Joe Sochacki
Joe Sochacki
Birth Date: 02/13/1969
Previous College: IUPUI
Position: Head Coach
Joe Sochacki was named Butler's fourth men's soccer coach during the winter of 2001. He was the first former Butler assistant coach to step into the Bulldogs' top spot, and he became the youngest men's coach in Butler soccer history. In four seasons at the head of the Butler men's soccer team, Sochacki has guided the Bulldogs to a 45-32-7 record, a tie for the regular season title in the Horizon League, a pair of league regular season runner-up finishes, a league tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA National Tournament. It didn't take long for Sochacki to make a major impact on the Bulldogs! In his initial season at the helm, he guided Butler to an 11-9 record, a runner-up finish in the league regular season race, a championship at the Horizon League Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament! The 11 wins almost doubled the Bulldogs' record from the previous season, while matching the sixth-highest single season victory total in school history. The league crown was Butler's first since 1998 and fourth overall! He followed that impressive start with nine wins in 2002, including a victory over #7-ranked Rutgers, and he guided the Bulldogs to 12 wins and a runner-up finish in the Horizon League in 2003. Last year, he led the Bulldogs to the fourth-highest single season win total in Butler history and tie for the regular season crown in the Horizon League! Sochacki, 36, was introduced as the men's soccer coach at Butler on February 19, 2001. He replaced his former boss, Todd Bramble, who left Butler after one season to become the head women's soccer coach at Clemson University. Sochacki stepped into the top spot after serving as the Bulldogs' top assistant coach for four seasons. During his term as an assistant coach, the Bulldogs won two Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) tournament championships, one conference regular season title and made two appearances in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 19-win campaign in 1998, which set the school record for most victories in a season. That 1998 squad finished the season ranked 14th in the nation (Butler's highest final ranking ever!) and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion Indiana in overtime. As both an assistant and head coach, Sochacki has worked with seven of Butler's "Top 10" career scoring leaders, and he's helped 25 Butler players earn all-conference recognition. Sochacki joined Butler's athletic staff as a soccer assistant under former head coach Ian Martin in 1997. In addition to his on-the-field coaching duties, he had recruiting responsibilities and provided administrative assistance within the program. He also worked extensively with Butler's successful soccer camps in the summer, and he helped with administration of the 1997 United States Soccer Federation soccer school on Butler's campus. A former collegiate soccer player, Sochacki came to Butler following a successful performance on the men's soccer team at IUPUI. He was a team-captain at IUPUI, and he earned NAIA All-America honors as a sweeper/defender. During his freshman season, he helped IUPUI reach the district finals of the NAIA tournament. As a club player, Sochacki helped the Saints of Indianapolis to the McGuire Cup Finals in 1988, which marked the first time a team from Indianapolis had ever advanced that far in the USSF national tournament. He also played one season of professional soccer with the Twisters in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. Sochacki, who has been a part of the soccer community in Indianapolis for more than a decade, graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in 1987. He was a four-year player for the Trojans, earning high school All-America honors. As a starting defender, he helped Chatard to the quarterfinals of the Indiana state tournament twice. He's currently completing his bachelor's degree in elementary education, and he holds an "A" coaching license from the USSF. The Butler coach and his wife, Emily, have an infant son, Jackson.