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The Beavers Hire Rhode as the New Coach | Corvallis Soccer Blog
Linus Rhode has been named the new head coach for the Oregon State University women's program.
Linus found out last Friday and the athletic department released an announcement on the same day.
Linus succeeds Steve Fennah who resigned somewhat unexpectedly last month.
Linus has been an assistant coach at OSU for eight season.
The new assignment comes at a perfect for time for Linus
who was addressing some potential work visa complications as a Canadian citizen.
The promotion to a head coaching position will allow Rhode
to continue to work in the United States.
Linus lives in Corvallis
wife Magdalena who is an assistant coach with the OSU
swim team and daughter, Nina.
faces a challenging task of competing in the PAC-10 and the powerhouse programs in California.
It is an endeavor that has eluded the Beavers for most of the last decade.
has not reached the women's NCAA tournament since 1994.
The test ahead is no secret to Linus
has had a front row seat to the disappointing show the program has been putting on.
At the very least, Linus
knows what he
is getting into.
experience in Oregon should put him in a good position for recruiting Northwest talent.
is charismatic which doesn't hurt bring good players to the program either.
Great players don't always make good coaches but it can't hurt that Linus
has played at an elite level shared by few coaches in the entire country.
can impart some of his
creativity and willingness to be responsible for the outcome of a game, it will be very positive for the program.
I should point out that I have never coached college soccer nor do I have any kind of coaching license.
With that out of the way, I am going to offer some unsolicited coaching advice to Linus
from the comfort of my padded chair.
Let the girls play with the freedom and confidence to do things that are unexpected and amazing (just like you Linus).
What changes or new priorities would you like to see from Linus
and the OSU
women's soccer team?
pulled some old strings and hired former player Morgan Crabtree.
Linus Rhode: Head ...
Linus Rhode: Head Coach
sixthyear at the helm of the Oregon State women's soccer program.
has won60 matchesin his
first fiveseasons as the head coach, including a school-record 16 wins in his
third yearafter tying the school-record with 14 wins in his
He guided Oregon State to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994 in his second season when the Beavers advanced to the Sweet, made a return trip in his third year with a win in the first round and lead them to their third consecutive NCAA tournament berth in his fourth year.
fifth year in Corvallis, Rhode
team break the double-digit win plateau for the fourth straight season, with an 11-6-3 record.
Rhode's crew got out to the best start in program history with a 9-1-0 record after his
team's first 10 matches.
also made history by defeating the University of Portland
for only the second time in program history and for the first time on the road.
team not only excelled on the pitch but in the classroom as well as the Beavers won the NSCAA's
Team Academic Award for their 3.40 GPA during Fall 2012, which was the second highest mark within the conference.
third season at Oregon State
led the Beavers to a second-place finish in the Pac-10 with a 7-2 mark, which are both school records.
Along the way, the Beavers posted 14 shutouts, wins over three top 25 teams, a No. 17 finish in the final NSCAA poll and several team and individual records.
second season at Oregon State
led the Beavers to unprecedented success as they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship for the first time in school history.
Prior to taking over the program as head coach, Rhode served eight seasons as an assistant and associate head coach with the Beavers.
time as an assistant and associate head coach, Rhode
helped lead Oregon State to its best finish in the Pac-10 Conference (2003) since 1995, a top 20 national ranking (2005), wins over numerous top 10 programs and 32 shutouts.
Prior to joining the Oregon State staff, Rhode spent two years as head coach of the McKenzie United Soccer Academy in Eugene.
He also served five years as the Oregon Olympic Development Team head coach and was a Region IV staff coach for both the boy's and girl's ODP programs.
Rhode played professionally for the New Orleans River Boat Gamblers in the "A" League and for Wynberg St. John's in South Africa.
He was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team from 1993-96, and was selected for the Canadian National U-20 Team.
Rhode graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor's degree in organizational communications and captained the team to the NCAA Division I Final Four in 1995.
Originally from British Columbia, Rhode graduated from Centennial High in Coquitlam.
wife, Magda, have two daughters, Nina and Anya.
"This a great opportunity for our ...
"This a great opportunity for our players to test themselves in our non competitive season against the pros," said Oregon State University head coach Linus Rhode.
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