Steve Simmons - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Steve Simmons enters his seventh season as the head coach for the Beavers after leading them to a 9-6-3 overall record in his first season with the team.
They finished 5-4-1 in conference play and finished second, their highest finish in conference play since 2002.
Under Simmons the Oregon State men's soccer saw one of its best players come through the program in Danny Mwanga. Mwanga led the Beavers and the Pacific-10 Conference in goals scored and goals per game during the 2009 season. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year for the 2009 season and was selected No. 1 overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the expansion Philadelphia Union.
Mwanga became the first Oregon State Soccer player to be taken first overall in the draft and only the second Oregon State student-athlete to be taken first overall in any major sports draft, the other being football legend Terry Baker selected by the LA Rams in 1963.
Simmons served at the helm for six seasons at Northern Illinois men's soccer program before becoming Oregon State's head men's soccer coach.
Prior to arriving at Oregon State, Simmons compiled a 59-47-13 record in six seasons at NIU as he led the Huskies to a NCAA Men's Soccer Championship appearance following the 2006 season. After the conclusion of the 2008 season, Simmons capped a five-year run in which the Huskies won 56 matches, a school-record for the most wins over a five-year span. During that five-year stretch, NIU won a Mid-American Conference Championship, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship and had players honored 24 times with All-MAC accolades.
Under his guidance, the Huskies reached at least10 wins in four of six seasons, including an 11-6-4 mark during the 2008 campaign in which NIU finished second in the MAC and advanced to the finals of the MAC Championship. In 2007, Simmons led NIU to a 7-9-4 mark as the Huskies advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Championship in addition to beating No. 9 Northwestern, 2-1, in double overtime.
Simmons' most outstanding professional recognition came after guiding his team to the 2006 Mid-American Conference Championship, when he was honored with the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The honor made him Northern Illinois' first finalist for the NSCAA Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Simmons has twice been named the MAC Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year (2004, 2006).
Simmons earned the 2006 awards after his team achieved the best season in Huskie men's soccer history. NIU's first MAC Men's Soccer Champion, the team finished the season with a school-record 15 wins, including a perfect 9-0-0 mark at home, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.
Simmons' philosophy led to the unprecedented success of the 2006 campaign. Goalkeeper Joe Zimka set an NCAA Division I record by allowing just 0.21 goals against per match, and the Huskies notched 14 shutouts, tied for the most in the country. The 15-win 2006 season saw the Huskies ranked as high as 19th on the NSCAA's Top-25, and punctuated an impressive three-year run in which the Huskies won 38 matches.
During the 2005 campaign, the Huskies rode a 736:31 shutout streak to a seven-match unbeaten run that peaked with a No. 22 national ranking as Northern Illinois finished as the runner-up in the MAC for the second straight season. It marked the first time the Huskies had finished in the top two in their conference in consecutive seasons since 1989-90.
In 2004, Simmons led Northern Illinois to an impressive 12-7-0 record as he was named MAC Coach of the Year. The Huskies won eight more games in 2004 than the year before, the nation's second-best turnaround. Under Simmons guidance, Curt Zastrow with Freshman of the Year honors while five other NIU players were named to All-MAC teams.
The foundation for Simmons' reconstruction efforts can be traced back to 2003, his first season at NIU. Faced with a program slowed by graduation and injuries, Simmons utilized a line-up with six freshmen. The Huskies won three contests in 2003, including MAC wins over Marshall and Buffalo, and lost nine matches by a single goal.
Prior to his arrival at NIU, Simmons spent two seasons as associate head coach with Oregon State, where he worked under former Beaver coach Dana Taylor. His teaching was evident in 2002 when OSU climbed to No. 18 in the national polls during a nine-week run in the top-25. Oregon State earned its first trip to the NCAA College Cup as part of a 13-8-0 campaign that was highlighted by victories over No. 6-rated California and No. 12 Tulsa.
