Tom Saleska will be entering his 24th season as the Falcons Head Men's Soccer coach in 2016. Saleska has had the Falcons consistently in the top half of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, including a league championship in 2015, and has reached 289 career victories with the Falcons.
In 2015, Saleska guided the Falcons to 15 wins, the most for the program since the 2004 season. In addition, CUW posted a 9-1 record in conference play, capturing a NACC Championship for the first time in the 10-year history of the league. Saleska was named NACC Coach of the Year as well.
The Falcons also had several players earn individual accolades under Saleska's guidance in 2015. CUW landed three players on the NSCAA All-Region Team in Diego Campos and Gavin Falotico (Second Team), as well as Keegan Van Dusseldorp (Third Team). The Falcons also had eight players earn some sort of All-NACC recognition in 2015.
Saleska came to Concordia University Wisconsin in 1993 after a successful 14-year high school coaching career, during which his teams won several conference, district, and regional titles, as well as a Michigan State Championship in 1987.
During his tenure at CUW, the Falcons have won seven conference championships and three conference tournament championships. The Falcons won three straight Lake Michigan Conference titles from 2002-2004. He has also been named Conference Coach of the Year four times, three of those coming in the LMC.
In 23 years leading the Falcons program, Saleska has recorded double-digit victories in 21 of those campaigns. One of the seasons he did not was in his first season, but the Falcons then posted double-digit victories in 20 straight campaigns from 1994-2013.
Included in Saleska’s list of accomplishments are a USSF National Coaching License, a Michigan High School State Championship, a Michigan State Coach of the Year award in 1987, and Lake Michigan Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, 2002, and 2004.
His overall coaching record of 440-200-54 includes 289 collegiate victories at CUW. Concordia’s soccer program also has an excellent reputation around the central part of the country, demonstrated by its regional ranking in the coaches’ poll in seven of the past 15 seasons.
Over the past 12 years, Saleska has taken his soccer teams on four unique and exciting international soccer trips to places such as Brazil, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain (2009) where team members have experienced a wide variety of cultures and played against outstanding international competition.
During his 35-year career, Saleska has coached a variety of recreational, club, high school, and collegiate teams. One of the main reasons for this coaching diversity is that he has been able to coach many of the teams for which his two sons, John and James (CUW graduates) have played. John currently serves as the top assistant under Saleska with the Falcons.
He also provided coaching advice to his daughter, Jenna, who played high school soccer. His wife of 35 years, Vanessa, is truly a soccer mother, as she supports the family and her husband's career during the busy soccer seasons.
Along with coaching, Saleska teaches at CUW and was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor. In the past 20 years he has taught two different biology courses, one life science course, a zoology course, a soccer coaching course and a secondary science methods courses.
|1997||16-4-0||11-1-0||LMC Champion, LMC Tournament Champion|
|1998||16-4-1||8-4-0||LMC Tournament Champion|
|2002||17-4-2||4-1-1||LMC Champion, NCAA Tournament (At-Large Bid)|
|2003||14-7-1||6-0-0||LMC Champion, LMC Tournament Champion, NCAA Tournament|
|2015||15-3-1||9-1-0||NACC Regular Season Champions|