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 first season as head coach in 2018


Spent four seasons as an assistant under Jeremy Groves, winning three OVC regular season title, 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


Personal


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


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

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Ryan Jones

At Murray State


Ryan Jones is in his first season with the Murray State women's soccer program in the 2018 season.


Coaching Career


Worked for Perfect Touch Soccer, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 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 Arcadia's men's programs, as well as coaching various club organizations.


Playing Career


Played collegiate soccer at Marywood.


He was was a three-time NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection and an ECAC South Defensive Player of the Year.


Was recruited to play for Ecchleshill United, a non-league side, in England through the International Academic and Soccer Academy program.


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


Jones returned to Team USA in 2017 and helped the USA to back-to-back Maccabiah Games gold medals.


During his last two months in England, he was invited to train with the first team for EFL League 1 side Bradford City, before signing a professional contract with Palloseura Kemi Kings, which played in the first division of Finnish football.


Personal


Graduated in 2015 with a degree in digital media from Marywood and earned a Master's in public relations and strategic communications from Leeds Beckett University.


Was a NSCAA college division third-team Scholar All-American, a 2-time NSCAA college division men's Scholar All-East Region second team honoree.


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

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Taylor Stevens

At Murray State


Is in her second season in 2018 as part of the Racer Soccer coaching staff.


Helped coach the Racers to their third-straight OVC regular season title in 2017 as the Racers were 15-2-2 and 8-0-2 in league play.


A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, she will work primarily with the Racer goalkeepers on head coach Jeremy Groves’ staff.


Playing Career


She carved out an outstanding collegiate career (2011-15) as a key part in returning Racer Soccer to championship status.


In 2015, the Racers won their second Ohio Valley Conference title and set program records with an 11-game win streak and 16 wins, and played in the NCAA Tournament for the second time.


2015 also marked the first time in MSU history that the Racers won both the OVC regular season and tournament championships in the same season.


She left the Racers the record for most minutes played.


Was a multiple winner of the OVC Defensive Player of the Week Award and as a senior in 2015, she was named First Team All-OVC.


She joins the Racers after serving as assistant coach in the women’s soccer program at the University of Southern Indiana under head coach Eric Schoenstein in 2016.


A 2015 graduate of Murray State, Stevens is working toward a master’s in human development and leadership at Murray State.

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