Terry Boss - Head Coach
National championship coach and native Oregonian Terry Boss has returned to Oregon State as the head men’s soccer coach, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced on December 28, 2017.
“I would like to thank Scott Barnes, Kimya Massey (OSU associate athletic director) and the rest of search committee for entrusting me with this opportunity,” Boss said. “It’s a dream come true to return home and lead the Oregon State Beavers’ men’s soccer team. This is the community I love and a program that has always been near and dear to my heart.”
Boss, a native of Philomath, Ore., recently completed his fourth season at the University of Virginia and his second as the Cavaliers’ associate head coach. He helped the Cavs advance to the NCAA Tournament all four years, including winning the national championship in 2014. Boss was also a key figure in Virginia’s last three recruiting classes that ranked in the top 10 nationally, including No. 2 in 2015 and No. 5 in 2016.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Boss back to Oregon State,” Barnes said. “Coach Boss brings a wealth of experience from the highest levels of collegiate and professional soccer, and has unique knowledge of the Pac-12 landscape that is invaluable as we move our program forward.
We’d also like to thank Coach (Ben) Stoddard for serving as the interim head coach for the last several weeks and look forward to his continued contributions as associate head coach.”
Boss was the lead assistant at Oregon State for the 2013 season and helped shape the program that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years. In 2013, goalkeeper Matt Bersano earned Pac-12 Second Team honors.
“I believe in this program; this is a program that will be synonymous with academic achievement and athletic excellence on the national stage,” Boss added.
Boss began his coaching career at Tulsa University, his alma mater, in 2012. He helped the Golden Hurricane to a 14-6-1 record, the Conference USA title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet 16.”
In his six years as an assistant coach, Boss has been associated with teams that have compiled a 68-35-17 record and played in five NCAA Tournaments.
As a student-athlete at Tulsa, Boss helped the team advance to the 2003 and ’04 NCAA Tournaments. He appears among the top goalkeepers in the Golden Hurricane’s history and was a standout academically.
Boss followed his collegiate career with a lengthy professional one playing seven seasons before retiring in 2012. His last three years were spent with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer where he picked up 28 saves and three shutouts, and posted a 6-2-1 record. During his time in Seattle, he played with Kasey Keller, one of the premier American goalkeepers of all time. As a Sounder, Boss won three consecutive US Open Cup titles and played against some of the best clubs in the world, including Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara and Boca Juniors.
Prior to that, he was with the New York Red Bulls (2008-09), as well as the United Soccer League's Charlotte Eagles (2005, 2008), and Puerto Rico Islanders (2006-07). He helped the Eagles to the USL-2 title and was honored with the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. His international competition includes being a part of the Puerto Rico National Team (2009-12) which includes twice competing in the World Cup Qualifying Rounds.
Boss earned his bachelor's degree in finance in 2004 from Tulsa.
Boss possesses USSF A and USSF Goalkeeping licenses, and in June will earn his UEFA B License.
A Philomath, Oregon, native, Boss is married to Hannah. His brother, Kevin, won a Super Bowl championship and played tight end with the New York Giants.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT TERRY BOSS
“No one I ever played with worked harder than Terry. When he was given the news that he had to retire from playing, he focused that tremendous work ethic into transforming himself into a great coach. Nobody deserves this more!” Three-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, Kasey Keller
“Terry showed great leadership on and off the field during his time with Seattle Sounders FC. He is a true student of the game and has developed into a very good coach. I am looking to watching his continued success.” Chris Henderson, VP of Soccer Seattle Sounders FC
“Terry is an amazing young man. His work-ethic was unmatched in all the years I’ve coached. He has a high soccer IQ that enables him to analyze every aspect of the game. One characteristic that Terry always exhibits is his desire and passion for excellence in all areas of the game and his life. He will succeed in whatever he puts his mind to.” United Soccer League Hall of Fame coach Mark Steffens
“Oregon State has hired an outstanding men’s soccer coach. Terry is full of passion, ideas, and has a tireless work ethic. He has been an important part of our program and we will miss him. I am looking forward to following his career at Oregon State. We wish him the best of luck and success.” Virginia men’s soccer head coach George Gelnovatch
“Terry is a Pacific Northwest success story … he’s now headed home and I believe he’ll just continue his winning ways. He’s proud of his roots, and will work tirelessly to build the program that his home state will be proud of. Terry is as genuine a person as there is in the game. He’s a competitor, but takes pride in doing things the right way. He will be a great addition to the conference, and will keep the Pac-12 as one of the toughest conferences in the country.” Washington men’s soccer head coach Jamie Clark
“I couldn’t be more excited and happy for both Coach Terry Boss and Oregon State Soccer. Terry is not only one of the best young coaches in the country, but one of the best human beings and mentors in the game.” Wake Forest men’s soccer head coach Bobby Muuss
“Terry is a professional, all around. During my time at Oregon State I was lucky enough to spend a season working with Coach Boss and he demonstrated his professionalism daily through his vast soccer experience and his overall connection with the players. I'm excited for him to get working with the guys and start the push for the program to be at the level nationally that this university deserves.” OSU two-time Pac-12 Conference goalkeeper honoree and current San Jose Earthquake Matt Bersano
“Terry Boss is one of the most hard working, committed and supportive teammates I’ve ever had. A great acquisition by Oregon State.” Former Seattle Sounder and current assistant coach at VFL Wolfsburg Freddie Ljungberg.
