Randolph-Macon College

Randolph-Macon College Athletics
103 E. Patrick St. Ashland, VA 23005
Division 3 Virginia Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Josh Laux

Randolph-Macon alum Josh Laux began his tenure at his alma mater in January 2015. Laux has already taken the Randolph-Macon soccer program to heights it hasn't seen since his own playing career.

In 2018, continued to be competitive in the ODAC recording conference wins with lopsided scorlines of 5-0 against Emory and Henry on senior day and a 4-0 win over Guilford earlier in the season. They also recorded a 2-0 victory over rival Hampden-Sydney. Laux helped facilitate the emergence of players as top-level players in the ODAC placing a player on All-ODAC Second team. The team consistently attracted large crowds at home and were consistent and confident in their style of play throughout the season.

Under Laux in 2017, Randolph-Macon solidifed itself as a top tier Old Dominion Athletic Conference team, finishing with a record of 14-3-1 and 6-2-1 in the ODAC. The team had one of the highest winning percentages in the country and tallied the most wins for a Yellow Jacket program since 1994, when the program won 14 matches. Inside the conference, R-MC marked the most wins since 2000. The Yellow Jacket defense was prolific with ten clean sheets -- the most since 2005. With Laux's guidance, multiple Yellow Jackets were honored for their work on the field and inside the classroom: Three United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region Third Team selections, a Scholar All-American and Scholar All-Region choice and five players on All-ODAC teams.

In 2016, Randolph-Macon re-established itself as a major force within the ODAC and announced itself on the national stage. The team finished 10-5-3 and at the top end of the conference with a 5-3-1 record. The 2016 Yellow Jackets had a number of statement results, drew large crowds at home, and showed an attacking style of play immersed in a high pressure defensive system that made the team simply fun to watch. In addition, the team received votes in the national polls for the first time since 2005.

The turnaround began in the 2015 campaign, Coach Laux’s first year back at his alma mater. The Yellow Jackets made excellent strides, setting the stage for future success. A strong nucleus of returning players combined with a talented freshmen class put R-MC in the postseason for the first time since 2011. The Yellow Jackets finished 2015 with seven shutouts and five conference wins, the most wins for the program since 2000, when the team finished with a 6-1 record. The 2015 team jumped five spots in the conference standings compared to 2014. Four Yellow Jackets were named to the All-Conference team while two players were named All-State.

Laux (pronounced 'lucks') came to Randolph-Macon from Hampden-Sydney College where he coached for 11 seasons. He is just the third head coach at R-MC since 1962. Helmut Werner guided the program from 1962 through 2004 before Peter McEvoy led the Yellow Jackets from 2005 through 2014.

Laux posted a record of 104-79-20 with the Tigers, the most career wins in program history. He had an ODAC record of 55-35-10.

After winning three games in his first season in Farmville, the Tigers averaged 10 wins per year since 2005. The 2009 squad set a program record with 16 victories and eight ODAC wins. In his last season, H-SC went 10-5-3 overall and 6-3-2 in ODAC contests.

During his tenure with the Tigers, Laux worked with 92 Academic All-ODAC performers, 49 All-ODAC selections, two Academic All-Americans, three ODAC Rookie of the Year recipients, two State Rookie of the Year selections, and one ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Laux graduated from Randolph-Macon in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

During his collegiate career, Laux was ODAC Rookie of the Year, three-time All-ODAC, two-time All-State and two-time All-South Region. A team captain, Laux won the Compton Award following his senior season as the school's top male student-athlete. Laux is fifth on the program's career assists list with 21 and 12th in career points with 61.

Following graduation, Laux remained at R-MC as an assistant coach from 2002-04. He helped the Yellow Jackets advance to the ODAC championship game in 2002 while starting seven freshmen. R-MC finished the 2003 campaign ranked eighth in the South Region. Laux served as interim head coach in the spring of 2004.

Laux earned a Masters of Environmental Studies from VCU in 2004. A native of Lansdowne, Pa., Laux and his wife, Tricia, have a seven-year-old daughter, Keira.

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Alex Ortega

Randolph-Macon men's soccer head coach Josh Laux has announced the hiring of Alex Ortega to his staff. Ortega began his duties at the beginning of August.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with Coach Laux and the athletic department here at Randolph-Macon," Ortega said. "R-MC has had continued success in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and I'm excited to be joining a winning culture. I can't wait to meet the guys and get going!"

"I'm very excited to add Alex to our staff," Laux said. "Alex has a tremendous work ethic and a real desire to be a head coach. His passion for the game combined with his commitment to the overall experience of our guys is impressive. I'm looking forward to working with him and seeing him strive to continue to push our program forward."

Ortega joins the Yellow Jackets after one season at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. During his tenure with the Cougars, the team led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for goals, assists and points. Clark's 3.06 goals-per-game were a Top 15 mark in the nation.

Before Clark, Ortega served as the assistant men's soccer coach for three seasons at his alma mater Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. While with the Chargers, Ortega was part of a staff which consistently won more than ten games a season and had stellar North Atlantic Conference records. Colby-Sawyer's offense was ranked in the Top 4 in the NAC during his tenure.

In the club ranks, Ortega has experience with the New England Futbol Club in Massachusetts and with Lightning Soccer Club in New Hampshire. His NEFC U14 boy's team won the New England Premiership last fall. Ortega coached all levels from U14 to U17 while with Lightning Soccer Club.

Ortega graduated from Colby-Sawyer in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. While with the Chargers, he was named All-Conference as a junior and senior and served as a team captain in his senior year. He played in all 80 games across his career, including 62 starts. He finished his career in the Chargers record book with the second-most points (72), second-most goals (28) and fourth-most assists (16) in program history. He ranked 27th in the nation for game-winning goals in his senior year, collecting five on the season.

Ortega also holds experience in coaching basketball, having served as an assistant coach with the women's team at Colby-Sawyer for three seasons as well as with the boy's varsity basketball team at the Tilton School, where he coached several Division I players, including a 2019 NBA Draft pick. Ortega assumes the role last held by R-MC program alum Andrew Schaefer, who continues coaching at Wheaton (Mass.) College.

Ortega is a native of Milton, Vermont.

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