“Ian is clearly one of the top assistants in the game,” Bluem said. “He continues to produce excellent recruiting classes that are not only talented players but exceptional students. As a member of our athletic department, he generously offers his time and knowledge to others, demonstrates a tireless work ethic and his loyalty is beyond compare.”
Gordona, who enters his fourth year with the Scarlet and Gray program, has helped bring Ohio State to new levels since his arrival in 2014. In his first three years as the recruiting coordinator, Gordona has brought three straight top 10 recruiting classes to Columbus (The first three top 10 recruiting classes in program history, and one of only four programs in the country to have three straight). Gordona has also been a part of two Senior Class Award Winners in 2014 and 2015 (Ohio State has had only one other, James Laurinaitis). In 2015, Ohio State was crowned Big Ten champions and produced the Big Ten Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.
“I’d like to first thank Gene Smith, Shaun Richard, John Bluem and the entire athletic department for their continued support,” Gordona said. “And a special thank you to my wife, Jennifer, who has been my rock all these years. This promotion has very little to do with me, but rather every player, every support staff and all those both past and present that have made Ohio State so special. I’m honored to come to work every day and more honored to call myself an alumni of this great university.”
The program also boasted the highest GPA in team history last spring with a 3.47 and a 3.40 cumulative GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. Five Buckeyes over the last three years have gone on to play at the professional level. Gordona was also named to College Soccer News Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015. When he is not coaching he has been at the forefront for the university in terms of assisting other athletic programs with financial aid and scholarships and the best ways to utilize them. He has given lectures to the athletic department as well as working with coaches from more than 20 different OSU programs to help guide the university as a whole into helping the student-athletes.
The Ohio State men’s soccer team opens preseason camp Wednesday in Columbus. The Buckeyes will play three exhibition games, including two at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Scarlet and Gray host IUPUI at 1 p.m. Sunday and Butler at 6 p.m. Aug. 16. The team wraps up its preseason with a road scrimmage at Creighton at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Ohio State opens the 2017 season by hosting the 12th-annual Bert & Iris Wolstein Classic Aug. 25-27 in Columbus. The Buckeyes face Pitt Aug. 25 and conclude the first weekend of play against FIU Aug. 27. Admission to all Ohio State men’s soccer home games are free.