BJ Craig - Associate Head Coach
Distinguished men's soccer assistant coach BJ Craig will join the Oregon State coaching staff for the 2018 season as an associate head coach, head coach Terry Boss announced Tuesday.
"BJ's resume and background speak for themselves," Boss said. "He's one of the best coaches in the game and, more importantly, he is a great man and an exceptional leader of young men. BJ will add tremendous value to the program and his family will be a light in our community. I'm very excited to welcome BJ and his family into our Oregon State soccer family."
Craig spent the last 10 seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff, including five as associate head coach. During his tenure with the Fighting Irish, the team went 122-55-35 and won the 2013 national title. Under Craig's tutelage, Notre Dame produced 24 MLS Draft picks, 10 All-Americans and 40 all-conference honorees.
Craig becomes the third member of the Oregon State coaching staff with a National Championship under his belt, joining Boss and assistant coach Ryan Zinkhan, both of whom were part of Virginia's 2014 NCAA title team.
The Irish made the NCAA Tournament in nine of Craig's 10 campaigns with the team, and won four conference championships. He was honored as United Soccer Coaches Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014, and was South Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013. Craig was also tabbed as one of College Soccer News' Top Assistant Coaches in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Among the numerous outstanding players to train under Craig are five-time MLS All-Star and 2012 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Besler, and 2012 All-Star Justin Morrow. Both Besler and Morrow have earned caps with the United States Senior National Team.
During Craig's time at Notre Dame, his student-athletes succeeded in the classroom as well, with the squad producing 11 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and two United Soccer Coaches Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Prior to joining the Notre Dame staff, Craig was an assistant coach at Louisville for a season, helping guide the Cardinals to an 11-7-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Before heading to Louisville, Craig had a four-year stint (2003-06) as head coach at Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania). Craig posted a 31-31-13 record at Saint Francis and left with the second-most wins in program history. He led the Red Flash to their first two Northeast Conference (NEC) tournament appearances and also produced the program's first winning season during the 2004 campaign en route to being named the NEC Coach of the Year.
Craig also spent time as an assistant coach at Dartmouth (1998-2003) and at his alma mater, Gordon College (1995-96).
Craig, a native of Westford, Massachusetts, is a 1993 graduate of Gordon College with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He earned one varsity letter at the University of Massachusetts Lowell before transferring to Gordon College, where he lettered twice. Craig helped Gordon College to the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship in 1992. He earned a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1997. He is a member of the NSCAA and holds a USSF B License.
Ryan Zinkhan - Assistant Coach
Zinkhan arrives at OSU after serving the last year as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. In addition, he has held different roles at the Fredericksburg Football Club in Virginia since January of 2015, including director of coaching for boys.
"Ryan is a natural leader," Boss said. "I had the privilege of coaching Ryan in 2014 at the University of Virginia. I watched him excel in the classroom and help lead the Cavaliers to their seventh national championship. Ryan's experience uniquely equips him to make an immediate impact in the lives of our student-athletes on and off the field."
Zinkhan is a 2014 graduate of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs with a minor in history. In addition to the 2014 national championship season, he helped UVA to the NCAA Final Four in 2013. He played in 78 career games for the Cavaliers.