Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH 45810
Ohio Midwest
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Mark Batman

Head coach Mark Batman begins his 13th season at the helm of the Ohio Northern women’s soccer program and is the fourth head women’s soccer coach in ONU’s history.


Last season, Batman guided ONU to a 12-7-2 record and 7-2-0 mark in the OAC, posting the program's 12th consecutive winning season.


In the 2012 season, Batman led the Polar Bears to a 13-5-5 record and the program's first ever OAC Tournament championship. The Polar Bears also advanced to the NCAA III Second Round for the second consecutive season. For his efforts, he was named Ohio Coach of the Year.


Under his direction, ONU has made seven appearances in the OAC Championship game as well as earned two regular season championships and one tournament title.


In 2009, Batman led the Polar Bears to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance against Wittenberg after leading the team to a second-place finish in the OAC.


In 2007, he led the Polar Bears to an 8-0-1 mark in the OAC and their first OAC regular season title since 1998. For his efforts that season, he was named OAC Coach of the Year.


Batman came to Ohio Northern after assistant coaching stints at Savannah (Ga.) Arts and Design, Dubuque (Iowa) and his alma mater, Wilmington.


The Yellow Springs, Ohio, native served as assistant men’s soccer coach and assistant sports information director at Savannah A&D in 2003.


From 2001-02, Batman was a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Dubuque and served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Wilmington in 2000.


Batman graduated from Wilmington with the bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2000 and earned the master’s degree in physical education from Loras (Iowa) in 2003.


He also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and is a trainer at the United States Women's National Team Training Centers, where he helps identify talent for the U.S. Women's National Team. He is currently entering his second year with the United States Women’s National Team Training Center where his duties have included hosting practices through out the region for elite soccer players and identifying potential national team players.


As a student-athlete, Batman was two-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree at Wilmington, earning First Team kudos in his sophomore and junior seasons.


He was also selected First Team All-Great Lakes Region and the team’s MVP as a senior in 1999. Batman helped his team to two Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament and a national ranking as high as No. 12.

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Jess Kodiak

Jess Kodiak enters her first season as an assistant women's soccer coach at Ohio Northern University.


She joins the Polar Bears after serving as a Graduate Assistant for the Ohio University women's soccer team, while getting her Master's Degree in Coaching Education.


Prior to her stint at OU, Kodiak served as a Volunteer Assistant at Miami (Ohio) University for one year.


A 2013 graduate of Miami (Ohio) University, Kodiak earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business with a focus on supply chain management.


The Naperville, Ill. native was a standout student-athlete on the Redhawks soccer team as she was a 4-year member of the team.


Kodiak was named the team captain during the 2012 season where the Redhawks claimed the Mid-American Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles and made it to the Second Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.


Kodiak was named NSCAA Third Team All-America, MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Academic All-MAC, All-MAC First Team, First Team All-Great Lakes Region and 2012-13 Miami Female Athlete of the Year during her senior season.


She currently owns the single season assists record at MU with 12 and racked up 32 goals, 29 assists and 90 points in her career.


"We are very excited Jess has joined our staff," said Head Coach Mark Batman. "She brings a tremendous desire to learn, has had positive experiences at two successful soccer programs and we are hoping those experiences will help us attain even more success in the years to come. Jess is going to be a great addition to our soccer and athletic family at ONU."

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Brent Ridenour

Brent Ridenour is in his 19th season at the helm of the Ohio Northern men’s soccer program. He also serves as an assistant professor in the HPSS department.


The Springfield, Ohio, native has established the Polar Bears as a successful program regionally and nationally as the program has made seven NCAA tournament appearance.


In 2015, he guided the Polar Bears to its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth OAC Tournament Championship. The Polar Bears finished the season 17-5-1 overall and 8-1 OAC.


Ridenour took the program to new heights in 2012, guiding the Polar Bears to their most successful appearance with a national runner-up finish in the NCAA III Tournament. He led the Polar Bears to a school record 25 wins, a perfect 9-0-0 mark in OAC play and the OAC regular season and tournament championship.


During his tenure as head coach, ONU has been nationally-ranked in 2000, 2002 and 2006-09, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015 including its highest ranking as No. 2 in 2012.


Ridenour was recognized by his peers as the 2011 and 2012 NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.


Ridenour has also been recognized as Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.


Under his tutelage, the ONU program has reached the OAC Tournament 15 times in the past 18 seasons, earned eight OAC regular season championships and seven conference tournament championships.


In 2010, Ridenour became the winningest coach in the men’s soccer history with a 3-1 win at Muskingum. His overall coaching record stands at 249-102-27.


Ridenour is also responsible for the Polar Bears’ appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008, a first for the program. For his efforts that season, he was named All-Ohio Coach of the Year.


On Oct. 4, 2006 against Heidelberg, Ridenour notched his 100th win at ONU. Additionally, he was inducted into ONU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.


Brent and his wife, Kim, and daughters, Brianna and Cameron, live in Lima.


Education: Ridenour, a 1995 graduate of ONU, was a standout soccer and baseball player for the Polar Bears. He is ONU’s all-time career goal scorer for the men’s soccer program, scoring 56 goals in his four years.


A four-time All-Conference player, Ridenour is also second in the school’s all-time career points lead with 125. He also owned ONU’s single game and single season goals and points records until each was broken in 2004.


As a baseball player, Ridenour was a career .335 hitter and ranks third on ONU’s all-time hits list with 174 base hits during his four-year baseball career.


A three-time Academic All-OAC pick, Ridenour was the toughest batter to strike out in Division III during the 1994 season.


He capped off his career by winning the prestigious Clyde Lamb Scholarship Award, given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the Ohio Athletic Conference.


As an incoming freshman, Ridenour also received the Ohio Northern Presidential Scholarship, given to four incoming students each year. After completing his undergraduate career, he returned to Ohio Northern as a graduate assistant coach for women’s soccer and baseball in 1996.


Ridenour received his master’s degree from Bowling Green State in 1999.

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Chris Matejka

Chris Matejka is entering his fourth year as an assistant coach for Ohio Northern.


A 2013 graduate of ONU, Chris was a four-year varsity letter winner for the program and a captain as a senior.


During his ONU Soccer career as a player, Chris won four OAC Championships and made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior he was named D3Soccer.com All-American and OAC Midfielder of the year.


Chris earned his Creative Writing degree from ONU in 2013 and is a native of Chatham, Ohio, where he attended Cloverleaf High school.

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Cayleb Paulino

Cayleb Paulino is entering his second year as an assistant coach for Ohio Northern.


Prior to joining the ONU staff, Cayleb was the assitant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at Defiance College from 2012-2014 where he also earned his Masters of Art Education with a concentration in Sport Coaching.


A 2011 graduate from Wilmington College, Cayleb was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Wilmington College men's soccer program and was a two year captain, two time Academic All-OAC student-athlete, and All-East Region Scholar Athlete.


Cayleb earned a degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in coaching from Wilmington in 2011 and is a Sidney, Ohio native.

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