Men's Soccer Coach
Head Coach Josh Murton
Josh Murton was hired by Ohio Christian University in 2008. Since his arrival, OCU has won 10 or more games every year since. In 2008 his men finished 10-5-1 (a school record at the time). In 2009, the men finished 3rd in the Nation with a record of 17-6-1 (a school record at the time). In 2010, the OCU men reached their first National Championship game and finished #2 in the nation with a record of 14-9-0. 2011, the OCU men broke the school record in win percentage with a 17-4-2 record and finished 4th in the nation losing in the national semifinals. 2012 marked the fourth year in a row that OCU finished 4th or better in the nation as they finished with a 11-9-3 record. After five years, Josh Murton is the schools winningest coach with 69 wins and his teams hold the only regional banners in OCU history, four (2009, '10, '11, '12).
Murton also is the head coach for the OCU Women's soccer team which was started in 2009 in which he has led them to 4 regional finals. He also is an Associate Professor in Sports Management for OCU.
Coach Murton has been active in the coaching ranks since 2002 coaching at the club, high school and college levels. Since 2009 he has coached at Ohio South State Olympic Development Program (ODP) for both girls and guys teams. He has led his club teams at Pride Soccer Club to the finals at the Creek Classic and Staburst Tournaments, while also focusing on excellence in integrity, academics and sportsmanship. His teams have been awarded the MOSSL Sportsmanship award, OSHAA Southeast Region All-Academic team (3 times) and the OSHAA Southeast Region Sportsmanship Awards.
A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, Murton graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he was part of the UC Football team as an Assistant Video Coordinator and recruiter. After graduating from UC, Murton was in the Commercial Real Easte business as a Consultant. Realizing that education was where he wanted to be, he left his job and pursued a teaching career. In 2002, he started coaching for Zane Trace High School and became the Business Teacher there in 2003. In 2005 he made a move to Teays Valley High School where he coached and taught for 3 years.
Coach Murton holds his USSF National D License and is currently finishing up work on his USSF C License.
Coach Murton and his wife Laura, reside in South Bloomfield, Ohio and have a son Jack (5), a daughter Emma (3) and Olivia (6 months).
Volunteer Assistant Coach Erik McNeil