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Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University Athletics
501 E. 38th St. Erie, PA 16546
Division 2 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small Competitive team

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Ryan Osborne

Ryan Osborne became the head coach of the Mercyhurst men's soccer team in January of 2020.


Osborne's first season was canceled due to COVID-19, the Lakers played a shorted spring schedule where they went 6-0 in exhibition play.


Most recently, Osborne served as the Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach at Notre Dame College in Ohio. In his time with the Falcons the program has recorded 47 wins and finished with a No. 23 national ranking in 2018.


Prior to his time with Notre Dame, Osborne served as the assistant coach for Marietta College. The Pioneers reached the Ohio Athletic Conference postseason in both of his seasons with the team.


Osborne's coaching career started as a graduate assistant at Division II powerhouse University of Charleston, his alma mater.


Osborne also has experience as head coach with the Cleveland SC of the National Premier Soccer League. He was named the Midwest East Region Coach of the Year in 2019 after an 8-2 regular season, while also leading the team to a national final four, losing to eventual champion Miami FC. In his two seasons with Cleveland SC he amassed a regular season record of 15-5-2. The team were Midwest regional semi-finalists in 2018 and then Midwest regional champions in 2019.


A native of Wakefield England, Osborne was a standout player for the Golden Eagles before he began his coaching career. While a player at Charleston Osborne was twice named to the Daktronics All Region team and was also an All WVIAC selection in 2011. In 2011, he led the team in assists and in 2010 the team advanced to the Sweet 16. During his time at Charleston Osborne was a part of teams that won four straight regular season and conference tournament championships.


Following his collegiate career, Osborne played the summer 2014 season with the West Virginia Chaos in the Premier Development League (PDL). He was on a team that won the South Atlantic Division and advanced to the PDL Elite Eight. He split time as a forward and attacking midfielder and helped the team achieve their best season in franchise history. As a youth Osborne spent time in the Barnsley FC program.


Osborne completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 2013 and a Master's degree in Strategic Leadership in 2014 from the University of Charleston. Additionally, he holds his USSF “B” license and an NSCAA level three goalkeeping diploma.

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Austin Solomon

Solomon is entering his ninth season on the sidelines for Mercyhurst men’s soccer. Solomon joined the Lakers’ coaching staff in the fall of 2013 as a graduate assistant, later becoming assistant coach on April of 2015 and associate head coach on February of 2018.


During Solomon’s coaching years at Mercyhurst, the Lakers were PSAC regular season champions on four occasions (’13, ’14, ’15, ’16), PSAC Tournament Champions twice (‘14 and ‘16), and PSAC Tournament Runner ups in 2015.


On the national scene, the Lakers have made the NCAA National Tournament three times during Solomon’s coaching years. In 2013, the Lakers made it to the Elite 8, where they lost to the eventual NCAA Tournament champion, Southern New Hampshire, in a thrilling PK shootout at home. In 2014, the Lakers made it to the Sweet 16 and, in 2016, men’s soccer made it to the second round of the tournament.


Solomon is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras and a graduate of DelCampo International School. He left his home in 2007 to move to Richmond, VA. and arrived to Mercyhurst in the fall of 2009 as a member of the men’s soccer team. Solomon played four seasons as a Laker midfielder. During his senior season, Solomon captained the Lakers and guided them to its first PSAC regular season title and PSAC Tournament title in 2012. Solomon also made four NCAA tournament appearances with the Lakers (’09-‘12). During the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Solomon led the Lakers to the national semifinals. Solomon scored the game-winning goal against Gannon in the Sweet 16 and, in the Elite 8, he contributed with the opening goal and an assist against Southern New Hampshire, which propelled them to the Final Four in Evans, GA. Apart from being a Laker, Solomon has played for the Erie Commodores since 2011 in the NPSL, earning a few conference titles along the way.


Solomon graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing before earning a Master's in Organizational Leadership from Mercyhurst University.


Solomon resides in Erie with his fiancée, Jennifer.

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