Head Coach Adam Ponder
Muskingum University Vice President and Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank has announced the hiring of Adam Ponder as the 13th head coach in the history of the men's soccer program.
Ponder, the former Director of Coaching for the Ohio Fusion Soccer Club, spent the past five years coaching collegiately at Valparaiso University, the University of Mount Union, and Wright State University.
While an assistant at Valparaiso, Ponder helped lead the team to a top 25 ranking and an overall record of 25-16-15, which included a 10-5-4 season in 2016. Ponder mentored and directed numerous student-athletes who were recognized with individual awards within the conference and region including Goalkeeper of the Year, multiple first and second team all-conference selections, and NSCAA regional nominations. Several of those student-athletes were selected to represent their respective National teams and have continued their careers as professional athletes.
"We are excited to welcome Adam Ponder into our Muskingum family," said Muskingum Vice President and Athletic Director Steve Brockelbank. "Adam brings a wide array of experience, knowledge, and talent to Muskingum. We are eager to see him positively impact the student-athletes and to elevate the men's soccer program within the Ohio Athletic Conference."
Ponder started his coaching career as an undergraduate student at Indiana University. While at Indiana, he organized and implemented training sessions, assisted in the development of player skills, and aided in recruitment efforts.
In 2013, Ponder transitioned to college athletics as a volunteer assistant at the University of Mount Union. He also honed his skills coaching in the club ranks at Canton United SC, United Elite, Knoxville FC, Bloomington Cutters SC, and for the Indiana Elite FC before being named assistant coach at Wright State in 2017.
Ponder graduated from Indiana in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in tourism management. He continued his education at the University of Tennessee where he earned a Master's degree in recreation and leisure studies in 2010.
Assistant Coach Seth Levy
Seth Levy is entering his first year as assistant coach for the Muskingum men's soccer program.
Before arriving to Muskingum, Levy was a volunteer head coach for the South Bronx United U-12 and U-14 boy's travel teams. While coaching for South Bronx United, Levy trained and developed players, focused on player improvement and evaluation of skillset for team and individuals, and prepared players physically and mentally for the South Bronx United Academy Teams.Before joining South Bronx United in 2017, Levy was also the Division Specialist for Philadelphia Union Soccer Schools where he was responsible for talent development, supervised training activities and improved skillsets for youth soccer players. After his time with Philadelphia Union Soccer Schools, Levy was the assistant men's soccer coach for Episcopal Academy where he was a player and team advocate for the varsity and junior varsity clubs, developed daily practice routines, strength and skills evaluations for player and team assesments.
Levy also has a certified U.S. Soccer Federation D Coaching License.
As a player, Levy was a four-year starter and two-time captain of the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford men's soccer team. Levy earned NSCAA All-American in honors in 2014, two-time men's soccer SAAC Representative, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015, 4-time All-AMCC Academic Team, and was voted University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Men's Soccer Most Inspirational Player in 2014 by his teammates.
Levy earned his Bachelors degree in broadcast communications with a minor in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015.