Ohio State Women's Soccer Hires New Assistant Coach
June 20, 2005
Columbus, Ohio - Lori Walker, Ohio State women's soccer head coach, announced Monday the addition of Jonathan Morgan to the coaching staff. Morgan will assume an assistant capacity with concentration on team travel, recruiting and attacking principles on offense.
Morgan comes to Ohio State after spending three seasons as a volunteer coach at Rutgers, where he helped the Scarlet Knights to postseason appearances in 2002, '03 and '04. In his three seasons at Rutgers, Morgan helped direct one of the finest players in the country in Carli Lloyd, who was a four-time All-American midfielder and a finalist for the 2004 Mac Herrmann Player of the Year trophy.
Morgan, a native of Dover, Del., also had the opportunity to work with Walker and fourth-year assistant Greg Miller during his volunteer tenure at Rutgers, serving as an instructor at Ohio State summer camps each of the last three years.
"I have had the privilege to work with Jonathan in our summer camps the last three years," Walker, who will enter her ninth season at Ohio State, said. "He has a great eye for talent, a strong sense of the game and carries an outstanding demeanor with the student-athletes."
A four-year starter at Rowan College in Glassboro, N.J., Morgan served as team captain his senior season with the Profs. Following his playing career, he undertook his first coaching job at his alma mater in 1995, helping the Profs to a 17-1 mark and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
"I am excited for the opportunity to join such a great staff here at Ohio State," Morgan, who graduated from Rowan in 1996 with a degree in law and justice, said. "Ohio State is a proven national contender and a great university. I look forward to contributing to the success and tradition that is being built here."
In addition to his collegiate experience as a player and coach, Morgan has served as the co-owner and director of enrollment at USA Premier Soccer in Mendham, N.J. A long-time coach with the Olympic Development Program (ODP), he was the Under-17 (2001) and Under-15 (2000) Girls State (N.J.)Team coach, leading the U-15s to the Region I title. Morgan led the PDA Stampede to the 2002 U-15 State (N.J.) Cup championship, and was the head coach of the PDA Fury, the 2002 State (N.J.) Cup champion and a two-time Region I finalist. Also, he has served as a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Region I staff for three years.