Alec Dufty Added to UIC Soccer Staff

Alec Dufty
Alec Dufty

May 9, 2012

CHICAGO - UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillips announced the addition of former Major League Soccer (MLS) goalkeeper Alec Dufty to the Flames' coaching staff Wednesday. Dufty will serve as the program's Volunteer Assistant Coach.

"We are very excited to be adding a great young coach like Alec to our staff," said head coach Sean Phillips. "His positive influence on our goalkeepers was evident very quickly as he began to work with Piotr and Goran during the second part of our spring season. Our young but talented group of goalkeepers this fall will benefit greatly from his experiences as a professional and top level college goalkeeper."

Dufty served three stints as a goalkeeper in the MLS, playing for the Chicago Fire (Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011), Columbus Crew (May-Nov. 2009) and New York Red Bulls (Jan.-April 2009). The 25-year old Dufty (3-11-87) also played for AC St. Louis of the North American Soccer League (Feb.-Oct. 2011), where he served as the club's captain and was named the Most Valuable Player.

Collegiately, Dufty was the starting goalkeeper and team captain in a four-year (2005-08) career at Evansville, where he garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades three times (2006-08). He was also a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team in preparation for the U-20 World Cup. During his college years, Dufty also played with Raleigh Elite in the USL Premier Development League.

Dufty coached the Chicago Fire Juniors goalkeepers from May-August 2010, mentoring 10-18 year olds, including several Division I goalkeeping prospects. The Raleigh, N.C., native also served as a soccer camp counselor and instructor at both Duke and Evansville during his collegiate playing days.