After deciding not to retain Ian Collins as head coach back in November, Mitch Barnhart has been searching for someone to take the Kentucky soccer program to the next level. This morning, Barnhart announced that Johan Cedergren is the man for the job:
“Johan is one of the top assistant coaches in the nation and is going to be a dynamic head coach for our men’s soccer program,” Barnhart said. “He is a tireless worker, has great tactical knowledge of the game and has a proven track record of success. We are so excited to welcome Johan, his wife Julia and family to the University of Kentucky.”
Cedergren, a native of Solvesborg, Sweden, comes to UK after five years as the associate head coach at Dartmouth College, where was named the 2010 National Soccer Coaches of America Assistant Coach of the Year. Under head coach Jeff Cook, Cedergren helped lead Dartmouth to the NCAA Tournament in each of his five seasons with the team. He played his college soccer at the University of Cincinnati, where he met his wife and played against Kentucky a number of times:
“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and Kevin Saal for the opportunity to lead the men’s soccer program. My family and I are delighted to be back in the Central Kentucky area. I have had five great seasons at Dartmouth and can’t express enough of my appreciation to athletics director Harry Sheehy and my coach and mentor, Jeff Cook. I join a University and athletics department that are known for excellence. Our soccer program will compete at the highest level and make this community proud. Conference USA is a great league and has done well nationally sending four teams to the NCAA Tournament in both 2010 and 2011. We can’t wait to get started and are looking forward to becoming a part of the UK family.”
Cedergren already has big plans for the program, which returns star forwards Tyler Riggs and Matt Lodge, as well as talented center back Dylan Asher and goalkeeper Tyler Beadle.
To read more about Cedergren, check out UK Athletics’ lengthy introductory feature.
Welcome to the fam, coach.