Ross Cain Returns to Men's Soccer Staff as Volunteer Assistant

Ross Cain
Ross Cain
Aug. 18, 2014

CHICAGO - UIC head men's soccer coach Sean Phillips announced on Monday that former goalkeeper Ross Cain has rejoined the Flames' coaching staff as the volunteer assistant. After starting in goal for the Flames from 2002-05, Cain served as the undergraduate assistant in 2006 before acting as the director of soccer operations for four seasons.

"I am very excited about adding Ross to our staff," Phillips said. "His dedication to coaching goalkeepers since he finished his playing career with us in 2005 has been tremendous. He has grown into one of the finest goalkeeper coaches in the region. Our talented goalkeeping group will benefit greatly from him joining our staff."

Cain started 37 games for UIC and garnered a 1.64 goals against average, along with an overall record of 20-13-2. His 20 wins serves as the fourth-most all-time in the Flames' record book, where Cain also owns the fifth-most career saves with 194.

Cain was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in his first collegiate season in 2002, at which point he tied the UIC single-season record with six shutouts after playing 18 matches, collecting 10 wins, making 82 saves and posting a 1.83 GAA.

After starting 18 games in goal in 2003, Cain ranked first in the Horizon League in saves with 97 and in save percentage with .815, which ranked 14th in the NCAA.

Following his career as a student-athlete, Cain remained with UIC men's soccer as the undergraduate assistant for the 2006 NCAA Tournament team. He then transitioned to director of soccer operations and contributed to UIC's 2007 NCAA Elite Eight and 2008 NCAA Sweet 16 runs.

Away from UIC, Cain was a staff coach with Chicago United FC from 2006-10 and has additionally acted as owner and operator of Chicago Goalkeeping Academy since 2010. He has received the NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas and USSF "E" license.

A native of Rochester, Minn., Cain earned his degree in kinesiology from UIC in 2007.