Brent Ridenour is in his 21st season at the helm of the Ohio Northern men’s soccer program. He also serves as an assistant professor in the HPSS department.
The Springfield, Ohio, native has established the Polar Bears as a successful program regionally and nationally as the program has made seven NCAA tournament appearance.
In 2016, he guided the Polar Bears to its ninth NCAA Tournament appearance and seventh OAC Tournament Championship. The Polar Bears finished the season 17-2-4 overall and 6-1-2 in the OAC.
Ridenour took the program to new heights in 2012, guiding the Polar Bears to their most successful appearance with a national runner-up finish in the NCAA III Tournament. He led the Polar Bears to a school record 25 wins, a perfect 9-0-0 mark in OAC play and the OAC regular season and tournament championship.
During his tenure as head coach, ONU has been nationally-ranked in 2000, 2002 and 2006-09, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 including its highest ranking as No. 2 in 2012.
Ridenour was recognized by his peers as the 2011 and 2012 NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.
Ridenour has also been recognized as Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
Under his tutelage, the ONU program has reached the OAC Tournament 17 times in the past 20 seasons, earned eight OAC regular season championships and seven conference tournament championships.
In 2010, Ridenour became the winningest coach in the men’s soccer history with a 3-1 win at Muskingum. His overall coaching record stands at 295-115-34.
He also ranks as the winningest head coach in Ohio Athletic Conference men's soccer history.
Ridenour is also responsible for the Polar Bears’ appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008, a first for the program. For his efforts that season, he was named All-Ohio Coach of the Year.
On Oct. 4, 2006 against Heidelberg, Ridenour notched his 100th win at ONU. Additionally, he was inducted into ONU’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Brent and his wife, Kim, and daughters, Brianna and Cameron, live in Lima.
Education: Ridenour, a 1995 graduate of ONU, was a standout soccer and baseball player for the Polar Bears. He is ONU’s all-time career goal scorer for the men’s soccer program, scoring 56 goals in his four years.
A four-time All-Conference player, Ridenour is also second in the school’s all-time career points lead with 125. He also owned ONU’s single game and single season goals and points records until each was broken in 2004.
As a baseball player, Ridenour was a career .335 hitter and ranks third on ONU’s all-time hits list with 174 base hits during his four-year baseball career.
A three-time Academic All-OAC pick, Ridenour was the toughest batter to strike out in Division III during the 1994 season.
He capped off his career by winning the prestigious Clyde Lamb Scholarship Award, given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
As an incoming freshman, Ridenour also received the Ohio Northern Presidential Scholarship, given to four incoming students each year. After completing his undergraduate career, he returned to Ohio Northern as a graduate assistant coach for women’s soccer and baseball in 1996.
Ridenour received his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1999.
Men's Soccer under Ridenour
|Year||Record||Pct.||OAC||OAC Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|2017||12-6-2||.650||5-3-1 / t3rd||Quarterfinals|
|2016||17-2-4||.826||6-1-2 / 2nd||Runners-Up||First Round|
|2015||17-5-1||.761||8-1-0 / Champs||Champions||First Round|
|2014||12-8-1||.595||5-3-1 / 4th||Semifinals|
|2013||18-4-0||.818||8-1-0 / Champs||Champions||First Round|
|2012||25-3-0||.893||9-0-0 / Champs||Champions||Runner-Up|
|2011||20-3-2||.827||8-0-1 / Champs||Champions||Sweet 16|
|2010||17-5-1||.754||7-1-1 / 2nd||Champions||First Round|
|2009||15-3-4||.742||8-0-1 / Champs||Runners-Up||First Round|
|2008||20-6-1||.753||5-3-1 / 3rd||Champions||Elite 8|
|2007||14-6-2||.667||5-2-2 / 4th||Semifinalist|
|2006||16-3-5||.736||6-1-2 / Champs||Champions||Second Round|
|2005||9-9-1||.491||3-5-1 / t6th|
|2004||13-7-1||.635||7-2-0 / 2nd||Semifinals|
|2003||12-9-0||.571||7-2-0 / Tri-Champs||Semifinals|
|2-5-2 / 7th|
|2001||11-7-2||.583||5-4-0 / t5th|
|2000||16-5-0||.762||8-1-0 / Co-Champs||Semifinals|
|1999||10-9-1||.517||4-3-1 / 4th||Semifinals|
|1998||12-8-2||.576||5-4-0 / 4th||Runners-Up|
|Title:||Assistant Men's Soccer Coach|
Dave Knapp is in his 18th season as an assistant coach for the ONU men’s soccer program.
His main focus is the goalkeepers.
The Columbus, Ohio, native was a four-year starter in goal for the Polar Bears from 1989-1992.
Knapp was a four-time All-Conference honoree, earning Second Team honors in 1989, 1990 and 1992 and Honorable Mention kudos in 1991.
He is ONU’s all-time career leader in saves and ranks second all-time in the Ohio Athletic Conference in saves with 484.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree from ONU in 1993.
Dave and his wife, Kim, live in Waterville, with their sons, Zach and Klayton.
Chris Matejka is entering his sixth year as an assistant coach for Ohio Northern.
A 2013 graduate of ONU, Chris was a four-year varsity letter winner for the program and a captain as a senior.
During his ONU Soccer career as a player, Chris won four OAC Championships and made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. As a senior he was named D3Soccer.com All-American and OAC Midfielder of the Year.
Chris earned his Creative Writing degree from ONU in 2013 and is a native of Chatham, Ohio, where he attended Cloverleaf High school.
Cayleb Paulino is entering his fourth year as an assistant coach for Ohio Northern.
Prior to joining the ONU staff, Cayleb was the assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at Defiance College from 2012-2014 where he also earned his Master's of Art Education with a concentration in Sport Coaching.
A 2011 graduate from Wilmington College, Cayleb was a four-year varsity letter winner for the Wilmington College men's soccer program and was a two year captain, two time Academic All-OAC student-athlete, and All-East Region Scholar Athlete.
Cayleb earned a degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in coaching from Wilmington in 2011 and is a Sidney, Ohio native.