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Aaron Rodgers begins his eighth season as the head coach of the Ohio University soccer program in 2021. Director of Athletics Jim Schaus appointed Rodgers as the third head coach in school history on Dec. 22, 2012.
The 2020 season was played through a shortened schedule in the spring of 2021 due to COVID-19. The Bobcats finished the year at 3-7-0, with all games being played against MAC opponents. Ohio placed four players on the All-MAC teams, consisting of one selection to the All-MAC First Team, and three newcomers being chosen for the MAC All-Freshman team. Additionally, the Bobcats had ten players qualify for the All-MAC Academic Team.
In 2019, Ohio earned their first 10-win season since 2003, and advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. The Bobcats finished the regular season at 10-8-1 while going 5-5-1 in conference play, earning the sixth seed in the MAC Tournament. Ohio upset third-seeded Western Michigan in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament but ended their season with a loss to seventh-seeded Eastern Michigan in the semifinals. 12 Bobcats were named to the Academic All-MAC Team and four players earned All-MAC recognition, including two All-MAC First Team selections, one All-MAC Second Team selection, and a MAC All-Freshman selection.
In his third season, Ohio had nine members of the team earn Academic All-MAC honors while four Bobcats were named to Academic All-Ohio as well. Stephanie Rowland was also awarded MAC All-Freshman to conclude the 2015-16 season. The Bobcats finished the regular season with a record of 5-13 going 3-7 in conference play. 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' 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 the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and '12. The 2012 season was arguably the best in program history, as Rodgers helped UK to 14 wins and its first-ever NCAA Championship victory. The Wildcats won eight Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 1999, tying the program record for conference wins in a season. Under Rodgers' direction, UK goalkeeper Kayla King posted a 13-2-1 record in the net with a 0.71 goals against average. She earned 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 mentored UK goalie Sydney Hiance, who posted 12 shutouts in two seasons, including seven in 2009 -- the third-most in a single 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, serving as the goalkeeper coach. During his time in Gainesville, the Gators captured the 2008 SEC title and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Rodgers' other SEC stop came in 1998 at the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide won the SEC West Division and earned an NCAA Championship berth that season. Rodgers coached 1998 First Team All-SEC selection Rachel Brown, who is currently the goalkeeper for the England National Team.
Rodgers 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, he spent the 1996 and '97 seasons as the University of South Alabama assistant. While at USA, the Jaguars went from a 2-17 record in 1996 to 18-3-1 in '97, marking the biggest turnaround in women's collegiate history.
Rodgers went on to accept the associate director position at the nationally prominent Cardinal Soccer Club located in Cincinnati, Ohio. He 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 campaign nationally ranked. He spent the 2005-07 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 (1992-93). He also played four seasons with various United Soccer League (USL) teams in the southeast, including the Texas Toros (1993-1994), Dallas Rockets (1995) and Mobile Revelers (1997).
The Ohio coaching staff is the only one in the MAC comprised entirely of former professional players, as assistant coaches Allison Whitworth (Women's Professional Soccer) and Elizabeth Woerle (Germany's Frauen Second Bundesliga) join Rodgers in bringing professional soccer experience to the table.
A University of North Texas graduate, Rodgers received his bachelor's degree in political science in 1996.
Rodgers and his wife, Mandi, have a son, Luke, and a daughter, Reese.
"I am very excited to welcome Cortney and her husband, Marty, to Ohio Soccer," said Rodgers. "I knew I had to bring the right person in to fill the role in which Debs (former associate head coach and new head coach at Idaho State) held. She made a huge impact on our program and I knew I had to bring the right person in to fill that role. I have known Cortney a long time, I have worked with her in the past and know she holds the same philosophies as I do. Cortney has already been a successful collegiate head coach and I know that our program will benefit from her experiences. All of her former players will speak to her care for them as a person first soccer player second."
Wiesler spent the 2018 season with the University if Incarnate Word as an assistant coach. She joined the UIW staff from Murray State College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where she started the first women's soccer program in the school's history in 2015.
In 2017 the Aggies had a breakout season, going 10-7-1 on the year. The Aggies made an appearance in the semifinals of the Region V tournament, ultimately falling to 2017 national champions, Brookhaven College.
Wiesler designed and built one of the nicest junior college soccer fields in the state of Oklahoma. After spending several years at the Division I level, she took that same atmosphere to the junior college pitch. Wiesler also raised $27,000 for the women's soccer program during her tenure at Murray State College.
Prior to Murray State College, Wiesler served as the assistant women's soccer coach at Creighton University in 2014. Wiesler helped lead the team to the best start in program history. During her time at Creighton, she developed midfielders and forwards through technical and tactical training, assisted the head coach in devising game strategies, and developed daily training sessions. Wiesler was also responsible for game and opponent scouts and film during the season. While at Creighton, she implemented a sport-specific injury prevention and regeneration program as well as an in-season nutrition plan.
From 2009-14, Wiesler worked as the director of soccer operations at the University of Kentucky. Aside from her operations duties she, developed a sport-specific injury prevention and regeneration program using the latest scientific research. She was responsible for the student-athlete's overall well-being using the latest advanced technology. By using programs like Polar, Ithlete, and Prozone 3, closely monitored the student-athletes' peak performance. She also developed an in-season nutrition plan and a secondary supplement plan. Wiesler was directly responsible for organizing and directing Kentucky Soccer Camps while at the UK.
Wiesler also currently serves as a coach for the United States Soccer Federation Region III Olympic Development Program. She served as a Kentucky ODP State coach in 2013.
Wiesler earned a master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion from Kentucky in 2009. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2007.
While in school, she played soccer for the Golden Bears of West Virginia University Tech, where she earned All-Mid-South Conference honors while serving as a team captain from 2005-07. Wiesler graduated from Hempfield High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she helped her team win the 2000 state championship.
Weisler is married to Marty Wiesler.
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.