Capital Proudly Introduces Matt Ogden as Head Women’s Soccer Coach

Capital Proudly Introduces Matt Ogden as Head Women’s Soccer Coach

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University Athletic Department is proud to announce that Matt Ogden has been hired as the next head coach of Crusaders Women's Soccer. He will assume his duties immediately.

"I would like to thank Dr. [Steve] Bruning, the search committee and the administration for awarding me this opportunity," said Ogden. "Capital is a great academic and athletic institution, and to be a part of it is truly an honor."

Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Steve Bruning, said, "I am excited to have Matt [Ogden] as the next head coach of our women's soccer program. Matt has an outstanding knowledge of the game, is an excellent coach and his values are consistent with the mission of Capital University.   Under Matt's leadership, I am confident that our student-athletes will continue to be successful in the classroom, on the field, and in the community."

Ogden, a native of Preston, England, brings with him a wealth of experience and success coaching women's soccer and collegiate soccer, as well. Over the last decade, Ogden has been a mainstay in the Columbus area at the girls club and high school ranks and has guided his teams to championship play at the regional and national level.

Most recently, Ogden was the head coach for the girls U-18 Ohio Premier Soccer Club that qualified for the ECNL (Elite Club National League) national tournament, an accomplishment only the top eight teams in the country are afforded. In 2013, he served as an assistant for that year's U-18 team which won the ECNL U-18 Girls National Championship.

With Ogden's deep affiliation with the Ohio Premier Soccer Club, he has also overseen successes for those teams ranging from ages 11 to 19. In the same year he helped the U-18 club win the national title, he also served as head coach to the U-11 club team that was a USYSA state finalist. Altogether, he has won four state championships, two of those with Ohio Premier.

His women's soccer coaching career began in 2003 at nearby Dublin Scioto High School. There, Ogden was named the varsity head coach and helped DSHS win the 2004 OCC league championship. That year, he was named the Ohio High School Central District and OCC Coach of the Year.

Ogden is no stranger to Capital University after having spent the past two seasons as the assistant men's soccer coach. In his two seasons with the Crusaders, they have combined for an overall record 19-17-4 and advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament each season. Last year, Capital was part of a major upset over nationally-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University (2-1), a team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four.

A forward by trade, Ogden played collegiately at the University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, Ohio). He started all four years and was a two-time all-region selection and named a First Team All-American in 1999. Ogden ended his career with the Red Storm as the single-season record holder for goals scored (33). In 2010, Ogden was inducted into the Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame for his individual career that led to three conference championships and four regional tournament appearances.

After graduating from Rio Grande with his bachelor's degree in exercise science he pursued his dream to play soccer professionally. He succeeded in doing so after signing to play with the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the Premier Development League. He was drafted by the Indiana Blast of the United Soccer League's A-League, a Major League Soccer (MLS) minor league affiliate program, in 2000 where he played for one season.

Ogden began his coaching career at nearby Kenyon College as an assistant to the men's soccer program in 2001.

Ogden will take over a Capital program that has had a tremendous amount of success over the last five years. In that time, the Crusaders have won three OAC Tournament Championships and advanced to the national semifinals in 2013. They graduate only one senior from last year's team.

"Coming into such a competitive program really excites me," said Ogden. "The teams' accomplishments over the last few years speak volumes about the ladies' commitment to excellence both on the field and in the classroom.  My intention coming in will not be to try and reinvent the wheel but rather to work meticulously with the team to perfect it."

He will assume his duties at Capital immediately after a successful transition from his men's assistant coaching role.

Ogden said, "The timing of my hire could not be better. Knowing that I can be out on the training ground in a few weeks is perfect. It gives me a great opportunity to immediately assess what we do well and where we need to improve before the season begins. More importantly, it will give the ladies a glimpse of the training standards that I will expect of them moving forward."