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Sergio Gonzalez leaves IU women’s soccer to join Brian Maisonneuve's coaching staff at Ohio State



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IU celebrates after junior forward Maya Piper scores her seventh goal of the season against Iowa on Oct. 12 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Former IU women's soccer associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez left the program Tuesday to become an associate head coach with the Ohio State men's soccer team. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Former IU women’s soccer associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez has joined former IU men’s soccer associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve's coaching staff with the Ohio State men's soccer team.

Gonzalez will be an associate head coach with the Buckeyes.

“I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to be part of such a tremendous university,” Gonzalez said in an Ohio State release. “I'm equally excited to have the chance to work with Brian Maisonneuve and the rest of the staff. Brian's vision for the Ohio State University Men’s soccer program goes exactly with my thoughts and values."

Gonzalez was named the Hoosiers' associate head coach Jan. 26, 2017, and spent five seasons working primarily with the goalkeepers and defenders.

Last season, freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel made a name for herself as one of the best in the Big Ten, registering 96 saves which were third-most in the conference. During Gonzalez's time in Bloomington, the Hoosiers had a combined record of 38-46-16 and had 23 shutout victories. 

“Sergio is a great person and coach,” Maisonneuve said in the release. “He has tremendous experience at all levels. He has the patience and understanding that great teachers have and I am so fortunate to have him on staff. Sergio specializes in goalkeeping but will help in all areas of coaching. Our guys are going to love learning from him.”

Maisonneuve was named head coach at Ohio State in late April. 

Gonzalez came to IU after spending two seasons as the head coach of the women's team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He will be the second coach that IU women's soccer Coach Amy Berbary has to replace on her staff this offseason, after Michael Regan was named the North Dakota State women’s soccer head coach in January. 

Phillip Steinmetz

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