University of Mary - Soccer

Coaching Staff


Dave Ripley
Asst. Men's Soccer Coach

The original architect of the University of Mary men’s soccer program, Dave Ripley is a welcome addition to the Marauders coaching staff in 2012. Ripley started U-Mary’s men’s program in 1995 and directed the squad to the playoffs the first two seasons the team existed.

His work as a ground-water hydrologist conflicted with his coaching duties and he reluctantly stepped down after the 1996 campaign. Ripley would return to the Marauders bench in 2008 as an assistant coach for three years (2008-10). After taking last year off, Ripley returns to assist again.  

Ripley's origins in soccer began in 1965 when, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, he played on a local town team. Later he started several of the Bismarck-area soccer programs in the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s. Through the 1980s and the 1990s Dave was active in several aspects of the North Dakota Youth Soccer Association, heading up the Olympic Development programs (boys and girls) and serving as the State Director of Referee Assessment and state treasurer.

A graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology (1965), Ripley earned a Master's degree in Ground-water Hydrology from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1972. Among a select few to serve both in the military (U. S. Army) and the U. S. Peace Corps, Ripley holds a "D" coaching license.
 
Nicole Benedict
Asst. Women's Coach


In her first year as a graduate assistant, Benedict saw the team have a successful season.  The team ended with a record of 12-5-2 overall and 9-4-2 in conference.  The team earned the 5th seed in the NSIC Conference Tournament and made it to the semi-finals.  The team tallied 6 shutouts and a 1.63 goals scored per game average.  Two Marauders, Caitlin Dooley and Megan Lowery, earned All-NSIC Second Team honors.  Caylin Cathey and Jade Smith earned All-NSIC Third Team honors, and Libby Patterson earned All-NSIC Honorable Mention.  Eight Marauders earned NSIC All-Academic honors.  Lowery and Dooley were also selected to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division II Women’s All-Central Region team.

Benedict worked with the attacking players this season and saw the goals scored per game increase from 1.35 to 1.63.  The number of goals increased from 23 to 31 on the season.  The attacking mindset of the team also saw an increase in corner kick opportunities from 71 to 108.

The all-time University of Mary record holder for goals scored in a career and a season, Nicole Benedict was the first UMary women’s soccer player to gain admittance into the Marauders Hall of Fame in 2010.

Benedict starts her second stint on the Marauders women's soccer coaching staff in 2017, where she joins the staff of head coach Sarah Cook, a former teammate and fellow UMary Hall of Fame member.

A first team NAIA All-American in 2003 while earning Player of the Year honors for NAIA Region III, Nicole also earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2002 and 2004 while leading U-Mary to three straight NAIA national tournaments (2002-‘04). In her four seasons, the Marauders finished a combined 51-29-8. During their playoff run, U-Mary went 14-6-2 in 2002, 14-8-2 in 2003, and 15-7-2 in 2004, while outscoring the opposition by a combined 184-90.

Twice named the Marauders most valuable player, Nicole set a school record for goals with 27 in 2003, and followed up with 24 goals in 2004. In addition, her single season point total of 60 in 2003 (27 goals and six assists) and 56 in 2004 (24 goals and eight assists) are the second and third best single season totals in Marauders history.

Nicole’s 66 career counters are 23 more than the next closest scorer on the list. Her 153 career points (66 goals, 21 assists) earned her the top spot on the school charts by a margin of 37 points. Her 21 career assists put her at 10th best in the school annals.

An NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2004, who served as a Marauders assistant coach for one season and a graduate assistant coach for two more, Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree in university studies in 2007 and an M.S. in occupational therapy in 2010. The daughter of Curtis and Becky Benedict, Nicole hails from Bismarck, ND, where she graduated from Bismarck High School.
 
Ashley Haflett
Graduate Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

University of Mary women’s soccer head coach Sarah Cook has added an all-conference goalkeeper to her coaching staff. Ashley Limmer, a two-year starter for Augustana and an All-Northern Sun selection, joins the Marauders as the graduate assistant coach for the 2017 season.  
 
“I am excited to announce the hiring of Ashley Limmer, Women's Soccer new Graduate Assistant Coach,” said Cook. “She will work quite a bit with our goalkeepers and assist in coaching all positions and aspects of the team. Ashley brings a wealth of experience as she was a standout goalkeeper for Augustana. She is eager to learn as a coach, energetic, organized, and is an outstanding young woman with a lot of talent, drive, and passion for the game and coaching.”
 
