Murray State University

Murray State University Athletics
Racer Athletics - 217 Stewart Stadium Murray, KY 42071
Division 1 Kentucky Midwest
Public Large National competitor


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Matt Lodge

At Murray State

Enters fourth season as head coach in 2021

Led the Racers to an OVC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in his first year as head coach in 2018

Named the 2020-21 OVC Coach of the Year after guiding the Racers to an OVC regular-season title behind a 9-1 conference record

Played vital role in developing 17 All-OVC selections as a head coach

Instrumental in development of 2019 OVC Offensive Player of the Year Miyah Watford, and 2020-21 Defensive POY Izzy Heckman

Guided the Racers to perfect 5-0 OVC regular-season home records in both 2019 and 2020

Spent four seasons as an assistant under Jeremy Groves, winning three OVC regular season titles, two tournament championships and making two trips to the NCAA tournament

During his four years as an assistant, the Racers posted an an overall record of 50-21-6 and and dominated OVC play with a record of 32-3-5

During his four years over the offense, the Racers poured in 122 goals for an average of 1.58 per game

Crucial in development of three-time OVC Offensive Player of the Year Harriett Withers and 2017 OVC Freshman of the Year Rebecca Kubin

Holds a "D" license from the United State Soccer Federation and a Level 2 Certificate from the English Football Association

Joined Murray State in 2014 after spending the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant with the Kentucky Wildcats

Playing Career

Originally from Doncaster, England, was a four-year letterwinner at Kentucky

Named as Wildcats' first Freshman All-America selection in 2009.

Was named to the All-Conference USA Team in 2012.

In 2012, Lodge helped lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA appearance in nine years and he was team captain.

Finished his career third on Kentucky's all-time assist list and third in game-winning goals.

Scored 24 career goals at UK


He and his wife, Brooke, have one daughter, Millie

Graduated from Kentucky in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology

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Paul Cox

Paul Cox joined Murray State as the assistant women's soccer coach in 2020. He enters his second season in 2021.


Played an integral part in Murray State's OVC regular-season championship in his first year as an assistant in 2020-21

His guidance contributed to a Racer attack that ranked second in the OVC in goals per game (2.09)

Prior to MSU

Cox, an Andover, England native, comes to Murray State after spending three seasons as the head women’s soccer coach at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Making an instant positive impact on the program during his first campaign in 2018, he led the Chargers to the semifinals in the GPAC Tournament for the first time since 2014. After a return trip to the conference tournament semifinals in 2019, Cox would conclude his stint at Briar Cliff with championship glory – guiding his side to the program’s first-ever GPAC title and NAIA National Tournament appearance with a 10-1-2 overall record in 2020. Through his three seasons at Briar Cliff, Cox compiled a 30-18-4 record overall that included a 25-10-1 mark against conference opponents.

Prior to his run with the Chargers, Cox was the Director of Coaching for the Blair Football Club in Blair, Nebraska. Overseeing a coaching staff of 38 members with 19 competitive teams within the club, he was also responsible for obtaining and implementing a world-class curriculum with the club’s global partner, Southampton FC.

A 2012 graduate of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, Cox earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration in Management and Marketing before going on to complete his master’s in Leadership and Teaching in Learning. The former All-GPAC First Team selection himself, Cox was an all-conference honoree in three of his four years as a player at Midland. In 2009, he scored the game-winning goal that sent Midland to its first NAIA National Soccer Championships appearance in program history. He would go on to serve as the assistant coach for the Midland University men’s and women’s soccer teams while holding various responsibilities as an academic advisor and human performance professor until early 2018.

Cox earned his USSF 'C' License in 2018 and also possesses a Level 3 Goalkeeper Certification from the NSCAA.

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Peyton Bauman

Murray State women's soccer head coach Matt Lodge announced the addition of Peyton Bauman as graduate assistant coach for the 2021 season.

Bauman, who graduated from Mizzou in May, was a goalkeeper with the Missouri Tigers program from 2017-19 before she medically retired.

"Peyton was an outstanding player at Missouri and I'm excited to have her begin her coaching career with the Racers," Lodge said. "She is going to do well in taking her knowledge and experiences and share it with our goalkeepers. Peyton's work ethic and love for the game will resonate with our team."

Out of Flower Mound, Texas, she was a member of the Tiger's roster for three seasons (2017-19) for head coach Bryan Blitz. Bauman started 11 games with six wins and 52 saves in more 1,000 minutes in goal. She made a career-high 12 saves against Ole Miss in 2019. Her run with Mizzou was preceded by a Texas All-State career at Marcus High School and the Solar Chelsea club team.

Bauman graduated from Missouri with a degree in health sciences with a minor in business and minor in human development and family studies. She was named to the Southeastern Conference Honor Roll. She will pursue a master's degree in business administration at Murray State University.

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