Coaching veteran Brian Jankowski is in his first season as an assistant coach with Ohio State. Jankowski joins the Buckeyes after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Dayton.
“It is with enthusiasm and pride that I join the women's soccer staff as assistant coach at The Ohio State University,” Jankowski said. “Coach Walker has developed a culture of excellence within the women's soccer program and after meeting with her, the players and staff, I'm proud to be part of such an elite program and institution. I'd like to thank Coach Walker for her confidence in me, and also acknowledge the support I've received from the athletic department of at the University of Dayton, the outstanding players I've had the honor of coaching, and particularly Coach Mike Tucker for his mentorship and friendship during the past five years at Dayton.”
Jankowski, who is involved in recruiting and all aspects of the Buckeye program, has an expertise in the attack and was an integral part of a Flyer program that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and won the Atlantic-10 Tournament championship two of the last three seasons. Under Jankowski’s tutelage, the Flyers’ Alexis Kiehl led the nation in goals in 2016, finding the back of the net 21 times.
In Jankowski’s time at Dayton, the Flyers had three Atlantic-10 players of the year and three Atlantic-10 midfielders of the year. Ashley Campbell, a letterwinner from 2012-15, broke the Dayton career goals record with 63 while Nicole Waters, also a Flyer from 2012-15, set Dayton’s career assists record with 54.
Jankowski, a Strongsville, Ohio, native, has strong ties throughout the state, spending two years as a volunteer assistant at Akron, helping lead the Zips to the Mid-American Conference Tournament both seasons, before joining the Flyers. In addition, he coached the Cleveland FC club program, helping the team to four youth state championships while two of his players were selected to the U.S. National team pool.
Jankowski was a four-year letterwinner at Mercyhurst College, where he was a member of the Lakers’ 1998 NCAA Division II Final Four team. He was a first team Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of the Premier Development League’s West Michigan Edge in 2001 and 2002. Prior to his time at Mercyhurst, Jankowski had a strong prep career at Strongsville High School, where he earned All-Ohio honors while captaining the 1997 Division I state champions.
Jankowski graduated from Mercyhurst with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2002. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “B” License.