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Oglethorpe University

Oglethorpe University Athletics
4484 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319
Division 3 Georgia Southeast
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Jon Akin

Jon Akin Profile


First Season as Head Coach: 2003-04


Tenure: 2023-24 is his 21st season


Total W-L-T at Oglethorpe: 188-127-31


Total W-L-T Overall: 188-127-31


Times Named Conf. Coach of the Year: 8


Alma Mater: Saint Leo, 1999


Jon Akin has rewritten the record book since he arrived at Oglethorpe 21 seasons ago as a young head coach at the age of 25. Since his arrival, he has become the winningest coach in the 60-plus years of the program, compiling a 188-127-31 mark.


Program Success


Akin has coached the team to the program’s first-ever conference championship, taking the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) championship in 2011 and earning the program’s first-ever NCAA berth after a 17-4 season. That same season, Akin 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 All-America first team.


There have been four all-Americans in the history of the program, and Akin has coached them all. St. Louis’ David Mueller earned the honor in 2005, Lavery in 2011, Topher Marshall in 2017 and 2018, and Ryan Marcano in 2017 and 2019.


Akin’s staff has also seen several recent coaches moving on to full-time positions in professional soccer and various programs all over the ranks of college soccer, from Division I to NAIA. Former assistant Keylor Reyes is on the international stage as an assistant with the Costa Rican national team. Carter Sadin now serves as director of operations for Power 5 University of Central Florida, Barat Killian is the technical director for Alaska Rush, and Nate Getman serves as an assistant coach at Georgia Southwestern.


Style of Play


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 newcomers of the year and players of the year. Oglethorpe has also received well over 40 transfer students from prestigious Division I programs.


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 is a system that players love to play. 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.


Last Season


The team was riddled with draws, five of them to be exact. This caused the Stormy Petrels to finish fifth in the regular season, marking the first time they finished lower than third in eight years, all despite losing only one SAA game. One notable win included a 2-1 victory at Centre, a rematch of the SAA championship game one season prior. The Petrels only conceded five goals in seven conference games.


Akin’s team once again dominated the postseason awards docket with nearly the entire starting lineup on the list. There were nine of them to be exact, and juniors Javier Aponte and Javier Martinez highlighted it as all-conference second team selections.


Notable Past Seasons


2013: Akin led the team to its second overall conference title and first SAA title, and he was named conference coach of the year for the third time. That 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.


2015: Akin led the Petrels to a 10-3-3 record, the program’s first-ever regular season conference championship and its 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.


2016: The season saw the Petrels pick up where they 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 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.


Outside Oglethorpe | Background


Akin is a consultant for Major League Soccer (MLS) as a professional match evaluator. He also works with the U.S. Soccer Federation as a national team scout and Development Academy evaluator.


Akin 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.


Education | Personal


Akin grew up in Pensacola, Florida, where he attended Pensacola Catholic High School. In 1995, he attended Saint Leo University as a freshman. Akin was named All-Conference first team 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 All-American first team, 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.


Akin joined Oglethorpe’s staff as head coach shortly after finishing his playing career.


Timeline


Summer 2003- Hired as head coach


May, 2004- Named SCAC Coach of the Year


October 13, 2009- Surpassed winningest coach in program history


November 6, 2011- SCAC Championship win (first conference title in program history)


November 11, 2011- Program's first NCAA tournament appearance


November 17, 2011- Named SCAC Coach of the Year for the second time


October 25, 2013- 100th win as head coach


November 10, 2013- First SAA Championship win


November 19, 2013- Named SAA Coach of the Year


November 17, 2015- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the second time


November 8, 2016- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the third time


November 5, 2017- Second SAA Championship win


November 6, 2017- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time


November 11, 2017- First NCAA tournament win (first in program history)


July 27, 2018- Named to Georgia Soccer's 50 Best Coaches in 50 Years


November 5, 2018- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the fifth time


November 9, 2021- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the sixth time


October 28, 2023- 200th win as head coach


November 1, 2023- Named SAA Coach of the Year for the seventh time

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Mike Patrick

Mike Patrick returned to Oglethorpe in August 2022 to serve as assistant men's soccer coach and director of facilities operations. He previously served Oglethorpe's athletics staff as assistant coach from 2009 to 2012.


Prior to Oglethorpe


Patrick comes to Oglethorpe after a year as sales manager for Marriott in Atlanta and brings with him plenty of experience with collegiate sports. From 2017 to 2021, Patrick was the assistant athletic director and oversaw events and marketing at nearby Emory University. From 2015 to 2017, Patrick was the assistant athletic director at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Before Emory and Spring Hill, Patrick was the inaugural assistant director of championships with the Southern Athletic Association from 2013 to 2015.


No stranger to Oglethorpe, Patrick was the director of soccer operations and assistant head coach from 2009 to 2012, just before Oglethorpe made the transition into the SAA. In Patrick's last year at Oglethorpe, he helped the team qualify for its first NCAA Men's Soccer National Championship tournament in the 50th-year anniversary of the soccer program.


Prior to collegiate sports, Patrick worked in medical sales from 1996 to 2007.


Education | Personal


Patrick graduated from University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts, and has a National Coaching "B" License and National Youth License from the United States Soccer Federation.


Patrick currently resides in Dunwoody, Georgia, with his wife Beth and daughter Elena. He enjoys soccer, cooking, running and spending time with his family.

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Josh Bronstorph

Josh Bronstorph returned to Oglethorpe in July 2023 to serve as assistant men's soccer coach.


A 2020 Oglethorpe alumnus, Bronstorph was a standout in his two years at Oglethorpe and a part of some of the best teams in Oglethorpe history. In 2018, he helped the team capture the Southern Athletic Association title and an NCAA appearance. In his senior year, he led the offense ranked No. 2 in the nation with an average goal production of 3.58 goals per game while boasting one of the most vigorous schedules in the country.


Prior to Oglethorpe


Bronstorph completed his master's degree in kinesiology and exercise science from Georgia Southern where he spent two years as assistant coach. At Georgia Southern, Bronstorph helped identify prospects for the NCAA Division I program and run their highly successful ID camps.


Education | Personal


Bronstorph holds a bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe and a master's degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern.

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Miguel Vilas

Miguel Vilas joined Oglethorpe in 2023 as assistant men's soccer coach, bringing with him extensive experience as a player and coach.


Prior to Oglethorpe


Vilas comes to Oglethorpe after serving as assistant coach with the Mercer University Bears' soccer program last season. Prior to his time with Mercer, Vilas served as head coach with Los Rayos, a men’s club team, where he helped lead the team to consecutive semifinal appearances in a nationally based tournament.


Vilas played his collegiate career with NCAA Division II Union University and Division I Gardner Webb University. He later played with Inter Nashville FC and the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL and the Tri-City Otters of USL2. While with Inter Nashville FC, Vilas competed in a second round U.S. Open Cup match.


Education | Personal


Vilas earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Gardner Webb in 2022 and his master's degree in business administration from Mercer in 2023.

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