Ohio State soccer has a new head coach with a wealth of professional and international knowledge.
The Buckeyes named former U.S. international player and Columbus Crew member Brian Maisonneuve as the program’s new head coach Monday. Maisonneuve was most recently the associate head coach at Indiana.
Ohio State announces Brian Maisonneuve as men's soccer head coach.
Welcome back to Columbus, Coach!
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“I am excited to get to work and continue to grow the Ohio State program into one of the elite soccer programs in the country,” Maisonneuve said via a release. “John [Bluem] did a great job over the last 21 years and I am so honored for this opportunity. This is an incredible athletics department with tremendous resources.”
Bluem retired at the end of last season.
“We are fortunate to add Brian Maisonneuve to our outstanding lineup of head coaches,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said via the release. “He has competed at a high level and coached in one of the most successful collegiate programs nationally. We look forward to the opportunities our student-athletes will have under Brian’s direction.”
Maisonneuve has helped lead the Hoosiers to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and was an All-American when he played for the team from 1991-1994. He has also coached at Louisville and in the U.S. Soccer system.
As a player, he spent nine years with the Crew and played with the U.S. National Team in the 1998 World Cup, among other tournaments.
“The City of Columbus has always been like a second home for Diania and me,” the coach said. “We can’t wait to get back and get started.”