SO 31 Alex Wallace Defender 6-5 170 FR 24 Curtis Weir Defender/Midfielder 6-2 175 SO 13 Brandon Loncar Midfielder/Forward 5-9 160 JR

Head Coach - Craig Blazer Continuing the rise of the DePaul soccer program and entering his 11th year in 2011 is head coach Craig Blazer. In 2011, Blazer led the Blue Demons to their sixth consecutive appearance in the BIG EAST Championship tournament. That is no small feat considering the BIG EAST is among the premier soccer conferences in the nation as seven teams competed in the 2011 NCAA tournament with three BIG EAST teams advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. In addition to his current coaching duties at DePaul, he is also involved with youth soccer at all levels. He works with the Illinois Olympic Development Program as a member of the Region II staff.

Assistant Coach - Mark

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Assistant Coach - Craig Reynolds

After a season as volunteer assistant coach in 2010, Craig Reynolds was named assistant coach in April 2011. Prior to joining the DePaul staff on a full-time basis, he was on the coaching staff of the Chicago Fire Juniors since 2004.

He has worked with and studied under USA national soccer team coach Bob Bradley and former national team coach Bruce Arena. While on Virginia’s coaching staff in 2003, Reynolds was named Aflac National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was also an assistant coach with the men’s U-18 national team.

NAME: Andre Gutierrez SPORT: Men’s Soccer YEARS PARTICIPATED: 2007-2011 What does being a DePaul Letterwinner mean to you? It was a privilege and an honor wearing the DePaul name on the front of my jersey for four great years. Becoming an alumni means that I’m a part of something greater than myself and my time at DePaul is an experience that I will always cherish. Why did you choose DePaul? Urban setting and the scholarship money that was offered to me. What was your favorite memory while at DePaul? Beating UCONN at their place to advance to the Big East Final Four when they were nationally ranked. What did receiving a scholarship from DePaul mean to you? It was the difference between attending a premiere Division I institution or not going to college at all. I’m very thankful to those who made it possible starting with the Athletic Director, my coach and the rest of the staff who believed in me. What was your funniest memory at DePaul? Senior year of high school when I had my official visit I came with Willy Lara and when the freshmen at the time had to sign us in at the front desk at Uhall. Turns out Willy didn’t have any form of ID so we ended up sneaking him in through the window! Probably not a good idea but we’re graduated, so I doubt we’ll get in trouble. Brief Summary of your life from graduation till now: Already at my second job! I’ve been fortunate enough to network with the right kind of people and I’m currently working for a global leading company in the entertainment industry! Is there a recent highlight that you would like to share with Alumni and friends of DePaul Athletics? At age 22, I have already worked for two leading marketing/communications/entertainment companies not only in the US but in the world! Not a bad way to start my career. What advice would you give to a current or future student-athlete? Enjoy every moment of it. Time flies and the next thing you know you’re sitting at the Commencement ceremony with the diploma in your hands. Don’t take anything for granted and live life with no regrets.

Soccer Alumni Rich Horwath Featured in Chicago Tribune A dozen managers sat around a rectangular table at the Wit hotel in the Loop, their attention fixed on a man in an Armani suit standing in the front of the room. They waited quietly, the CTA Red Line train periodically rumbling by, until the tall, blue-eyed man spoke. When Rich Horwath did, he began with a story. “A recent Saturday morning, I’m sitting in my home office, and I’m listening to a CD I recorded on strategy,” he tells the sales managers and marketing leaders from Ferring Pharmaceuticals who had gathered in a fourth-floor conference room. “I’m just checking the CD to see if I need to make any changes. And a little while later, my (then5-year-old) son, Luke, comes in the room. And he plops down on the brown leather chair and he listens a minute. And finally, being the dad, I had to ask, ‘So, Luke, what do you think about Dad’s new CD on strategy?’ Right? I’m excited, and he pauses for a minute and says, ‘It sounds like church.’ “And so, not making that connection, I said, ‘So how is it like church?’ And he said, ‘Well, there’s a lot of talking. I don’t understand most of it. And I think I’m getting sleepy.’” Laughter erupts around the table, and with that, Horwath establishes a convivial atmosphere for the 3 1/2-hour workshop he would lead on strategic thinking. Horwath, 45, the best-selling author of “Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources and Taking Smart Action,” knows that the topic of strategy can appear theoretical and wonky, or as he puts it, “textbook-ish” and “not real-world.” But he views it more simply, as a way to combat a haphazard approach to life. Most people, he said, operate like bumper cars, bouncing from one activity to another without thinking. “In business, I think insanity is when we do the same things, the same initiatives, year after year after year and we expect miraculous new growth,” said Horwath, who runs the one-man Strategic Thinking Institute. “I call it the organizational lobotomy: working without really thinking about our work.” Horwath’s clients have included FedEx Corp., Abbott Laboratories, Kraft Foods Inc. and Motorola Inc. This spring, Google Inc. invited Horwath to its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., to speak to its employees about how they can create personal strategies for their careers. Companies, he said, are telling employees, “’Look, you’ve got to have a plan.’ We can give you the gym and the financial lessons and all that, but look, you’ve got to kind of put it all together.’” To read the entire story, visit


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