Entering his second season with the Yellow Jackets and first as interim head coach BJ Pheasant brings experience from nationally ranked teams with a postseason pedigree.
Pheasant came to Defiance College from Baldwin Wallace University in the tough OAC conference. In 2016 he was at Thomas More College where the coaching staff earned the 2016 NSCAA Region Coaching Staff of the Year award for last season's achievements. The team won their 6th straight PAC conference title and reached #3 in the country with a 22-1-1 record advancing to the Sweet 16 or better in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year. While serving as Associate Head Coach at Concordia University Chicago (CUC), Pheasant was part of four consecutive double-digit winning seasons while leading CUC to the NACC conference tournament for the first time. Pheasant also has experience in the HCAC conference with programs at Franklin College and Manchester University.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Pheasant coached high school teams for eleven years, club teams for nineteen years, and in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has a career record of 425-161-76 in his 51 seasons of action at all levels and has two state titles and two final fours in club soccer along with two teams that advanced to semi-state in the high school ranks. He has both an NSCAA Advanced National and Level 3 Goal Keeping Diplomas.
Pheasant earned degrees in business and agricultural economics from Purdue University in 2002. Along with his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration & Sports Management from Indiana University in 2009.