Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University Athletics
P.O. Box 720 or 225 Fountain Ave Springfield, OH 45501
Division 3 Ohio Midwest
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Katie Robinson

Wittenberg University Head Women’s Soccer Coach Katie Robinson enters her second season in the Tigers 2018-19 season. Robinson was named the 11th Head Coach in Women’s Soccer History before the start of the 2017-18 season. Robinson was promoted into the role of Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) in the Athletic Department, on Thursday, May 14th, 2020.


Goucher College (2011 -2013)

Capital University (2013)

Ohio Northern University (2014-16)

Wittenberg University (2017-present)


Robinson has guided Wittenberg to an overall record of 23-23-9 and 13-8-3 in NCAC action.

Wittenberg women's soccer captured their second consecutive NCAC Newcomer of the Year honor (Brooke Peters - 2019 & Sydney Weaver - 2018), as Peters earned Second Team All-NCAC honors along the way. Emily Wile topped the post-season award winners for the Tigers in 2019, earning United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region honors. Kaitlyn Kreig returned to the field earning All-NCAC Honorable Mention honors along with teammates Emma Thacker and Cassidy Webber.

Robinson coached her first NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2018. Additionally, named to the first-team All-NCAC was Megan Davis and second-team honors given to Shannon Brueck and Sydney Weaver.

The Tigers won five of their last six games under Robinson’s leadership, capturing their fifth NCAC Tournament Championship title (2017).

Wittenberg would make their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, taking down Thomas More College with a thrilling 3-2 (OT) result. The Tiger’s tournament run would come to an end against regional host Washington (Mo.) with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the 87th minute of action.

Under Robinson’s tutelage five members would go on to earn All-NCAC honors, including three first-team honorees (Jordyn Wright – Forward, Megan Davis – Midfield, Emma Thacker – Defense). Making the All-NCAC honorable mention list for Wittenberg were Kaitlyn Krieg – Forward and Kenzie Mason – Defense.

Earning All-Region honors under Robinson’s guidance was Jordyn Wright and Emma Thacker, collecting third-team honors from The United Soccer Coaches Association 2017 NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region.

Robinson would see a trio of Tigers be recognized by coaches from around the area, as Davis, Thacker, and Wright were all named to the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association 2017 Women’s NCAA Division III All-Ohio Team.


As ONU's top assistant, the Polar Bears went 37-18-4 and held an OAC record of 21-5-1 in her three-year stint with the team including the 2016 OAC regular-season crown.

Robinson and the Polar Bears made it to the conference tournament semi-finals in 2014, as well as the OAC Conference Tournament Finals in 2015 and 2016.

While at ONU, Robinson saw her student-athletes produce on the field with accolades including: the 2016 OAC Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, the 2015 OAC Midfielder of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, the 2014 OAC Forward of the Year, as well as five NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Honorees.

Student-athletes under Robinson's guidance combined for a 3.4 cumulative team GPA with a fall 2016 team GPA of 3.53, during her time at ONU.

Robinson coached and guided a 2016 NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2016, and also guided countless student-athletes who earned Academic All-OAC honors and Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio Honors.

As the top assistant at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland - Robinson helped guide the Gophers to tie the best record in program history at 12-4-2.

During her time at Goucher, Robinson helped produce five All-Landmark Conference and two NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Region selections.

Before her arriving at ONU, Robinson served as an assistant at Capital for one season and helped the Crusaders make a run to the NCAA Final Four


Robinson was a three-year letter winner for Capital, three-time All-OAC, and three-time NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honoree, earning 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Forward of the Year.

During her time at Capital, Robinson helped lead the Crusaders to the OAC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007.

Robinson began her collegiate career at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. In her first season with the 49ers, Robinson helped lead UNC-Charlotte to an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, with an overall record of 12-5-3.

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Josh Hess

Hess joins the Wittenberg women’s program having spent the past seven seasons at the helm of the Mount St. Joseph University women’s team in Cincinnati.

During his tenure with the Lions, Josh led the team to a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title during the 2018-19 season which was the Lion’s first conference championship in 10 years. During his time at MSJ the program accumulated five consecutive HCAC tournament appearances, including two HCAC Tournament finals appearances, one HCAC championship, one NCAA tournament appearance.

At the club level, he currently works for Cincinnati West and coaches the G08 CWSC Academy Elite team and serves as the club’s Technical Director.

Josh holds his USSF A Senior, NSCAA Premier, USSF National Youth License, and CPR/First Aid (American Heart Association). In addition, he is involved in youth soccer coaching education with the USSF.

Coach Hess played collegially at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and at Fredonia State University. He has a bachelor of art’s degree in Sports Medicine from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati.

Josh lives in Centerville with his partner Sacha and their daughters Samara & Haarlow.

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Chuck Crawford

Chuck Crawford joins the Wittenberg women's soccer coaching staff this year to work with the goalkeepers of the program.

A 1993 graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School (Columbus) where he played on the state championship team. He continued his role as a goalkeeper as he pursued his education degree at The University of Findlay where he was a four-year starter and captain of the team.

Before starting his career as a high school science teacher he was a graduate assistant to the soccer program at Findlay where he worked with the goalkeepers on both the men’s and women’s teams.

Crawford started his high school coaching career in 1998 with the boys’ team at Dublin Scioto High School. His coaching tenure has lead him to positions as head coach of the girls at Dublin Scioto & Dublin Jerome; assistant coach at Bexley High School before arriving in 2011 at Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus) as the associate head coach.

Coach Crawford holds both a USSF and NSCAA coaching licenses and was named the 2012 Central District Assistant Coach of the Year winner.

Crawford and his wife Carla reside in Plain City with their son Cayden.

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