A native of Brandon, SD, Limmer was the starting goalie at Augustana in 2013 and 2014, earning NSIC second team honors in her final year and setting season and career records for the Vikings in wins. As a senior she helped Augie reach the NCAA regional tournament and finished the season with a record of 14-6, a .814 save percentage and a goals against average of 1.02 while helping post six shutouts.
 
Limmer, a 2015 graduate from Augustana with a degree in Biology, opened her soccer coaching career while still in college. She served as an assistant boys and girls coach from 2013-15 at her former high school, Brandon Valley. In 2015 she started coaching youth soccer in Sioux Falls, SD, where she is currently the Dakota Alliance U11 girls team head coach.
 
Ricardo Pierre-Louis
Graduate Asst. Men's Soccer Coach


Born in Leogane, Haiti, Ricardo moved to the United States in 2004 to play college soccer on a scholarship. In 2008, Ricardo graduated from Lee University (TN) with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. As a MLS Cup Champion, three time Collegiate Soccer All American, National Player of the year, and Academic All American.  Pierre-Louis scored 101 goals in 69 games at Lee university. The Haitian Soccer Star holds the all time scoring record at Lee, his jersey number 19 was retired and Pierre-Louis was inducted to the Lee University Hall of Fame after his career.

Ricardo was drafted in the  second round (22nd picked) by the Columbus  Crew  in the MLS super draft.  He was part of the Crew team who won the 2008 MLS Cup, as well as the Supporter Shield Cup.  Ricardo also played for the Haitian National Team for 9 years.  He had 48 caps with the senior national team.  He has played in major tournaments for Haiti such as the Gold Cup, World Cup Qualifying, and the Carribean Cup. During his time with the Haitian national team,  he had the opportunity to play against the world's best soccer players, like Landon Donovan, David Beckam, Ronaldinho Gaucho, and Ronaldo Luis Nazario.  Ricardo's most cherished soccer moment was playing against the five-time world cup champion Brazilian soccer team.

Ricardo holds a USSF 'B' coaching license.
 
Michael Silbernagel
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Another piece in the future success of University of Mary athletics clicked into place with the addition of Michael Silbernagel as the first full time Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Marauders in December 2010. A native of Napoleon, ND, Silbernagel joins U-Mary after serving as the Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach at NCAA Division I Colorado State University for five seasons.

"Our coaches recruit tremendous student-athletes to the University of Mary and the addition of a full-time strength and conditioning coach allows us to train and develop our athletes to their maximum ability," said Marauders Athletic Director Roger Thomas is announcing the addition of Silbernagel. "Elevating our strength and conditioning program is one more piece in the Marauders finding success in the Northern Sun and NCAA Division II. We are blessed to have Michael as our first strength coach, who brings to U-Mary valuable experience and great success from the NCAA Division I level."

"I'm excited to take the Marauders athletes to the next level," said Silbernagel. "Our strength and conditioning program will add another piece to the puzzle for the success of our athletic teams."

Silbernagel served as the Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Colorado State Rams from 2005-10 and was the Head Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football from 2006-2010. During his time at CSU, Silbernagel designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for volleyball, women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's golf, swimming and diving, and women's water polo teams and assisted in implementing strength and conditioning programs for football and men's basketball.

While working with Silbernagel, the CSU volleyball team was ranked in the national top 25 polls in four different seasons and won four Mountain West Conference titles (2006, '07, '09, '10). The women's indoor track and field team won a conference crown in 2006 and the football squad claimed the New Mexico Bowl in 2008.

A graduate of Valley City State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in Physical Education and Health, Silbernagel attended graduate school at the University of North Dakota. As a graduate assistant strength coach at UND, Silbernagel worked with the men's and women's track and field teams and the men's and women's swimming and diving teams and assisted with men's hockey, and football. He earned a master's degree in Kinesiology at North Dakota in 2005.

Silbernagel possess several professional certifications. He is Strength and Conditioning Coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, a certified Strength and Conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a certified Sports Performance Coach and Olympic Club Coach through USA Weightlifting and a level 2 FMS certified through the Functional Movement Systems.

A competitive power lifter, Silbernagel is the 2010 USA Power Lifting 242-pound Raw National Champion.

Silbernagel and his wife, Jenny, have sons named Hunter and Carter.

Lance Shuler
Asst. Athletic Trainer (Men's Soccer, Men's Basketball)

Twice a graduate of the University of Mary, Lance Shuler MS, ATC, LAT, earned his master’s degree in Kinesiology in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Wellness in 2013. He joined the Mary Athletic Training staff in 2013 and worked with volleyball and men’s basketball. Currently Lance works full-time as the athletic trainer for men’s soccer and men’s basketball.
 
Lance and his wife Akoya have a daughter named Amariah.