William Woods University

William Woods University Athletics
One University Ave. Fulton, MO 65251
NAIA Missouri Midwest
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Nathan Mason

Nathan Mason became the William Woods University head men’s soccer coach during the summer of 2008. Mason is the fifth men’s soccer coach at William Woods and is currently the record holder for the most wins in program history. The program was founded in 1997.

In his first season, Coach Mason and the Owls posted a 9-9-1 record. The nine victories was the largest win total since the 2000 season (13 wins). WWU improved on that success during the 2009 season. The Owls finished the year 11-6-1 and 4-3 in the American Midwest Conference. WWU tied for third in the AMC in 2009 and finished the year with the most conference wins in the history of the program.

WWU reached the 11-win mark again in 2010. The Owls earned a victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University in the AMC Quarterfinals before falling to top seed Park University in the Semifinals. The 2010 season produced the AMC Freshman of the Year (Marcelo Carreiro) and the most single-season All-Conference selections in school history.

In 2013, the Owls won the most AMC games in program history (six). Also, in 2013, Marcelo Carreiro became the school’s all-time leader in career points (105), breaking the previous mark of 104 set by John Hayes and held since 2004.

During the 2015 season, Mason led the Owls to a 9-7-3 record and a mark of 5-3-3 in the AMC for a sixth-place finish, which was led by All-AMC Honorable Mention players Conor Foxall and Lendell Louis-Jaquces. The Owls tallied 12 wins in 2016, the most wins in the program history since they won 13 games in 2000. The 2016 season produced the first NAIA All-American in school history as Rodrigo Alves earned Honorable Mention honors.

The 2017 season the Owls Men’s soccer team went to new heights as they were Co-AMC Regular Season Champions and advanced to the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship – Opening Round. Both were the first time the men’s soccer has achieved these accomplishments. The Owls tied the most wins (13) in a single season during the 2017 season, which saw the Owls have a 15-game unbeaten streak stretch. The 2017 season produced six First Team All-AMC selections and three NAIA All-American Honorable Mention Honors, including Rodrigo Alves, who became the first two-time NAIA All-American in program history.

The Owls placed second in the AMC regular season in 2018, and their season came to an end in the semifinal round of the AMC Championship. They finished the season with a 13-4-3 mark. Coming out of the 2018 season was the program's first AMC Player of the Year, Billy Nyzojyibwami. He was also tabbed an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, AMC Freshman of the Year and AMC First Team All-Conference. The Owls had six AMC All-Conference selections total.

The Owls snuck into the 2019 AMC Championship, grabbing the final seed. The Owls fell in the opening round, ending their season with a 6-13 record.

Mason came to William Woods from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Mason spent one year as the head coach at Iowa Central. During his one season at Iowa Central, the Triton’s went 8-10-1, and advanced to the Region XI Tournament. They were eliminated in the third round of the Regional Tournament by Marshalltown Community College.

Prior to Iowa Central, Coach Mason served as the head women’s soccer coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas, in 2006. Mason guided Neosho County to a 12-7-1 record, and the Region Semifinals that season. The two previous seasons, Mason served as an assistant men’s coach at Neosho County.

Mason has a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma and Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma. He also holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “D” license.

Coach Mason is a graduate of Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He began his collegiate playing career at State Fair Community College. He played two seasons for the Roadrunners. Mason was a member of the 1999 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship team.

Mason finished his playing career at McKendree University. He was a two-time All-American Midwest Conference player. He graduated from McKendree in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in education.

Coach Mason received his Master of Education degree in athletics activities administration at William Woods University.

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Connor Bandre

Connor Bandre began his first year with the Owls' soccer program in the spring of 2020.

A local from Ashland, Mo., he spent one season at East Central College in Union, Mo., before transferring to Westminster College. He spent three seasons as the team's starting goalkeeper and two seasons as a team captain. During his three seasons, the team made two St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament appearances. Bandre was awarded the SLIAC Tournament MVP following the Conference Tournament Championship in 2017, and the team made an NCAA tournament appearance.

As well as being an assistant at William Woods, Bandre is also the goalkeeping coach for Sporting Columbia Soccer Club. Previously, he was an assistant and goalkeeping coach for Southern Boone County High School's boys and girls programs under hall of fame coach, Chris Miller.

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Ignacio Milla

Ignacio Milla enters his first year as a Graduate Assistant for the men's soccer program.

Prior joining the Owls soccer coaching staff, he was an assistant coach at conference-rival Lyon College. In his year coaching the goalkeepers for the Scots, they broke the school records in total wins (15). With a 15-6-1 record, they earned an automatic bid to the 2019 NAIA National Championship, falling in the first round against Missouri Valley College. They finished the season receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

Milla graduated from Lyon College with a double major in business and economics with a minor in physical education. He was a four-year starter for the Scots, earning three AMC All-Conference selections. He was also named NPSL North Player of the Year in 2017 for his season performance at the National Premier Soccer League.

Milla also coached at the club level at Rochester Youth Soccer Association (MN).

He will be pursuing his Masters in Business Administration in his time at the Owls.

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