TIFFIN -- Following an extensive national search, Ryan Carruth has been named the head men's soccer coach at Heidelberg University. Heidelberg athletic director Matt Palm made the announcement to the team and campus community on Monday.
"I am extremely honored and humbled to be given this wonderful opportunity," said Carruth. "I would like to thank athletic director Matt Palm and the entire hiring committee for entrusting me to lead the men's soccer program at Heidelberg."
Carruth, a graduate of St. Lawrence University, comes to Heidelberg after a two-year run as an assistant coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in California. Prior to his time with the Sea Lions, he had coaching stints at San Diego State University, the US Merchant Marine Academy and St. Lawrence.
Carruth takes the reins of the Heidelberg program from Brian Haley, who resigned at the end of the 2014 season after 26 years.
"The program at Heidelberg is what I consider to be a 'sleeping giant' in the world of Division III soccer," said Carruth. "New facilities, recent success and a rich academic culture give Heidelberg exciting potential."
In 2014, the Student Princes captured their first Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title with a heart-stopping 5-4 victory at John Carroll. The win propelled Heidelberg into the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
"When our search committee met for the first time, our goal was to identify a candidate with a strong coaching pedigree who was committed to the holistic success of our student-athletes," said Palm. "Ryan is exactly the type of mentor we were looking for to join our team."
During a storied undergraduate career at Division III St. Lawrence (NY), Carruth was a part of a squad that strung together a 60-match unbeaten streak. In 1999, the Saints became the first ever untied or undefeated team in NCAA history when they posted a perfect 22-0-0 record en route to the national championship. That year, Carruth was the leading scorer and was named Second Team All-America.
"My college years crystallized for me the importance of creating a healthy culture where positive relationships are fostered and excellence is attained through hard work, integrity and friendship," added Carruth, who has also served as a staff coach and college guidance director for two prominent youth soccer clubs in California - San Diego Surf Soccer Club and Albion SC.
Heidelberg plays at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex, which features a natural-grass varsity pitch with stadium seating along the touchline. Under Haley's guidance, Hidden Valley has been transformed into one of the top college soccer facilities in the region.
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