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Oglethorpe University

Oglethorpe University Athletics
4484 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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Rob King

Rob King Profile


First Season as Head Coach: 2022-23

Tenure: 2023-24 is his 2nd season

Total W-L-T at Oglethorpe: 4-8-3

Total W-L-T Overall:

Alma Mater: University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1992


Rob King joined Oglethorpe's athletics staff as head women's soccer coach in January 2022. A multitime conference champion at the NCAA Division I level and national champion and national coach of the year at the Division II level, King brings with him a coaching record filled with success.


Last Season


King, in just his first season with the Stormy Petrels, led the program to unprecedented success. The team won its first Southern Athletic Association game since 2019 with a 1-0 victory at Birmingham Southern, also marking the program’s first-ever win over the Panthers.


With only four league losses, King’s team posted its fewest conference losses since 1999. In seven SAA games, the team conceded only eight goals, and only twice did the Petrels allow a team to score more than one goal.


Freshman Harlow Cregar, senior Nikki Wells and junior Haley Lowell earned spots on the all-SAA team after the season, also marking a best for representation on the all-conference team since 2012.


Prior to Oglethorpe


King comes most recently from Young Harris College where in four seasons he established the women’s soccer program into a conference and national contender within the Peach Belt Conference. Under his tenure, King led the team to its first ever Peach Belt Conference tournament semifinal appearance, and in the classroom, the team won the athletic department’s Adidas Promo Award for highest team grade-point average.


From 2001 to 2015, King served Kennesaw State University in nearby Kennesaw, Georgia, as head women’s soccer coach and ultimately assistant athletic director. In just his second season at Kennesaw State, and the second season of the program itself, King led the team to the NCAA Division II national championship, topping Franklin Pierce 2-0 in the final.


King won national coach of the year that season after leading the team to a 25-1 record, and the program won its last nine games without conceding a goal.


Kennesaw State transitioned to NCAA Division I in 2009, during and after which time King won multiple Peach Belt Conference titles, Atlantic Sun Conference titles, and participated in a pair of NCAA Division I national tournaments. Along the way at Kennesaw State, King has mentored several all-Americans for both academics and athletics and developed multiple Division I and II head coaches.


King earned a promotion to assistant athletic director at Kennesaw State in 2004. Charged with leading two special projects, he brought together community, corporate and nonprofit funding partners to design and build the $25 million Fifth Third Bank Stadium. Simultaneously, King wrote the bid to bring the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s College Cup to Kennesaw and for two years guided each component of the project.


Prior to Kennesaw State, King served as head women’s and men’s soccer coach at University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, from 1995 to 2001. There, he led the men’s program to the 1999 Gulf South Conference title, and both teams were runners-up multiple times during the six-year span. King was the Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 1999 and was a 2020 University of Montevallo Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee.


King started his coaching career at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1992, and his men’s team won the 1993 NSCAA national championship.


Education | Personal


King graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology after completing his studies at Brunel University in London.


Timeline


Jan. 12, 2022 - Hired as head coach

Sept. 1, 2022 - First win as Oglethorpe head coach

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Tony Arnesen

Tony Arnesen joined Oglethorpe in 2023 as a volunteer assistant and stepped in as full-time assistant in 2024.


Prior to Oglethorpe


Arnesen was born and raised in San Diego where he Coached at the ECNL club level with DMCV Sharks for 11 years while also serving as Girl's College Director.


From 2019-2023, Arnesen served as Head Women's Soccer Coach at San Diego City College. In 2021, the program broke multiple records including 1) First State Playoff appearance in program history, 2) Most overall wins in program history, 3) Most conference wins in program history, 4) Best win percentage in program history, 5) Most goals in program history, and 6) Longest winning streak in program history.


Also from 2019-2023, Arnesen served as Head Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at San Pasqual High School. In 2022, his team finished as California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego section champions and State Semi-Finalists.


Education | Personal


Arnesen earned his BA in 2010 from Cal State University, Chico. In 2020, he earned his Masters in Kinesiology from California Baptist University. Arnesen holds a USSF National "C" License, Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma, NFHS Coaching Diploma, and Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Coach Certification.

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