OU soccer coaches take on new roles

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa University soccer programs are going through leadership changes.

Head men’s coach Ryan Pow recently resigned. Edward Maya has been named interim head men's soccer coach. Head women's soccer coach Ben Boehner has been named director of soccer.

"Coach Maya has earned this opportunity with his tireless work ethic, notable coaching impact, dedication and unwavering loyalty to OU," OU Athletics Director Arabie Conner said. "He has earned the utmost respect of our staff and student athletes during his time here. We have proudly watched him compete in a Braves' uniform and have been impressed with how he has meticulously prepared himself to lead a collegiate soccer program."

Maya spent the 2019 season as a graduate assistant coach with the OU men's and women's soccer programs. In 2017, he was a student assistant coach with the Braves, working with the goalkeepers.

Maya created and implemented all goalkeeper sessions, focusing on technical and tactical aspects of player development. Maya assessed and provided regular feedback to the coaching staff about the four goalkeepers he worked with, along with in-game coaching. The OU men's team lead the KCAC with eight shutouts in 2017.

Maya played for the Braves in 2015 and 2016, earning second team All-KCAC honors. Before coming to OU, he was on the coaching staff of the Rio Hondo College men's soccer team in Whittier, Calif. He was a volunteer goalkeeper coach in 2014. Maya contributed to the organization of the team's training, while also working with the goalkeepers and providing feedback to the coaching staff.

As a player for the Rio Hondo College men's soccer team, Maya was the team captain, was named Foothill Conference Player of the Year, earned Team MVP honors and received the coaches award recognizing hard work and dedication.

Maya graduated from OU in 2017 with a degree in exercise science, concentrating in personal training/strength and conditioning.

"I would like to thank Arabie Conner, as well as Associate Director of Athletics Bruce Tate, for giving me this great opportunity to be a head coach at my alma mater," Maya said. "I want to also thank Ben Boehner and Ryan Pow for helping me develop throughout this year. I am very excited for this upcoming season, as I will have the honor to work with such an amazing and hard-working group of athletes. I am extremely confident in the team knowing what the returners are capable of athletically. The incoming class will only add to that, which will push not only the athletes but also the coaching staff to work even harder to achieve the program's goals."

Boehner will continue his duties as head coach of the OU women's soccer team. Conner said Boehner's seasoned experience and willingness to jump in and add additional administrative support to the program.

"We're grateful for having such established depth in our soccer staffing, enabling us to create a very positive and seamless transition for our student-athletes," Conner said. "The continuity for our men's team was of paramount importance as we carefully considered these staffing changes."

As OU's director of soccer, Boehner will manage the administrative operations for both programs, including staff mentoring and development, recruiting strategies, and budget management and oversight.

"I am happy to be a part of this transition in helping Maya as he moves to interim head coach of the Ottawa University men's soccer program," Boehner said. "This is a very exciting move and I know that Maya's loyalty to this program will be unmatched. I want to thank Arabie Conner, Bruce Tate, and Maya himself for affording me this amazing opportunity as we move forward with both soccer programs here at Ottawa University."

The OU men's soccer team opens the 2020 season on Sept. 5 in Lamoni, Iowa, against Graceland University.

The OU women's soccer team hosts Stephens College in its 2020 season opener on Sept. 9.