CAMP DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT WOMENS COACH
Eric Delabar enters his first season as an assistant coach after guiding the Maryville University women's soccer team for 17 seasons. He joined the Saints in 1999 and led them to a 155-144-23 overall record. Delabar led the Saints to their first appearance in the Great Lake Valley Conference post-season tournament this past season.
In just his first year at the helm of the Saints program, Delabar led the women to a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) tournament and regular season championship. It was also the first time in the history of the program that they received a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In 2002, Delabar took over the Maryville men's soccer program and coached them to a 33-73-6 (.321) record in six seasons. Delabar also coached Maryville's first GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) All-Conference selection as Lauren Dieckmann was named third-team All-GLVC in 2009, Maryville's first season of competition in the conference.
During the 2012 season, the Saints women's soccer team earned the GLVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Sportsmanship Award. The squad also earned the NSCAA team academic award for the fourth straight year. Under Delabar's guidance, goalie Jena Casagrande earned the team's first GLVC Player of the Week award when she was recognized for her efforts ending the week of Sept. 24, 2012. In 2013, Shannon Foley was Maryville's first All-Conference selection and she repeated her All-GLVC honors in 2014. The Saints also posted their most successful season since joining the GLVC in 2017 as the Saints posted a 7-4-3 record and qualified for the GLVC tournament before falling to McKendree, 1-0 in the semifinals. Alex Johnson was the Saints first conference award winner as she claimed the Freshman of the Year award in 2017.
Delabar, who is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), brings a vast amount of coaching and playing experience to Maryville. He holds a USSF National "A" coaching license and has also served as an assistant soccer coach at Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University. At the high school level he was the head boy's soccer coach at Fort Zumwalt North High School from 1989-98 and has continued to serve as the head girl's soccer coach since 1992.
As a student-athlete at Quincy University, Delabar earned All-American honors at goalkeeper, while also helping lead the Hawks to three National Championships. He graduated from Quincy in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in History. Upon graduating, Delabar extended his playing career to the professional level with both the New York Cosmos and the St. Louis Steamers.
In 1989, Delabar was inducted into the Quincy University Athletic Hall of Fame, and more recently he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Soccer Hall of Fame.
In the off-season Delabar acts as director of the Maryville Saints Soccer Camps, while also holding a separate goalkeeper's camp.
Delabar is a Physical Education teacher at South Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt School District. He and his wife, Alicia, have three children - Mike, Amanda and Anna.
DAVE THURMER | ASSISTANT COACH
Dave Thurmer begins his fourth year as an assistant coach at Maryville. He was the athletic director and soccer coach at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, Mo., for a total of 33 years. He coached boys soccer for 32 years, 31 seasons as the head coach. Thurmer became the assistant coach for the girls soccer team when the program started in 1985 and held that position until 1995. He was appointed the head girls soccer coach in 1995 and held that position until I retired in 2013. Thurmer was appointed the school's athletics director in 1993 and held that position until 2013.
During his coaching tenure, Duchesne won two boys and two girls Missouri State Soccer Championships. Thurmer guided the soccer teams to 14 Missouri State Final Fours. He coached more than one hundred boys and girls all-state players and multiple Missouri State Players of the Year in boys and girls soccer.
Thurmer was awarded the Missouri State Coach of the Year award four times and named the NSCAA Girls National Coach of the Year in 2009. In 2004, he earned the prestigious Jimmy Dunn Award by the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. When Thurmer retired from coaching high school, he was 10th in wins for girls soccer, 10th in wins for boys, and fourth on the all time list of coaches who coached both boys and girls soccer in Missouri.