Head Men's Soccer Coach
Evan Philpott begins his second season in charge of the Illinois College men's soccer program in 2020. Previously, Philpott had led the Jacksonville High School boys' soccer program since 2012.
Shortly after a four-year playing career at Eastern Illinois University, Philpott took over as the head coach at Jacksonville High School. In seven seasons with the Crimsons, Philpott won more than 100 matches, earned a Central State Eight title, won two regionals, and took the 2016 team to the state tournament where they finished fourth in Class 2A.
In his tenure, 54 members of the JHS program earned all-conference honors and he was the recipient of two IHSSCA Region 7 Coach of the Year awards. In 2019, Philpott was inducted into the Jacksonville High School Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was named the IHSSCA Region 7 Person of the Year in 2018.
A 2011 graduated of Eastern Illinois, Philpott is currently pursuing a Master's of Sports Science degree in Coaching from the United States Sports Academy. He also holds a USC Advanced National Diploma, a U.S. Youth Soccer License, and has a USSF "D" License.
Assistant Men's & Women's Soccer Coach
Josh Alcala has been named the new assistant coach for men's and women's soccer at Illinois College beginning with the 2020 season. Alcala joins IC after completing a graduate assistantship position at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for the past two seasons.
A four-year soccer player at the University of South Carolina, Alcala earned all-conference honors in Conference USA and played in three NCAA Tournaments. After his collegiate career, he played professionally for Crystal Palace FC (Baltimore) and the Austin Aztex in the United Soccer League.
He began his coaching career in 2015 and then left the Austin area, becoming a head coach for the club program Chicago Fire Juniors in 2017. He spent 2017 as an assistant coach at Purdue University-Northwest before joining UW-Parkside for the past two years.
Alcala graduated from South Carolina in 2006 with a degree in Media Arts. He will be graduating from Parkside in May with a Master's degree in Sport Management.