Oglethorpe University

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


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Jon Akin

Akin has rewritten the record book since he arrived at Oglethorpe 15 seasons ago as a young head coach at the age of 25. Since his arrival, he has become the winningest coach in the 50-plus years of the program, compiling a 127-103-20 mark.

He has coached the team to the program’s first-ever conference championship, taking the SCAC championship in 2011 and earning the program’s first-ever NCAA berth after a 17-4 season. That same season, he was named SCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and saw player Mark Lavery named SCAC Defensive Player of the Year and NSCAA First Team All-America. There have only been two All-Americas in the history of the program and Akin has coached them both, with St. Louis’ David Mueller receiving the honor in 2005. In 2013 Akin led the team to its second overall conference title and first SAA title and was named conference coach of the year for the third time. The 2013 team also secured the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award for senior Nick Williamson and the SAA Defensive Player of the Year honor for senior Clemson transfer Nikos Papanikolopolous. The team finished 11-3-3 and lost just once over their final 15 games.

In 2015, he led the Petrels to a 10-3-3 record, the program's first-ever regular season conference championship and it's third conference championship of any type during his tenure. Akin earned the fourth conference coach of the year award of his tenure and his second SAA Coach of the Year honor. The 2015 team saw goalkeeper Vaughn Moore earn SAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, while midfielder Topher Marshall won the SAA Newcomer of the Year award. The Petrels also put eight players on All-SAA teams in 2015, while midfielder Nick Muntean was named to the All-South Atlantic Region Second Team and the Scholar All-South Region Team by the NSCAA.

The 2016 season saw the Petrels pick up where the left off the year before, as they went undefeated in SAA play to win their second consecutive SAA regular season title and their fourth conference trophy overall. Marshall again picked up some impressive postseason hardware, this time winning the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award. Team captain Micah Akin won SAA Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Coach Akin earned SAA Coach of the Year for the second straight campaign, marking the fifth conference coach of the year award of his career. The Petrels put nine total players on All-SAA teams in 2016, while Marshall earned All-South Atlantic honors and midfielders Josh Hoeft and Erik Marquez took Scholar All-South accolades.

Akin has brought in some of the best Division III soccer talent in the country with several all-conference and all-region players and multiple freshmen and players of the year. Oglethorpe has also received several transfer students from prestigious Division I programs.

Akin's staff has also seen several recent coaches moving on to full-time positions in pro soccer and various programs all over the ranks of college soccer, from Division I to NAIA and former assistant Keylor Reyes is on the international stage as an assistant with the Costa Rican national team.

Under Akin, the team plays a very attractive style, with possession-oriented soccer, building from the back and playing quickly through the lines. This style has helped greatly in recruiting, as it’s a system that players love to play in. The coaching staff focuses on technique, work ethic and player improvement and looks for players who have the ability to play in and will improve within the system.

Akin also works with the U.S. Soccer Federation as a national team scout and Development Academy evaluator. He holds the U.S. Soccer "A" coaching license, the NSCAA "Premier" license (in which he received the highest rating with a "Distinguished Pass"), and the U.S. Soccer National "Youth" license.

Playing Bio

Akin grew up in Pensacola, Fla., where he attended Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1995, he attended Saint Leo University as a freshman. Jon was named First-Team All-Conference and All-South. In 1996, he scored 28 goals and had 16 assists to lead the nation in scoring. He was All-American, All-South, and the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year. In 1997, Akin was First-Team All-American, All-South, and All-Sunshine State Conference. In 1998, he ended his career at Saint Leo finishing second all-time in career goals with 61 and first in assists with 45. In 1998, he spent three months with Independiente of the Argentinian First Division.

In 1999, Akin was drafted by the Charleston Battery in the first round of the A-League draft. In 2000, he played in all 32 games for the Battery, who lost in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual-champion Rochester Raging Rhinos. During the 2000 offseason, Akin played with Kilkenny City of the Irish Premier League.

In 2001, Akin played 26 games for the Battery before losing to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the playoffs. He began the 2002 season with the Charleston Battery before being traded to the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he played 20 games.

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Gabriel Chapman

Gabriel Chapman is an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the men's soccer team at Oglethorpe University. He returned to the program in early 2020 after previously spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Stormy Petrels from 2013 to 2016.

He has experience coaching soccer to boys and girls of all ages at college, club/select, ODP and high school levels. He is currently also the boys varsity head coach at Roswell High School.

He holds the UEFA B License, which he obtained in Barcelona, Spain, as well as Level 1 and Level 2 badges from the English FA, the USSF "B" License and the NSCAA Premier Diploma. In 2012, he worked as a translator at the International Soccer Congress in Ma´laga, Spain. A lover of travel and languages, he has also spent time working in and observing soccer in Spain, England, Portugal and Italy: Barcelona (Club Natació Terrassa), Málaga CF, West Bromwich Albion, FC Porto and Chievo Verona. He is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese.

A native of Sandy Springs, he played club soccer at Concorde Fire and then went on to attend Georgia Tech where he played on the club soccer team.

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Carter Sadin

Carter Sadin joined the Oglethorpe men's soccer staff in 2021 following a playing career which took him to Triangle FC Alliance and University of Lynchburg. After growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sadin played four years of college soccer at Lynchburg where he majored in sport management with a minor in business. He played forward while at Lynchburg, winning two conference championships and making one NCAA tournament appearance. He also coached at ID Camps while at Lynchburg, and he helped run camps and perform evaluations at North Carolina FC.

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Nathaniel Getman

Nathaniel Getman joined Oglethorpe's athletics staff as men's soccer assistant coach prior to the fall 2022 season.

Getman is a decorated player at the high school and collegiate level. In 2011, he was an Alabama state high school champion. In 2017, he was named an NJCAA All-Region first team goalkeeper, and in 2019, he was named a USCAA All-American.

Getman is a veteran of the sport, and to the country. He served as an Infantry Soldier in the United States Army from 2014 to 2015, between attending Wallace State Community College and Quincy College. After his service, Getman attended Quincy College where he captained the team to their first ever playoff games and earned the aforementioned NJCAA honor.

Getman was also a team captain when he attended Bryant & Stratton College in Albany, New York. He earned an associate degree in General Business/Commerce from the school in 2020, and is expected to graduate with a bachelor's degree in fall 2022.

Even with an admirable time on the field, Getman is no stranger to coaching. From 2019 to 2020, Getman was the New York Elite FC U-16 Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coach, and from 2020 to 2021 was the Assistant Coach for the East Tennessee State University men's soccer team. Since 2021, he has been a Tri-Cities United U-14 Coach and Goalkeeper Coach.

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