Ian Pena enters his fifth year on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Crusaders women’s soccer program.
Under Pena's guidance over the last four seasons, Capital has posted a 31-8-2 record in the Ohio Athletic Conference. He has assisted in the development of six OAC Players of the Year and a host of program records, including the team's NCAA Division III Tournament national semifinal appearance in 2013, the program's three OAC Tournament titles and Capital's 2013 OAC regular season championship.
Pena has 22 years of coaching experience at the club, high school, Olympic Development Program and collegiate level. He currently serves as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Freedom Soccer Club of Columbus, a position which earned him Ohio South Youth Soccer Girl's Coach of the Year honors in 2006.
Pena is heavily involved with the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program currently serving as a coaching staff member for the Ohio South Olympic Development Program and a member of the Region II ODP Regional staff. In addition to his coaching involvement at the state level Ian also acts as an Ohio South Youth Soccer Coaching License Instructor. In this position he is responsible for helping educate and instruct coaches from the youth level to the USSF D level.
As a player, Pena was named All-Conference Carolinas and all-district at then-Division II St. Andrews College (N.C.). Following his playing career he joined the St. Andrews coaching staff as an assistant coach in 1994 and 1995. He also played soccer at the International level in Trinidad & Tobago with the Calendonia AIA Football Club.
Ian currently holds a USSF A coaching license and a M.Ed. in adapted physical education.