FORT MYERS, Fla. — Coming off of a fourth-consecutive Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship, FGCU women’s soccer head coach Jim Blankenship announced on Tuesday the hiring of Ben Boehner as an assistant coach.
Prior to his arrival at FGCU, Boehner worked two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Missouri where he served as the team's director of performance analysis and helped with the transition to the Southeastern Conference. He was also involved in implementing training sessions and scheduling.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add Ben to our staff,” Blankenship added. “He comes from a phenomenal program at Missouri with an amazing staff. His personal background, both as a coach and as a player has been outstanding and we’re hoping he will bring some of that to us and help continue our success.”
Before going to Mizzou, Boehner spent two years at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo., where he helped the Vikings regain past successes. During his two seasons, Missouri Valley posted back-to-back winning seasons and an overall record of 18-13-6 in the powerful Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC).
Boehner played collegiate soccer at Columbia College under John Klein from 2001-05. As a four-year started for the Cougars, Boehner helped push the program to new heights. The team posted a mark of 56-25-2 and an American Midwest Conference record of 23-3-1 during his playing days to establish the Cougars as one of the NAIA's top men's programs. During the summers, Boehner would also train with the Kansas City Brass of the Premier Development League in Kansas City.
A native of Parkville, Mo., Boehner earned a degree in marketing from Columbia College in 2006.
The numbers from the 2013 campaign would suggest that it was the greatest season offensively in FGCU women’s soccer history. The Eagles set program single-season records in points (130), goals (43), shots (384), shots per game (19.20), shots on goal (180) and shots on goal per game (9.00).
Freshman Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) put together one of, if not the greatest individual seasons in program history in just her first year suiting up for the Green and Blue. The Ocala, Fla. native established single-season program records in points (34), goals (15), goals per game (0.75), shots (71), shots per game (3.55), shots on goal (44) and shots on goal per game (2.20).
Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) closed her junior campaign just three goals shy of the program record of 24. She is obviously well ahead of the pace to break that record as she has averaged seven goals per season over the course of her career.
FGCU will return 93.8 percent of its scoring for the 2014 campaign. Only Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Lynn University) (7 points) and Casey Towne (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Lander Univ.) (1 point) will depart from the program.