Transylvania University

Transylvania University Pioneers Athletics
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508
Division 3 Kentucky Midwest
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Ben Federici

Ben Federici begins his second year as head coach of the Transylvania men’s soccer program ahead of the 2023 season.

Federici joins Transylvania from NCAA Division III Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where he was most recently the Associate Head Coach.

"Transylvania men's soccer is a program with a great tradition of excellence,” states Federici on his new stewardship of the program. “I look to honor that tradition by building a program that helps young men become great people and great players during their time.”

Over his nine-year coaching career, Federici has quickly carved out a reputation for building winning teams. Federici arrives to the Pioneers from another winning program called the Pioneers at Marietta, his alma mater.

During Federici's six-year tenure on staff, Marietta produced five straight winning seasons, highlighted by an 11-6-3 campaign in the 2017 season in which the program finished the campaign ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region. In his first three years as part of Marietta's coaching staff as an assistant coach, Federici helped power the Pioneers to three consecutive winning seasons, marking the second time in program history that the Pioneers have reached that milestone. Federici was elevated to the title of Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2021 season.

Federici's imprint at Marietta was felt especially on the defensive side of the pitch, where he pushed the team to setting a new school record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. Federici orchestrated a defense which turned in nine clean sheets in the 2016 season and 17 clean sheets total between the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. In Federici's final season at Marietta, junior Dave Beattie won the OAC Defensive Player of the Year award.

With Federici on staff, the Pioneers qualified for the OAC Tournament in all five tournament-active seasons of his tenure.

Prior to re-joining the men's soccer program at Marietta, Federici spent three years as the assistant men's soccer coach at NCAA Division II University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. His first application of a winning formula occurred at Findlay as the program notched its first winning record in 12 seasons. While at Findlay, Federici helped the Oilers drill five top 25 teams. Federici additionally accrued administrative experience at Findlay as an admissions department liaison to the athletic department.

Federici's Marietta roots originated during his playing days for the Pioneers where he won four varsity letters and appeared in 36 matches as a defender. His coaching experience began following an injury in his senior season of play, initializing a transition into a role of student assistant coach.

Federici graduated from Marietta College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and earned his Master of Business Administration at the University of Findlay.

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Madison Lemery

Head Men's Soccer Coach, Ben Federici has named Madison Lemery as the new assistant coach for the Transylvania Men's Soccer program in 2023.

Lemery joins the staff after completing her playing career at Eastern Kentucky University.

"I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to be a part of a championship caliber team and to work with a head coach like Ben Federici. I am ready to bring a new spark to our attacking side as a team and to help take this program to the next level this season," said Lemery.

Dr. Holly Sheilley, Vice President of Athletics, remarked "Coach Lemery was a stellar player for EKU and has the right offense mind to help Coach Federici continue to move our team forward. He is building a national championship caliber team and Coach Lemery will certainly help us progress toward that goal."

In her senior season, Lemery earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region and All-ASUN honors leading the team in goals (8) and total points (17). The Colonels finished the season 9-7-2 with a loss in the conference semifinals.

"It was important to me to bring in someone with an offensive mindset that could help mentor and develop our younger attacking players," said Federici. "Madison is the best candidate for the job. She impressed everyone involved in our process with her knowledge and passion for the game. I am excited to add such a driven and competitive person to our staff."

The native of Lake Mary, Florida came through in important moments for the Colonels finishing the year with 5 game-winning goals, a mark that was top 15 in all of Division I women's soccer (7 was the most in the nation).

Lemery cemented herself as one of the top forwards in program history, finishing in the top-10 of every career offensive statistical category.

EKU Head Coach, Matt Cosinuke gives his thoughts. "We couldn't be more excited for, or proud of Maddy. She is a good person, a talented coach, and a hard worker. I have no doubt that she will make an immediate impact and has a bright future in coaching ahead of her."

In addition to her on-field accolades, Lemery served as a team captain, was a student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) representative for women's soccer and was a leader for FCA on campus. She also spent the last year coaching at Madison United Soccer Academy.

Prior to college, Lemery grew up playing for Orlando City and was second in the ECNL for goals scored in 2018.

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