Simmons moved to Corvallis after a successful five-year stint as head men's and women's coach at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. He took over a men's program coming off a 1-15-0 campaign in 1995 and built the Wildcats into a successful program. After an 8-11-0 debut in 1996 and a 7-12-1 mark in 1997, his team reached double digits in victories for the first time with a 10-10-0 record in 1998. Simmons' team followed that up with 12-7-1 record in 1999, and made a trip to the 2000 Final Four, where a loss to the eventual national champion ended a 21-1-1 season.
Simmons began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater Concordia University-Portland in 1990. He then went to Gonzaga University in 1994 as an assistant and gained his first head coaching post the following summer at Division III Whitworth College (Spokane, Wash.). His 9-8-2 record that year gave him Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honors and led to his move to fellow Northwest Conference member Linfield. With the Wildcats, he gained his second NWC Coach of the Year plaque in 2000. Between Linfield and Whitworth, Simmons compiled a head coaching record of 67-49-5 (.574).
As a collegian, Simmons netted first-team All-America honors from the National Christian College Athletic Association as well as NAIA Academic All-America recognition as a senior at Concordia University-Portland. He was a two-time (1988, 1989) NAIA Northwest All-Region selection and gained Concordia's Male Athlete of the Year Award in 1990 before earning a spot on the school's Athletics Wall of Fame in 1993.
A graduate of Chugiak High School in Eagle River, Alaska, Simmons completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Concordia in June, 1990. He was awarded his master of arts in physical education from Gonzaga in 1996.
Simmons is married to the former Maria Ballantyne of Salem, Ore. The couple has three children: sons Keagan and Jordan, and daughter Katey.
Ben Stoddard- Assistant Coach
Ben Stoddard joins the Oregon State coaching staff after serving 2 years as the graduate assistant coach for Indiana Wesleyan University (NAIA).
Stoddard, a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), assisted the IWU men's soccer program for the last two seasons in all facets, helping lead IWU to their two best seasons in program history. In 2012 and 2013 they won back to back regular season conference championships. In 2013 they also won the tournament championship, which ultimately lead to their run in the NAIA Sweet 16. In his two years, Stoddard helped guide IWU to a record of 28-8-7 and a national ranking inside the NAIA top 15.
In addition to his coaching duties at IWU, Stoddard also served as the U-16 and U-17 boys' age group director and elite team coach for Carmel United Soccer Club, which is considered one of the most premier clubs in the Midwest region. Stoddard also was an assistant coach for the Indiana Fire DA. While in undergrad, Stoddard coached for the Marion Lightning SC, helping guide their U-17 boys team to the their first ever state championship in 2011.
Stoddard played soccer for Gardner-Webb University (NCAA Division 1) before transferring to IWU in 2009. He received All-Conference and Academic All-American honors during his tenure with both teams, and served as team captain at IWU. During Stoddard's collegiate career he also played PDL for two summers with the Cascade Surge (Salem, OR) and Northern Virginia Royals. He graduated high school from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia while playing for Chad Liddle at the Darlington School Soccer Academy.
Stoddard is currently completing his Master's Degree in Management through Indiana Wesleyan University's online program.
He holds a USSF National 'B' License.
Derek Faulkner - Assistant Coach
Derek Faulkner heads into this first season with the Beavers in 2016. He comes to Oregon State from Cal State Los Angeles, where he helped the Golden Eagles to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 season was a banner year for the program, as Cal State Los Angeles won the NCAA West Region and was ranked No. 6 in the year-end poll. The team set program records by allowing just nine goals on the year and posting 13 shutouts.
Prior to his coaching career, Faulkner played two seasons at Cal State Los Angeles, helping the team win the West Region in his senior campaign. He scored the game-winning goal in the CCAA Tournament in 2013, on his way to All-Tournament Team honors. During his junior campaign, the Golden Eagles were ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation. Faulkner joined CSULA after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Santa Rosa Junior College, winning two conference titles and helping the team to a state Final Four.
Faulkner graduated with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Los Angeles in 2013, and earned his master’s in Sport Management from Cal Baptist in 2015.