BEAUMONT, Texas— A coach with more than 20 years of experience at both collegiate and club levels, most recently with Texas A&M for four years, Nathan Kogut was appointed Lamar University’s head football coach and acting director of athletics Helen Thill.
“We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Nathan Kogut,” said Thill. “He comes to Beaumont from one of the best programs in the country. While at College Station, he helped lead the Aggies to multiple NCAA appearances while producing some of the Southeastern Conference’s brightest talent. We are very pleased to lead our department under his leadership.”
Kogut comes to the Golden Triangle from one of the country’s premier programs. During his time with the Aggies, Kogut helped compile an overall record of 50-23-6 (.671), three NCAA tournament berths, and a Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament title. In 2020-21, Kogut was a key member of a coaching staff that was named Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Aggies’ three NCAA tournament runs during Kogut’s tenure saw Texas A&M advance in three second rounds, two Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight matchup.
In addition to his day-to-day duties, he helped coach 10 players for the United States Coaches All-Southeast Region Team, 12 All-SEC selections (six SEC All-Freshmen team selections), including the league’s top four major teams. 2020 team picks, two SEC Defenseman and Midfielder of the Year, one SEC Forward of the Year, one SEC Freshman of the Year, two Hermann Trophy Semifinalists, and three NWSL draft picks. In addition to draft selections, he has helped produce several athletes who went on to sign professional contracts.
The Aggies also received the United Soccer Coaches Team Pinnacle Award – a combination of team ethics and sportsmanship and win rate (.750) – becoming the only Division I program to receive this award.
“I feel incredibly honored and humbled to lead Lamar University’s women’s soccer program,” said Kogut. “I want Dr. Taylor and Dr Helen Thill, and the rest of the search committee, for the opportunity to lead this program in its quest for more championships and NCAA tournament spots. I look forward to the challenge of ensuring Lamar continues to compete at the forefront of the sport while also preparing high-calibre student-athletes with Lamar degrees for the next step in their lives.”
Prior to College Station, Kogut spent a season as an assistant coach for both men and women at Illinois College. Upon his arrival, the men’s team more than doubled their overall wins from last year while also producing two All-Conference selections. Kogut also had college coaching stints at Alderson Broaddus University, Glenville State College, Rhodes College and Alabama. While at Glenville, Kogut was tasked with building the program from the ground up.
“I am very excited to work at an institution that seeks to recruit world-class student athletes, compete for championships and provide the full experience of student athletes,” Kogut said. “The more I became involved with Lamar and Beaumont, the more exciting this opportunity became and I look forward to continuing the process of competing in WAC and Southland Conference championships.”
In addition to his college-level work, Kogut brings several years of club-level experience from around the country. He has had stints in Texas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Colorado.
A former Colorado State player, Kogut began his coaching career at the Brazos Magic/Mystic Club. He brings numerous licenses and certifications, including the NSCAA National Diploma and the USSF National “D” License.