Assistant Coach - Recruiting Coordinator
Jason Goodson joined the Ohio State women's soccer staff as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in February 2012.
"Jason is a tremendous addition to our program. His competitive spirit and zest for life are infectious and have led him to success at every level he has coached," Walker said. "In his previous position, Jason successfully attracted top young talent to a large state school in a very strong conference. That experience will serve him well as he presents Ohio State to the top soccer talent through his deep recruiting network in the American youth club system, the Canadian National Training Center (NTC) as well as overseas."
Goodson comes to Ohio State after four seasons as assistant coach at Washington State, where he also served as the Cougars' recruiting coordinator. As part of Matt Potter's staff, Goodson helped WSU earn three NCAA bids (2008-09-10), posting a third-place Pac-12 finish in 2011and setting school records for win streaks, wins over ranked teams and shutouts. During Goodson's tenure, Washington State placed four student-athletes on the Pac-12 all-freshman team and led the Pac-12 in academic all-conference selections as well.
"I am so excited about joining the Buckeyes," Goodson said. "As one of the premier coaches in the country, Lori Walker has built this program from the ground up into one of the most accomplished in women's soccer. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence she and her staff have set forth.
"From the moment I set foot on campus at The Ohio State University, I immediately knew this was where I belonged. Having an opportunity to work at an institution of distinction -- and within an athletic department where excellence is not a relative term, but rather the standard by which expectations are set forth -- was a once in a lifetime opportunity for both myself and my family.
"With the phenomenal academic reputation of the University itself, as well as the unparalleled success of the athletic department as a whole, The Ohio State University is a preeminent collegiate institution and a place where the elite of the elite come to compete in order to turn their lifelong dreams into reality."
A native of San Jose, Calif., where he was a three-sport athlete at Leland High School, Goodson had a lengthy career in professional soccer, spending 2 ½ years with the San Jose Hawks/San Francisco Bay Blackhawks franchise of the APSL and USISL. He played two indoor seasons for the San Jose Grizzlies of the CISL, and finished his career playing two years for the Hawaii Tsunami of the USISL. His coaching debut came with the Leahi (Hawaii) Soccer Club in February, 1996. While with Leahi, in August, 1996 he became the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu.
Goodson became the director of coaching at Ho'okalakupua (Hawaii) Futbol Academy in July, 1999, a position he held until June, 2005. He became the junior varsity head coach at Punahou Schools in Honolulu in August, 1999. He maintained that position until November, 2003 and served as the varsity assistant head coach from November, 2002 until mid-February, 2003.
In June, 2000, Goodson joined the ODP Region IV staff. His tenure included a stint as a head coach, until joining the staff at Washington State. He was also the head coach and youth division technical director for the Sereno Soccer Club (Phoenix, Ariz.) from June, 2005 until March, 2008. He has coached or directed 27 State Cup championship teams, as well as teams that have won some of the top tournaments nationally, including Surf Cup, the Las Vegas College Showcase and the Disney College Showcase. He has been involved with the U.S. U15 national team and an invited guest speaker and clinician on a number of occasions with the Japanese Football Association (JFA).
He is a member of the United States Soccer Federation and holds an A license from the organization. He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and earned a premier diploma from the NSCAA.
Goodson's wife, the former Emma Borst, was a member of Santa Clara's 2001 NCAA championship team. They have two sons.