After spending time at NCAA Division I programs San Jose State and Ohio State, goalkeeper Sarah Peplinski (Stevens Point) is coming home to continue her college soccer career.
Peplinski will enroll at UW-Stevens Point this month and join the Pointers' program, coach Dawn Crow wrote in an email. Peplinski will have three years of eligibility in NCAA Division III competition starting next fall.
A few months after earning Best of the Rest all-state honors from the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association as a senior in 2013, Peplinski made 10 appearances (seven starts) at San Jose State. She had a 2.47 goals-against average and a .630 save percentage in 619 minutes and posted one shutout for the Spartans.
However, San Jose State coach Jeff Leightman stepped down following the team's 3-14-1 season, assistant Niki Brooks – a former UW-Green Bay assistant – also left the program and Peplinski followed suit and transferred to Ohio State. She didn't make an appearance in two seasons with the Buckeyes.
Peplinski joins Mackenzie Madison and junior-to-be Morgan Voigt (Rhinelander) as the keepers on the Stevens Point roster. Madison made three brief appearances as a freshman last fall as the Pointers finished 4-15-0 overall in Crow's first season.
- Jon Mroz (Milwaukee Marquette/UW-Milwaukee), who stepped down in November after 19 years as Brookfield Central High School boys coach, was named a volunteer assistant for the Marquette men's program. Mroz will work with the Golden Eagles' keepers, succeeding Nick Vorberg in that role. Vorberg, a player-assistant with the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Arena Soccer League, had been on coach Louis Bennett's staff for the past four years. Mroz, who played professionally with the Wave and outdoors with the Milwaukee Rampage, compiled a 265-99-35 record at Brookfield Central and also coaches at Bavarian SC. On Twitter: @jonmroz
- Vorberg, meanwhile, will be a full-time assistant with the Marquette women's program, Golden Eagles coach Markus Roeders announced today. Vorberg had been a volunteer assistant in the program since 2013. "Nick brings a wealth of experience to our program and fits very well with our needs and goal of reaching a higher level," Roeders said in a news release. "His experience within our program, the knowledge he brings with his professional and youth coaching background, his community involvement, and his passion are a perfect match." On Twitter: @NickVorberg
- Jason Schulte stepped down after 12 seasons as UW-Baraboo/Sauk County coach, citing a change in his work situation. Schulte recorded more than 50 wins during his tenure and led the Fighting Spirits to the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference title in 2006. Read more from the Baraboo News Republic
- Former men's soccer defender Chad Dombrowski (West Allis Hale) was among five inductees enshrined in UW-Milwaukee's Bud K. Haidet Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 5. Dombrowski, the second of five brothers to play with the Panthers, had 24 goals and 14 assists in 78 appearances (74 starts) and Milwaukee compiled a 60-24-3 record during his career from 1999 to 2002. After being named a second-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as a senior, he was the first Panthers player selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft when the Chicago Fire selected him in the fifth round (No. 44) in 2003. Dombrowski played professionally outdoors with Milwaukee Wave United (2003 and '04), the Minnesota Thunder (2005 and '06) and the Carolina RailHawks (2007 and '08) and indoors with the Wave from 2005 to '07. Watch Dombrowski's Hall of Fame video presentation
- Laura Boyer, a standout goalkeeper for the Marquette women's team, will be one of seven inductees in the M Club Hall of Fame on Feb. 12. Boyer compiled a 41-14-10 record from 2005 to '08 and was the program leader in goals-against average (0.82) and ranked second in shutouts (23), victories (41), save percentage (.815) and minutes (6,051) when she completed her career. She was Marquette's first candidate for the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy in 2006, and helped the Golden Eagles advance to the NCAA tournament in 2005 and '06.
- Nathan Selk (Ashwaubenon) and Meghan Magner (Greendale), two of the top keepers in Edgewood College history, will be among the five former Eagles athletes inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on April 22. The 25 clean sheets, 45 victories and 516 saves recorded by Selk from 1993 to '96 remain program records on the men's side, while Magner set the women's record with 426 saves and also posted 37 shutouts from 1998 to 2001. The Eagles won four straight Lake Michigan Conference titles and earned three NCAA Division III tournament berths in Magner's career.
- Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College men's coach Michael Pantalione, who was an assistant at UW-Green Bay in 1986 and '87, will receive the Bill Jeffrey Long-Term Service Award at the NSCAA convention next week in Baltimore. Pantalione has compiled a 573-50-27 record in his 27 seasons and is the career leader in victories and winning percentage among junior college men's coaches.