Ganson Named Women's Soccer Assistant Coach at Missouri State
Missouri State University announced today the hiring of Joshua Ganson as the new women’s soccer assistant coach. Ganson joins the Missouri State staff after three seasons at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo.
“Josh is a young coach with experience at the D-III and NAIA levels and has a great passion for the sport of soccer,” said Head Coach Rob Brewer. “He will be a very good fit in our program and connects well with players at this level. I look forward to having Josh as a part of my staff.”
At William Woods, Ganson was the head women’s soccer coach the past three seasons and doubled as the head men’s soccer coach in 2006 and 2007. Last season, Ganson led the Owls to a 13-8 record and the American Midwest Conference championship match.
Ganson joined the Owls’ coaching staff after one season as head of the women’s soccer program at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa. There, he was named the 2005 Midwest Classic Conference Coach of the Year after a 12-5-2 record. William Penn finished the season with a 6-1-1 record in its final eight games on the way to a conference co-championship and a second-place showing in the conference tournament.
Prior to his work at William Penn, Ganson served as a graduate assistant coach at Nichols College and New England College. He also served as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach for the men’s soccer programs at Graceland University from 2000 to 2003. While Ganson was at Graceland, the Yellowjackets compiled a 37-31-3 record and advanced to one NAIA Regional Tournament.
Ganson, an Independence, Mo., native, received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Graceland University in 1997. He replaces Chip Dutchik, who accepted the head coaching position at Lynn University. Ganson’s hiring is contingent upon final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its next scheduled meeting, July 31.
The MSU women’s soccer team begins exhibition play at Plaster Field on August 13 as they will host Drury at 7 p.m. The Bears’ regular season opener is August 21 at the University of Oklahoma.