Ross Cain
Ross Cain

Director of Soccer Operations

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Ross Cain is in his ninth year with the UIC soccer program and first as the Flames' volunteer assistant coach.

Cain has been on the staff since 2006 after completing an outstanding four-year playing career at UIC in 2005. He served as the Flames' undergraduate assistant coach for the 2006 NCAA Tournament squad before becoming the director of soccer operations for three seasons, contributing to UIC's 2007 NCAA Elite Eight and 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 runs.

Cain started 37 games between the posts for the Flames, finishing his career with a record of 19-13-2 to go with 194 saves and a career goals-against average of 1.64. He earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors after starting 18 games in goal as a rookie in 2002, tying a UIC single-season record with six clean sheets.

In 2003 the Rochester, Minn., native ranked first in the Horizon League in saves with 97 stops, also topping the conference rankings in save percentage (.815) while averaging nearly six saves a match. Cain's 97 saves also ranked 14th in the entire nation.

In addition to his responsibilities at UIC, Cain has made a name for himself in the local club soccer scene. He is currently the Director of Coaching for Chicago United FC.


2005: Started one game in goal for the Flames...played the first 72 minutes against Centenary on Oct. 2.

2004: Started two games between the posts...made 14 saves...allowed five goals...started the season opener at Denver on Sept. 3, making six saves in the second period for a grand total of seven...started the Flames' home opener against DePaul on Sept. 15, stopping seven shots.

2003: Started 17 games in goal for the Flames...ranked first in the Horizon League in total saves (97) and save percentage (.815) while ranking second in saves per game (5.71)...allowed a paltry 1.38 goals against average...finished the season ranked 14th in the nation in saves...blanked Marquette on Sept. 3...held Northwestern scoreless on Oct. 21...teamed with Roman Tulis to shutout Northern Illinois on Oct. 8...nabbed a season-best nine saves three times during the campaign...stopped nine shots against Centenary on Sept. 5...tabbed nine saves in a 3-1 victory over Detroit on Oct. 24...grabbed nine shots-on-goal at San Francisco on Nov. 2...held Wright State scoreless for 103 minutes in the Horizon League Tournament quarterfinals...49 saves in seven conference contests were tops in the league.

2002: Started in goal in 18 games as a rookie for UIC...earned All-Horizon League Newcomer Team recognition after the season...posted a 10-7-0 record with a 1.83 goals against average...tied a UIC single-season record at the time with six shutouts...made a career-best 10 saves in UIC's 4-1 loss to New Mexico on Sept. 8...finished the year with 82 saves.

Prep/Personal: Four-year letterwinner as a goalkeeper at Mayo High School in Rochester, his two years as a starter, helped guide Mayo to back-to-back Big 9 Conference titles in 2000 and a junior he ranked first in the state for keepers with a 16-3-1 record, a 0.52 goals-against average, and 12 shutouts...made 102 saves that his senior campaign, posted a 16-1-2 record in goal with a 0.61 GAA and 125 saves, which ranked third in the state...earned All-Big 9 Conference recognition in 2001...also lettered one year on the basketball team at Mayo...son of Michael and Kimberly Cain...born on November 18, 1983...majored in exercise and fitness.


			GP  Minutes    GA  GaAvg Saves   W   L   T  Sho
  2002................  18  1479:00    30   1.83    82  10   7   0    6
  2003................  17  1431:43    22   1.38    97   8   5   2    1
  2004................   3   197:38     5   2.28    14   1   1   0    0
  2005................   1    71:45     1   1.25     1   1   0   0    0
  TOTAL...............  39  3180:06    58   1.64   194  20  13   2    7