Head coach Mark Batman begins his 15th season at the helm of the Ohio Northern women’s soccer program and is the fourth head women’s soccer coach in ONU’s history.
Last season, Batman guided ONU to a 20-2-2 record and a perfect 9-0-0 mark in the OAC, posting the program's 14th consecutive winning season.
Batman was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2017 after guiding Northern to a perfect conference schedule. Batman and the Polar Bears made their first NCAA Div. III Tournament appearance since the 2012 season and advanced to the school's first ever Elite 8 appearance. He and his staff were named the Div. III Great Lakes Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches after their Elite 8 run.
Under his direction, ONU has made nine appearances in the OAC Championship game as well as earned four regular season championships and two tournament titles.
In 2009, Batman led the Polar Bears to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance against Wittenberg after leading the team to a second-place finish in the OAC.
In 2007, he led the Polar Bears to an 8-0-1 mark in the OAC and their first OAC regular season title since 1998. For his efforts that season, he was named OAC Coach of the Year.
Batman is the winningest head coach in ONU Women's Soccer history with an overall record 185-76-26.
Batman came to Ohio Northern after assistant coaching stints at Savannah (Ga.) Arts and Design, Dubuque (Iowa) and his alma mater, Wilmington.
The Yellow Springs, Ohio, native served as assistant men’s soccer coach and assistant sports information director at Savannah A&D in 2003.
From 2001-02, Batman was a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Dubuque and served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Wilmington in 2000.
Batman graduated from Wilmington with the Bachelor’s Degree in sports management in 2000 and earned the Master’s Degree in physical education from Loras (Iowa) in 2003.
He also holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma and is a trainer at the United States Women's National Team Training Centers, where he helps identify talent for the U.S. Women's National Team. He is currently entering his third year with the United States Women’s National Team Training Center where his duties have included hosting practices through out the region for elite soccer players and identifying potential national team players.
As a student-athlete, Batman was two-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree at Wilmington, earning First Team kudos in his sophomore and junior seasons.
He was also selected First Team All-Great Lakes Region and the team’s MVP as a senior in 1999. Batman helped his team to two Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament and a national ranking as high as No. 12.
Women's Soccer under Batman
|Year||Record||Pct.||OAC||Pct.||OAC Tournament||NCAA Tournament|
|2017||20-2-2||.875||9-0-0 / 1st||1.000||Champions||Elite 8|
|2016||15-4-0||.789||8-1-0 / 1st||.889||Runners-up|
|2015||12-7-2||.619||7-2-0 / 2nd||.777||Runners-up|
|2014||10-7-2||.611||6-2-1 / t2nd||.704||Quarterfinals|
|2013||10-9-2||.508||6-3-0 / 3rd||.667||Semifinalist|
|2012||13-5-5||.674||5-3-1 / 4th||.611||Champions||Second Round|
|2011||16-3-2||.794||9-0-0 / 1st||1.000||Runners-up||Second Round|
|2010||13-6-1||.667||7-1-1 / 2nd||.815||Runners-up|
|2009||15-5-2||.712||8-1-0 / 2nd||.889||Runners-up||First Round|
|2008||14-6-1||.683||7-2-0 / t2nd||.778||Runners-up|
|2007||12-5-2||.667||8-0-1 / Champs||.926||Runners-up|
|2006||13-3-3||.737||7-1-1 / 2nd||.815||Semifinalist|
|2005||11-7-1||.596||5-4-0 / 6th||.556|
|2004||11-7-1||.596||6-2-1 / t3rd||.704||Semifinalist|
Cayleb Paulino joins the Ohio Northern women's soccer program as an assistant coach, effective December 2018.
He assumes his new role in his fourth year at Ohio Northern, having been an assistant coach for the men's soccer program during the 2015-18 seasons. During his stint with the men's program, the Polar Bears compiled a 59-20-9 overall record, captured an OAC Regular Season and OAC Tournament crown in 2015, and made back-to-back NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to joining the ONU staff, Cayleb served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's soccer programs at Defiance College from 2012-2014. While there, he earned his Master's of Arts in Education with a concentration in Sport Coaching.
A 2011 graduate from Wilmington College, Cayleb was a four-year varsity letter winner for the WC men's soccer program. During his athletic career, Paulino was a two-year captain, two-time Academic All-OAC honoree, and an All-East Region Scholar-Athlete.
The Sidney, Ohio native earned an undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education with a coaching minor from Wilmington in 2011.