Head coach Mark Batman begins his 15th 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 20-2-2 record and a perfect 9-0-0 mark in the OAC, posting the program's 14th consecutive winning season.
Batman was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2017 after guiding Northern to a perfect conference schedule. Batman and the Polar Bears made their first NCAA Div. III Tournament appearance since the 2012 season and advanced to the school's first ever Elite 8 appearance. He and his staff were named the Div. III Great Lakes Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches after their Elite 8 run.
Under his direction, ONU has made nine appearances in the OAC Championship game as well as earned four regular season championships and two tournament titles.
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 is the winningest head coach in ONU Women's Soccer history with an overall record 185-76-26.
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 third 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.