The 2020 season marks the 10th for Ryan Raufus as the UW-Stout women’s soccer coach. No UW-Stout coach has gotten to 25 career wins as quickly as Raufus.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to play the 2020 season on newly-renovated Nelson Field, but the 2019 Blue Devils were road warriors the entire season as work on the field continued, including "home" games at nearby opponents' fields. And the Blue Devils more than doubled their wins total from the year before in the process.
Blue Devil midfielder Sydney Kasper highlighted the 2018 season, earning her third consecutive all-WIAC nod.
The Blue Devils earned the fourth seed in the 2017 WIAC tournament and advanced to the second round of the tournament where they fell to eventual conference champion UW-La Crosse. The Blue Devils' Sydney Kasper and Kaitlyn Hess were first team all-conference picks. During the season, the Blue Devils forged a 1-1 tie with 12th-ranked UW-Whitewater.
The 2016 Blue Devils earned the fourth seed in the WIAC tournament, powered by first team all-WIAC selections Jenna Kizlik, Kelly Conn and Lynn Johnson. Kizlik is only the second Blue Devil to earn three first team all-WIAC selections.
The 2014 Blue Devil defense racked up five shutouts and allowed no teams to score more than three goals. Seven of the Blue Devils' games were decided by one goal or three games ended in a tied score. Four games went into overtime. Jenna Kizlik and Lauren Kizlik were repeat all-WIAC selections. Defender Vanessa Wrobel was an all-WIAC pick.
The 2013 Blue Devils overcame early season injuries and illnesses to finish third in a tough WIAC. Stout placed four on the all-WIAC team - Jenna Kizlik, Lauren Kizlik, Emily Ferger, Paige Meyer - matching a program best and advanced to the second round of the WIAC playoffs.
In Raufus' first season (2011), the Blue Devils posted an 11-5-1 record, ran a nine-game unbeaten streak through the middle of the schedule, advanced to the WIAC tournament for the first time in two years, were regionally ranked, had three players chosen all-conference, had two players chosen all-region and defender Courtney Tideman was selected as the program's first-ever All-American.
Raufus come to UW-Stout after nine years as head coach of the girls’ soccer program at La Crosse Logan High School was also the head coach for the girls soccer program at LaCrescent, Minn., High School for seven years. Raufus was able to coach both Minnesota and Wisconsin programs because Minnesota girls’ soccer programs compete in the fall and Wisconsin girls soccer programs compete in the spring.
During his tenure at LaCrescent, Raufus’ teams have compiled a 121-23-5 overall record and made five trips to the Minnesota state tournament, including a fourth place finish in 2009.
At LaCrosse Logan, Raufus believes the program made significant strides, including the only two winning seasons and playoff wins in school history.
Over the summers, Raufus has worked with both boys and girls youth teams through the Coulee Region Minnesota Soccer Club. Raufus has also worked soccer camps and clinics with Viterbo University.
Raufus believes his background in both states has been and will be an advantage, especially when it comes to recruiting.
“I got to constantly learn because I was coaching all year round,” Raufus said. “I have been coaching for 10 years, but it really has been 20 seasons.
“I have good relationships in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. I know both states well. I have gotten advice and will have to rely on my contacts.”
“I like a quick, exciting, attacking game,” Raufus said. “We will continue to work to defend well.”
Raufus is a native of Oconomowoc, Wis., but his family moved to the Ft. Myers, Fla., area, where he went attended high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield, Mass., College in 1999 in athletic training and was also a member of the varsity soccer program.
He returned to Wisconsin to obtain his teacher certification in school health education from UW-La Crosse in 2002 and earned his masters degree in physical education from UW-La Crosse in 2010.
Raufus has been a substitute teacher in the La Crosse, La Crescent, West Salem and Alma school districts. He has also coached boys’ basketball at the sub-varsity levels at La Crosse Logan.
aufus is the fourth head coach in UW-Stout women’s soccer history.