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Soccer Alumni Meeting a Success



CHICAGO - The Allstate Arena and men's basketball game on Tues., Feb. 26, was the scene of a very successful evening for alumni, family and university officials to discuss the future plans of the DePaul Soccer Program. During the meeting the program received a pledge of $1,400 towards Kickoff 2002.

The gathering marked the first formal function of head coach Craig Blazer since athletic director Bill Bradshaw handed him the program on Nov. 19, 2001. Blazer was encouraged by the alumni and booster gathering and is excited about the future of the DePaul soccer program.

"I wanted to officially welcome everyone involved in the DePaul Soccer Program, present my plan for the future and discuss how we can operate and implement a better program," said Blazer. "The response was great and I'm encouraged that there are a number of people who care about the success of the program. We established an official alumni committee to serve as a link to facilitate communication with the university alumni, boosters and families. I want everyone to feel that this is their program and their school, and we should do everything we can to make it successful."

Any alumni or friend of the soccer program should contact the designated representatives to be a part of the Alumni Committee and confirm your name, address and email.

Alumni Committee
1984-87 - Jack Cummins
lawjjc@aol.com - (312) 464-9842

1988-92 - TBD

1993-96 - Chris Sell
sell@mhslake.net - (773) 271-4076

1997-current - Joe Ahearn
jahearn@ussoccer.org - (312) 808-1300

Family Coordinator - Bob Kruse
Bkruse@peapod.com - (708) 354-0116

Next Event
The Spring Alumni Game will be the next event on Sat., April 20, at Moody Bible College.

10:00 a.m. - Moody Bible Varsity vs. DePaul Varsity
11:30 a.m. - Moody Bible Alumni vs. DePaul Alumni

There will be luncheon following the game. For more information, contact the DePaul soccer office at (773) 325-7231.

2002 DePaul Spring Schedule
Sunday, April 7
Muscatine Soccer Complex - Muscatine, Iowa
1:30 p.m. - Drake vs. DePaul
3 p.m. - Western Illinois vs. DePaul

Saturday, April 13
Marquette Tournament
11 a.m. - UW-Oshkosh vs. DePaul
1:30 p.m. - UW-Milwaukee vs. DePaul
2:45 p.m. - Marquette vs. DePaul

Saturday, April 20
DePaul vs. Moody Bible
10 a.m. - Moody Bible varsity vs. DePaul varsity
11:30 a.m. - Moody Bible alumni vs. DePaul alumni

Saturday, April 27
Northern Illinois Tournament
10 a.m. - Northern Illinois vs. DePaul
11:30 a.m. - DePaul vs. Milliken

Kickoff 2002
Kickoff 2002 is the soccer program's new campaign drive initiated to help offset travel costs, recruiting and other expenses necessary to financially operate in Conference USA. Any size donation is greatly appreciated and additional information regarding the campaign will be available soon. Donations can be made out to the DePaul University Soccer Program and sent to: Men's Soccer Office, DePaul Athletic Center, 2323 North Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.

Blazer would like to thank those that attending the inaugural alumni meeting: Joe Ahearn '99, Jason Braschayko '97, Jack Cummins '87, Mark Hasemeier '93, Anthony Horton '96, Hovannes Kasperian '86, Bob Kruse, Joe Owerko '85, Chris Sell '96, Dan Stokes '98, Cedric Thompson '95, Dusan Colakovic '83, John Savic, Joe Rueve, John Wilson, Gordon Thomson and Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto.