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The Maryville University department of athletics announced Lori Chalupny, World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist, as head coach-designate for the Saints women's soccer program. She will succeed head coach Eric Delabar following the end of the 2017 season, when Delabar plans to transition to the assistant coach role.

Chalupny is one of the most decorated women's soccer players from St. Louis and earlier announced her retirement as a player. Most recently, she played professionally with the Chicago Red Stars of the NWSL. Chalupny was a member of the United States Women's National Team which won the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and earned 106 caps for the USWNT. Chalupny played in the USA's contest against Colombia during the World Cup, and scored a goal in a 2015 exhibition game versus New Zealand played at Busch Stadium. She also earned a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as part of the U.S. women's soccer team.

"We are thrilled to have a coach of Lori's ability and character commit to the Maryville women's soccer program" Maryville University president Dr. Mark Lombardi said. "Working with Eric, she will lead our program to great success in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and beyond."

"I have really enjoyed my last three seasons coaching at Maryville, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to build the program," Chalupny said. "I believe strongly in the mission that the athletics programs and university present to its student-athletes. As a player, it was tough to say goodbye to the sport that has given me so much but I always knew I wouldn't be far from the soccer field. I have such a passion for soccer, and I am excited to share that passion with the next generation of players here in my hometown."

"We are excited that Lori will become our next head coach starting in 2018," director of athletics Marcus Manning said. "In Lori, we have found a leader, teacher, and champion. Many thanks to coach Delabar for introducing Lori to Maryville University and Saints Nation. A great foundation has been laid by Eric, and the program will go through a significant transformational process."

Chalupny first joined the University as an assistant coach for the Saints women's soccer team in August 2013. Previously, she served as an assistant women's soccer coach at Washington University in St. Louis from 2010-12.

As a student-athlete at Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, Chalupny was ranked by Soccer America as the No. 2 player in the nation. She was a two-time Parade Magazine High School All-America and twice earned All-State honors for the Markers.

Chalupny went on to a standout college career at the University of North Carolina, completing her eligibility in 2006. For the Tar Heels, she was a three-time All-American, and helped the team win the 2003 National Championship. A three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, she scored 30 goals and had 32 assists during her career with the Tar Heels. Chalupny earned her BA in sociology from UNC in 2013.

Chalupny played two seasons with the St. Louis Athletica of the WPS, served as team captain, and was a WPS All-Star. She also spent two years with the WPS's Atlanta Beat. Chalupny signed with AIK Fotboll Dam, and played one season in the Swedish professional league.

As a member of the 2002 United States Under-19 World Championship team, Chalupny scored eight goals in competition with the U.S. Women's National Team. She played in four games in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and scored a goal in a 4-2 victory over Japan in the semifinals


Eric Delabar will be entering his 18th season as the head women's soccer coach at Maryville University. He joined the Saints in 1999 and since has led them to a 159-144-23 overall record.

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.

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 St. 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 also served as the head girls' soccer coach from 1992-2011.

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 Athletics Hall of Fame, in 2002 he was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Soccer Hall of Fame, and more recently in 2012 he was inducted into the Saint Louis 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 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.