Pat Ferguson, head coach of women’s football at Wright State University, has been named head coach of the women’s football team at Ohio Wesleyan University, athletics director Doug Zipp said.
“I want to thank Doug Zipp and the Search Committee for expanding this opportunity,” said Ferguson. “I look forward to meeting the team, building on the framework of the previous coaching staff, and bringing Ohio Wesleyan back to a championship-level program.”
“I’m very happy that Pat is leading our women’s football program,” said Zipp. “His performance as head coach gives our program immediate credibility, and he understands the Division III philosophy, the role of the student-athlete in a small, private liberal arts institution, and the importance of engaging in the university community both as a coach and as a team . “
Ferguson served as the head coach at Wright State from 2005–21. During its 16 seasons, the Raiders set a record of 148-114-34 (.557), reaching the finals of the Horizon League tournament three times and the semifinals nine times. Ferguson has been named coach of the year in the Horizon League twice. His teams set school records for consecutive wins and wins in a season. The Raiders also performed well in the classroom under Ferguson, receiving academic awards from the United Soccer coaches team from 2005 to 21.
Prior to Wright State, Ferguson was the head coach at Campbell (NC) University from 2000 to 2004, leading the Camels to the Atlantic Sun Conference title and their first-ever NCAA Division I course in 2004. In 2001, Campbell was at its strongest improved the nation’s team in Division I, improving from a 4-12-1 record in 2000 to 13-6-0 the following year. Ferguson has been voted Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year twice.
In 1999, Ferguson was the head coach at Mount Union College, where he doubled the previous season’s Purple Raiders overall win.
Ferguson made his college head coaching debut at Malone College in 1997 as the Pioneers’ first head coach. He led the team to an 11-7-1 record and a regional ranking in the first year of college competition.
He has also been Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the Ohio Soccer Galaxies Club since 2005 and was named Ohio South Youth Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year in 2012, Premier Diploma by United Soccer Coaches.
Ferguson is a 1994 Malone graduate majoring in Religious Studies. He played soccer for Malone, received two All-NCCAA East Region awards and one NAIA Honorable Mention for the entire region. Ferguson continued his education in 2004 with a Master of Education in Curriculum Design from Malone.
He is from Strongsville, Ohio.
OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.