COLUMBUS, Ohio – Coaching veteran Brian Jankowski has been hired as an assistant coach of the Ohio State women’s soccer team, head coach Lori Walker announced Friday. 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 will be 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.
"I am proud to add Brian to our staff,” Walker said. “I have been tracking his development and growth since he arrived at the University of Dayton. Brian is a sharp coach and clinician with well-respected roots and contacts in the Ohio club soccer community and around Region II. His energetic, friendly and professional demeanor left a lasting impression. He is someone who cares deeply for his player's advancement, development through fundamentals, and future opportunities. He worked eight years in the corporate world and as a result of those experiences, he exudes an intelligence, attention to details, and professionalism rarely found in the women's coaching profession.”
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.
“Brian's work with Dayton's attacking unit and set pieces are dynamic and impressive while his scouting preparations are simple, thorough and effective,” Walker added. “You can't help but respect the guy who was responsible for the player's preparation at Dayton that scored twice on us in the NCAA Tournament this past year in our 3-2 victory in the first round. We have a strong history of hiring great people here at Ohio State and I am honored to welcome Brian to our Buckeye family."
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.