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Aaron Rodgers begins his third season as the head coach of the Ohio University soccer program in 2015. Director of Athletics Jim Schaus appointed Rodgers as the third head coach in school history on Dec. 22, 2012.
In Rodgers’ second season, the Bobcats earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for stellar academic performance. On top of that, the ‘Cats were also honored by the NSCAA with the Team Academic Award for the second year in a row. Ohio also had nine members of the team earn Academic All-MAC honors. Ohio finished the regular season with a record of 6-13 going 3-8 in conference play.
In Rodgers' first season at the helm, the Bobcats finished the 2013 regular season with their first non-losing record since '09 (7-7-5) and posted five road victories - the most wins away from home for the program since '04. Ohio tallied 26 goals in 2013 - the program's most in a decade. Forward Alexis Milesky earned a spot on the 2013 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team after starting all 20 matches and tying for the team lead in points (11) and goals (4) while tying for third on the team in assists (3). Senior Mattie Liston finished her career as Ohio's most prolific goalkeeper, departing with program standards in career games played (73), games started (71), minutes (6,670), saves (403) and shutouts (20). Her 107 saves in 2013 rank as the third-most in a single season in school history.
Ohio excelled in the classroom as well, as the squad earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year by posting a 3.30 team grade point average. Senior midfielder/forward Maggie Murnane garnered Academic All-MAC recognition while junior midfielder Annie Beard, sophomore defender Grace Campbell, junior defender Gabby Hausfeld, redshirt freshman midfielder/forward Sasha Haverchak and sophomore defender/midfielder Leah Sandercock received Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention. Campbell, Hausfeld and Murnane also earned spots on the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association's Academic All-Ohio NCAA Division I Third Team.
Rodgers came to Athens after spending the previous four seasons (2009-12) at the University of Kentucky, where he helped direct the Wildcats to a 42-30-5 record.
Rodgers helped guide Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012 for the first time in program history since the early 2000s. In addition, the 2012 season was arguably the best in program history, as Rodgers helped UK to 14 wins and captured its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. In addition, the program won eight SEC games for the first time since 1999, tying the program record for conference wins in a season.
Under his direction, Rodgers helped UK goalkeeper Kayla King obtain a 13-2-1 record in the net, with a 0.71 GAA and earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors after posting back-to-back shutouts at Tennessee and Georgia.
Prior to the 2012 campaign, Rodgers helped the Wildcats' land the sixth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Rodgers also helped former UK goalie Sydney Hiance post 12 shutouts in two seasons, including seven in 2009, the third most in a season in school history. Hiance finished her career ranked second in UK history in shutouts (20), saves (283), minutes (6143:56) and fourth in goals-against-average (1.23).
Prior to his arrival in Lexington, Rodgers spent a year as a volunteer coach with the University of Florida soccer team, serving as the goalkeeper coach. During his time in Gainesville, the Gators captured the 2008 SEC championship, while reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 as well.
His other SEC stop in Tuscaloosa occurred in the 1998 season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference's Western Division and earned a NCAA Championship berth that season. Rodgers coached 1998 All-SEC first team selection Rachel Brown, who is currently the goalkeeper for the England National Team.
Rodgers brings knowledge from the collegiate and club coaching ranks as well as experience as a player to the Wildcat program.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the women's team at his alma mater, the University of North Texas. After a year with the Mean Green, Rodgers became the South Alabama assistant women's soccer coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons. While at USA, the Jaguars went from a 2-17 record in 1996 to 18-3-1 in 1997, marking the biggest turnaround in women's collegiate history.
He went on to accept the associate director position at the nationally prominent Cardinal Soccer Club located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rodgers spent almost two years with the program, working with players aged seven to 20.
A volunteer coaching position for the University of North Florida for the 2001 season followed, and the Ospreys finished the 2001 year nationally ranked. He spent the 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons as an assistant coach for the Flager College men's team.
Rodgers played collegiate soccer at both Arkansas-Little Rock (1991) and North Texas (1992-1993). He also played four seasons with various United Soccer League (USL) teams in the southeast - Texas Toros (1993-1994), Dallas Rockets (1995) and Mobile Revelers (1997).
A University of North Texas graduate, he received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1996.
Rodgers and his wife, Mandi, have a son, Luke, and a daughter, Reese.
“We are very excited to welcome Debs to the Bobcat soccer family," head coach Aaron Rodgers said. "She brings the exact combination of a character builder as well as knowledgeable soccer mind that we need to continue the growth towards a championship. Debs shares the same values as me of focusing on character-process-results to building a championship team. She is also a very accomplished coach that I know the ladies will learn a lot from. Ohio soccer is ready to take the next step in the growth process.”
Brereton comes to Ohio after spending time as an assistant at East Tennessee State. While there, the Bucs combine for a 50-32-4 record, including four postseason berths in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2012, Brereton helped coach the Bucs to their second consecutive 12-win campaign, tying the program mark for wins in a single season for a second time straight season. In 2014, Brereton topped that record by winning a program best 15 games. In January 2015 Brereton successfully completed the United State Soccer Federation (USSF) "A" License.
In her first season at ETSU alongside head coach Adam Sayers (2011), the Bucs posted a 12-5-1 overall record as well as a 7-1-1 mark in Atlantic Sun matches. The 12 overall wins and seven conference wins both tied the program record for wins in a season, while the team netted a program best 43 goals en route to its first ever regular season championship.
During the summer of 2013, Brereton was selected as a participant in the inaugural year of the NSCAA's "30 Under 30" program. Brereton was selected from a field of more than 350 collegiate coaches as one of 30 individuals in the nation to participate in the year-long mentorship program aimed at fostering the growth of up-and-coming coaches.
Ohio University if located in Athens, OH. The Ohio Soccer team makes use of Chessa Soccer Field, located on Shafer Street. While the field is undergoing construction during the summer of 2015, camps will be held at Peden Stadium.
Winter Training Series will be held in Walter Fieldhouse adjacent to Peden Stadium.
Chessa Field, located on the west end of the Athletic Mall, has served as the home to the Ohio women's soccer programs since 2002.