Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

UK Soccer names Johan Cedergren new head coach

johan-cedergren

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for UK Soccer names Johan Cedergren new head coach



  1. Preston Le Master of Puppets
    11:37 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Tyrone Marshall should have been considered.



  2. Doug Heffernan
    11:44 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Conference USA. Who are we Louisville? He does realize we’re in the SEC?



  3. landon sloan
    11:44 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares??



  4. tmark14
    11:47 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    not sec soccer.



  5. Yessir
    11:47 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    there is no sec in soccer



  6. Guck Foodman.
    11:49 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone know some site to stream the UK game? blacked out on watchespn.com



  7. World's Greatest AD
    11:50 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hope Mitch researched this one better than he did Billy Clyde.



  8. BigBlueInTexas
    11:52 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    ZZZZZZZzzzzzz……soccer? Really?



  9. C'mon Mitch
    11:52 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Darn, I had heard that Juergen Klinsmann had bought a horse farm in Versailles.



  10. dtg
    11:55 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    2,3,&7… negative nancy morons.
    Why do you even take the time…



  11. Ncaa
    11:56 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Man!
    I played soccer for 21 years thru College, and I don’t even give a sh$t about this story…..

    Go Cats



  12. echo 1
    11:59 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I had no clue UK had a soccer team. Good for them I guess. Is this guy bringing the Swedish National Bikini Team with him? If so, he is probably worth the hire for that alone.



  13. Real Madrid
    12:01 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I guess I watched “The Door” for Jose Mourinho for no reason.



  14. BigBlueFan31
    12:03 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    1. Tyrone is still playing. This is good hire though.

    10. I echo your comment. If you don’t like soccer, don’t comment! The only reason why people diss it is because they were too damn fat to ever play 90 minutes of it.



  15. SeoulCat
    12:04 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #13..I was doing the same for Hiddink. If we can get Enes out of Turkey, why not Guus?



  16. Chris
    12:11 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #2 and #8 are dumber than a pile of bricks.



  17. Truth
    12:14 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Soccer…just another sport IU beats UK in



  18. BGrassKY
    12:31 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully he can put UK soccer on the map. It would be good to be on the level of our basketball rivals IU, UofL or UNC.



  19. nawlij
    12:36 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I wish Barnhart held the same standards for the football team as he holds for the soccer team…Can you imagine an AD at KY firing a football coach with a winning record?



  20. Bobby Bouche's Momma
    12:37 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    That foosball is the debil!



  21. CAUKFAN
    12:37 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    UK has a soccer program? Who knew? Who cares?

    Next thing we’ll be talking about is UK’s curling program, I guess.



  22. Ncaa
    12:48 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Fire mitch



  23. soccer
    1:26 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    21, i hope you read the whole thing and all the comments. that is time you won’t ever get back and i am laughing about it.



  24. Preston Le Master of Puppets
    1:28 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #14 I thought he was going to retire after this season with Colorado. Haven’t heard anything in about a year to confirm it though.



  25. bigbluelush
    1:45 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I vote that we cancel both men’s and women’s soccer seasons and pump the money into football.



  26. jonp
    3:25 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    UK soccer in 2011 – a team with a ton of talent that was poorly coached. Collins had taken the program as far as he was capable, and it was well past time for a new approach. Maybe Cedergren will have an idea of what to do in the last 20-30 min of a game besides just hoofing it from midfield towards goal and hoping for the best.



  27. ta111
    4:31 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    a bunch of dumb rednecks in this comment section.

    cant stand those who hate soccer. just dont comment you hillbillies.



  28. ukdesi
    4:34 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #17–it’s surely not hoops or football–16 out of 21 in hoops I think and we beat IU in football pretty much every year when we played



  29. amy
    5:00 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    good for UK SOCCER.
    if ur a REAL CATS fan, u support ALL the teams. what kind of fan slams a UK TEAM?



  30. Viren
    5:24 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Mitch Barnhart has UK athletics in the right directions. Look at the men’s basketball, look at women’s basketball, football cats had a tough year but look at the recent five straight bowl games and ending UT streak at 26, baseball team was doing very well until MSU snatched away our caoch, and now he is focusing on soccer. I really do think Kentucky fans need to give him the credit that he deserves. Hell at least he is not like Mike Hamilton of Volunteer State who has screwed up every phase of their athletics in Knoxville. You can’t always make a home run hire but even when he made mistake he did make it right. Go Cats