Brandon Koons enters his 20th season as head coach of the women's soccer program at Otterbein, having led the Cardinals to eight Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular-season championships (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014), five OAC Tournament titles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010) and six appearances in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.
On October 27, 2012, Koons reached the 200-win plateau with a 2-1 victory over crosstown-rival Capital University. He is the all-time career wins leader in the OAC with 257.
Otterbein experienced three of its best seasons in program history from 2008-10, winning three-consecutive OAC regular season and tournament championships. The program advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 each year, making its first NCAA Final Four appearance in program history during the 2010 run before falling to eventual national champion, Hardin-Simmons University (Texas), in penalty kicks.
The team finished each of those three seasons ranked among the top-10 nationally, playing to a record of 58-4-7 over the time span.
Koons took over the women’s program in 1999 after serving four years as an assistant coach for the Otterbein men’s soccer team. He enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cardinals to a then-school record nine wins in 1999.
The improvement continued each season as Otterbein set school records for wins with 10 in 2000, 11 in 2001, 15 wins each in 2002 and 2003, and culminating with the current school record of 20 in 2005, 2009, and again in 2010.
In 2009, the Cardinals ranked second nationally with 18 shutouts, breaking the OAC single-season record in the process. In 2010, the team broke the record again with 21 shutouts, finishing atop the country in goals-against average (.16), save percentage (.933), and shutout percentage (.875).
Koons has been selected the OAC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2010; the Ohio Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000, 2008, and 2010; and was named the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2005, 2009, and 2010.
Koons has a USSF "B" License, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas. He is a frequent contributor to the NSCAA Soccer Journal and has authored eight DVDs for Championship Productions, found here.
In 2003, Koons worked with FIFA on the Technical Study for the 2003 Women's World Cup, breaking down systems of play, noting strengths and weaknesses of participating teams and choosing the Player of the Match for games played in Columbus, Ohio.
A native of Westerville, Koons earned both his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1994 and master’s degree in teaching in 1998 from Otterbein. While an undergraduate, he played four years on the varsity soccer team, serving as a captain his senior year. He then served as an assistant on the Otterbein men’s soccer team from 1995 to 1998.
Koons, who was a long-time director for Classics Eagles club, now coaches high school girls for the newly-formed Barcelona Academy in Columbus.
He and his wife, Barbara, live in Lewis Center and have a pair of daughters; Mackenzie, an 18-year old freshman at Otterbein, and Madison, a 14-year old freshman at Olentangy HS.