College Coaching Moves: Ohio State's John Bluem set to retire

John Bluem will step down as Ohio State's men's soccer coach on April 30 after 21 years with the Buckeyes.

Bluem led Ohio State to four Big Ten titles and 10 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including its first in the College Cup in 2007.

Ohio State went 17-4-5 overall and won three tournament games at home to advance to the College Cup, where a 1-0 win over Massachusetts extended the Buckeyes' unbeaten streak to 15 games. The 2007 season ended with a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Wake Forest in the final.

"During John's tenure as our head men's soccer coach, he has positively impacted hundreds of young men," Gene Smith, Ohio State's athletics director, said. "Buckeye nation appreciates his commitment and dedication to leading the right way."

Among the players he coached were Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza and Minnesota United goalkeeper Matt Lampson.

Bluem came from Fresno State, where he averaged 14 wins per season and qualified for NCAA postseason play in four of his six years as head coach.

He played at Hartwick and spent two seasons in the NASL with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

NCAA Division I men's coaching moves:
Dartmouth Out: Chad Riley (Notre Dame head coach);  In: Bo Oshoniyi (ETSU head coach).
Out: Craig Blazer; In: Mark Plotkin (Colgate associate).
ETSU: Out: Bo Oshoniyi (Dartmouth head coach).
Gonzaga Out: Einar Thorarinsson (retired); In: Paul Meehan (Gonzaga assistant).
Notre Dame Out: Bobby Clark (retired); In: Chad Riley (Dartmouth head coach)
Penn: Out: Rudy Fuller. In: Brian Gill (Penn assistant).
Penn State Out: Bob Warming (retired); In: Jeff Cook (Bethlehem Steel assistant)
Ohio State. Out: John Bluem (retired).
Oregon State Out: Steve Simmons; In: Terry Boss (Virginia associate).
Temple Out: Dave MacWilliams; In: Brian Rowland (Maryland associate).
St. Francis, Pa. Out: Paulo Neto. In: Frank Olszewski (Davis & Elkins head coach).
Saint Louis Out: Mike McGinty. In: Kevin Kalish (St. Louis Scott Gallagher).
San Diego Out: Seamus McFadden (retired); In: Brian Quinn (San Diego assistant).
Seton Hall Out: Gerson Echeverry (Rio Grande Valley FC); In: Andreas Lindberg (LIU-Post head coach).
Stetson: Out: Kyle Gookins; In: Cristian Neagu (North Carolina assistant).
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