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 second season as head coach in 2019

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

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 year's 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

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Ryan Jones

At Murray State

Ryan Jones is in his second year with the Murray State women's soccer program in the 2019 season.

Coaching Career

Worked for Perfect Touch Soccer, in Allentown, PA, where he served as the Director of Business Development and Head Trainer.

He spent time at the NCAA D-III level working with both Muhlenberg University and Arcadia University's men's programs.

Coached with FC Bucks in Holland, PA, taking over their U16 Boys team for a little over a year.

Playing Career

Signed a professional contract with Palloseura Kemi Kings in 2014, which played in the second division of Finnish football at the time (were promoted by the end of the season).

Prior to signing with PS Kemi Kings, in his last two months in England, Ryan was invited to train with the EFL League 1 side Bradford City's first team.

He was recruited in England through the International Academic and Soccer Academy program where he studied for his master's degree while playing for Ecchleshill United F.C., a non-league side, in Bradford, UK.

Played collegiate soccer at Marywood University, a Division III school in Scranton, PA.

At Marywood, he was selected to:

NSCAA College Division Scholar All American 3rd Team

Two-time NSCAA College Division Scholar All East Region 2nd Team

Three-time NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All Region 2nd Team

Four-time Jewish Sports Review DII/DIII 1st Team All-American

ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year

Two-time ECAC South Region All-Star

CSAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

Two-time CSAC Player Of The Year

Four-time CSAC All Conference 1st Team

Four-time CSAC All Academic Honor Roll

Two-time Marywood University Men's Soccer Team MVP

Two-time Marywood University Male Athlete of the Year

Marywood University Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year

CSAC 25th All-Anniversary Men’s Soccer Team

In 2013, he represented the United States at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel as part of Maccabi USA, eventually helping his squad to the first ever men's soccer gold medal in any age group at the games.

Jones returned to Maccabi USA team in 2017 and helped them to back-to-back Maccabiah Games gold medals.


Ryan received his bachelor's in Digital Media in 2013 from Marywood University.

He then earned a Master's in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from Leeds Beckett University in 2014.

He currently holds a USSF "D" license and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 diploma

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Racheal Foxley

Graduate Assistant Coach

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