Tom Saleska will be entering his 23rd season as the Falcons Head Men's Soccer coach in 2015. Saleska has had the Falcons consistently in the top half of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and has amassed 274 wins with the Falcons.
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 six conference championships and three conference tournament championships. The Falcons won three straight Lake Michigan Conference titles from 2002-2004.
In 22 years leading the Falcons program, Saleska has recorded double-digit victories in 20 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 425-197-53 includes 274 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 six of the past 14 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 34-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.
He also provided coaching advice to his daughter, Jenna, who played high school soccer. His wife of 34 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|