Linus Rhode has been named the new head coach for the Oregon State University women's program.
found out last Friday and the athletic department released an announcement on the same day.
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.