Outstanding student-athletes will be honored at 46th annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner
Class includes three forwards, four forward/midfielders, three midfielders, two defenders and a goalkeeper
First camp begins June 10
Tiffany Cameron, Megan Fuller and Lauren Granberg named All-Ohio
Junior started all 22 matches for the Buckeyes this season
Student-athletes who choose to pursue their soccer careers at Ohio State University are instructed, mentored and cared for by an innovative and expert coaching staff led by North Carolina graduate and Big Ten Coach of the Year Lori Walker. Now in her 16th year on the Columbus campus, Walker and her staff have led the Buckeyes to seven NCAA tournament appearances in the last 10 years, most recently in 2011 when Ohio State advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.
Walker surrounds Ohio State's student-athletes with creative teachers that include associate head coach Glen Tourville, who has 20 years experience as a collegiate head coach; Jason Goodson, an assistant in his first season in Columbus after four years at Washington State; and Spencer "Deuce" Bownas, who has been associated with Buckeye soccer for the past nine seasons. The staff instructs through a blend of team and character-building exercises and individual skill development that creates a perfect chemistry for winning games and reaching goals.
Ohio State's players thrive in the successes from all their work on the pitch, and they also have a tremendous respect and appreciation for their coaches. For example, when members of the team were asked to complete the sentence "Ohio State coaches..." the responses were glowing and sincere:
Credit Walker for assembling such a terrific staff and for allowing her assistants the freedom to coach, to lead and to experiment. That's what experience as a coach will allow and Walker's experience, soccer knowledge and ability to build skills extend way beyond the impressive Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and the lovely Ohio State campus.
Wins, Championships and NCAA's
The 2001 and 2010 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Walker has also been honored as the Big Ten tournament's outstanding coach (2002). Ohio State has advanced to play in four Big Ten tournament championship games (1998, 2002-04-07) under Walker, winning the championship in 2002 and again in 2004.
Walker has guided Ohio State to the NCAA tournament seven times: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2004 team advanced to the national quarterfinals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with NCAA wins over Bowling Green, Detroit and Tennessee before a 1-0 loss to UCLA ended the 19-4-3 campaign. The Scarlet and Gray shattered numerous program standards that year, including most goals (62), assists (63), shutouts (13) and goals-against average of 0.67. The season included a nine-match win streak and a 13-game unbeaten run. The team was 15-1-1 at home.
In 2007, Ohio State won its first 10 games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to establish another program first before finishing 10-2 at home, a record that included wins over NCAA tournament teams San Diego, Pepperdine, Illinois and Indiana. The team advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game with a win over Indiana and a penalty-kick shootout decision over Penn State. The season was highlighted by an invitation to the NCAA tournament.
In 2008, Ohio State won six consecutive matches to position it for its 13th Big Ten tournament appearance. The team qualified for the tournament with the help of a stunning, 1-0, win at Penn State that snapped the Nittany Lions' 67-game Big Ten unbeaten streak at Jeffrey Field and dating to 1995.
The Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten Conference for their best finish ever and reached their fifth NCAA tournament in 2009 while Walker was named NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. Their 14-3-2 regular season record marked the best in school history. The seven wins Ohio State posted in Big Ten play were a program best and the four total losses tied for the fewest in school history. The Buckeyes gave up just 13 goals, four fewer than any other season and were 4-0-1 against ranked opponents.
In 2010, Walker led the Buckeyes to the first Big Ten championship and College Cup in program history en route to Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. The Buckeyes knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) in overtime in the first round, advanced on penalty kicks against Dayton in the second round and defeated Virginia and Georgetown to advance to the NCAA semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Notre Dame. The Scarlet and Gray finished the season with a 17-5-2 record, tallying the second-most wins in school history, and ranked fourth in the final NSCAA rankings, another program best.
Last season, Walker guided the Buckeyes to their second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance after posting a 12-9-2 record, including NCAA upsets of Tennessee and No. 15 Milwaukee. The trip to the NCAA tournament marked Ohio State's fourth appearance in the last five seasons.
Prior to taking over at Ohio State for the 1997 season, Walker spent two seasons at Kansas, where she started the program and compiled a 13-23-1 record in two seasons coaching a team of predominantly freshmen and sophomores.
MD, KU, Ohio State and ODP
In January of 2006, Walker was a part of the evaluation and team selection committee for the U.S. Under-20 National Team that traveled to Cordoba and Veracruz, Mexico, for the eight-team CONCACAF tournament.
Scarlet and Gray and Carolina Blue
Walker holds an "A" license and a National Youth License from the U.S. Soccer Federation, as well as a Premier diploma from the NSCAA. She is an active member of the NSCAA and former member of the NSCAA Women's Committee.
Watching the World of Soccer
Student-Athletes Thrive at Ohio State
Lori Walker has overseen the development of academic All-Americans, scholar-athletes, All-Americans, tournament MVPs, freshmen of the year and National team members ... and the list of accomplishments and honorees grows each year.
National Team/Camp Representatives
CoSIDA Academic All-American
NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-Americans
First-Team All-Big Ten Conference
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
Big Ten Tournament MVP
Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Americans