COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Men’s Soccer program remembers the life and legacy of former Buckeye head coach Walter ‘Doc’ Ersing, who passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 85.
“Walt was a wonderful character who gave so much time to others,” head coach John Bluem said. “I admired him greatly and loved talking with him about the early years of Ohio State Soccer.”
Ersing was a professor of adaptive physical education at the Ohio State University for 32 years, while also serving as the Ohio State Men’s soccer coach for 10 seasons from 1958-1968. Ersing played a large role in the development of soccer in Ohio, and the United States as a whole working for the US Olympic Committee from 1964-1974, serving as the vice president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America from 1964-1970, and moving on to serve as the president of the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Officials Association. He also had a 54-year career in soccer officiating at both the college and high school level which led to his induction into the NISOA National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1955, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officiating Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ersing’s legacy will live on through his Excellence in Sportsmanship program, which awards college scholarships to male and female high school soccer players in the greater central Ohio area, as well as the impact he has made on accessibility to sport and education for those lesser served.