You can't have a conversation about men's soccer at Kean University without invoking the name of Head Coach Tony Ochrimenko. For over a quarter-century, the popular "Tony O." has manned the sidelines for the Cougars, turning a competitive, local-level squad into one of the most respected NCAA Division III programs in the nation.
A record-setting All-New Jersey Athletic Conference sweeper during the 1973 and 1974 seasons, Ochrimenko spent one year as an assistant to then-Head Coach Wayne Cunningham before being handed control of the club prior to the 1976 season. Through sheer determination and a love of the game, Ochrimenko was able to nurture his program and develop it into a winner.
In 1978, the club posted an 11-3-2 record, and captured the first of seven New Jersey Athletic Conference championships under Ochrimenko. After qualifying for a remarkable nine NCAA Tournaments since 1980, he reached the zenith of Division III soccer in 1992 when the Cougars captured the NCAA national championship.
A seven-time NJAC Coach of the Year, Ochrimenko has assembled a career record of 450-227-55 in his 36 seasons, to rank 17th in all-time career coaching wins in NCAA history and seventh among NCAA Division III active coaches. His teams have appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments, captured eight NJAC titles and have earned five Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) playoff berths, winning two titles.
Ochrimenko has had a hand in every NJAC title claimed by Kean, coaching the squad to eight (1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1997, 1998 and 2010), and playing on the 1973 club that shared the title with William Paterson College (now University).
During the fall of 2010 the Cougars knocked off the top three seeds of the NJAC tournament en-route to capturing the program's first NJAC title since 1998, as they also became the first sixth seed to capture a NJAC Championship in any sport. In the title match his squad recorded the game-winner in overtime to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In 2000, the Cougars fought to a 17-5-1 record, the fifth-most victories in program history while advancing to the championship game of the NJAC tournament.
During 1998, Ochrimenko's Cougars stormed to their second consecutive unbeaten and untied season in the NJAC (9-0-0), en route to hosting the NCAA Metro Regional for the second straight year. The 16-5 Kean team did not allow a goal in NJAC play, an unprecedented benchmark of defensive prowess.
In 1997, Ochrimenko was named the regional and NJAC Coach of the Year after leading Kean to a school-record 20-2 mark and into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Ochrimenko's 1984 club advanced all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament
Ochrimenko earned his degree from Kean in 1975, and is a 1982 inductee of the Kean University Benisch Athletic Hall of Fame.
Carlos Baltodano returns to the Cougars staff for his 10th season on the sidelines.
A four year player for then Kean College between 1979 and 1982, Baltodano has remained active in the soccer scene assisting at New Jersey Institute of Technology as well as Perth Amboy High School. For over the past 18 years, he has also coached the Panthers Soccer Club of the Garden State Youth Soccer League. A retired sergeant of the United States Air Force, Baltodano has been an educator in the field of high school history for over 19 years and is currently teaching at Perth Amboy High School.
Baltodano earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history education at Kean.
Chris Condron enters his first year with the men’s soccer team as an assistant coach in 2012.
Condron has a wealth of collegiate coaching experience as he was the head coach at both Rutgers-Newark and Keuka College. In addition, he was an assistant coach at Elizabethtown College, Clarkson University and Drew University.
As a student-athlete at Elizabethtown, he competed for four seasons, earning all-conference honors twice. During his collegiate career, his team advanced to the NCAA tournament all four seasons, while earning three conference crowns. His team compiled a 82-10-6 record in four seasons as he recorded 25 career goals and 19 assists.
Condron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown in 1994. While not on the field coaching, he is a full-time teacher of physical education at North Star Academy.
Mark Woodward joins the Kean University soccer programs in his first season as the goalkeeper coach in 2012.
Woodward has a coaching background both in Europe and the United
States. In the United States, he has worked with a variety of
boys and girls travel teams between U8 - U18. He has also
coached at the College of St Elizabeth and more recently for
Chatham High School.
In the United Kingdom, he was the Head Women's Coach & Assistant Men’s Coach for Oxford Brookes University from 1999-2001. Woodward played for Oxford Brookes University, leading his team all the way to a National Final during his tenure.
Woodward holds his 'B' License as well as a NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA State & Regional GK Diplomas. He earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Oxford Brookes University in England in 2001. He is currently a health educator at Holy Family High School in Florham Park.
John Velasco joins the coaching staff for his first season in 2012.
Velasco comes to Kean after a collegiate playing career at both East Stroudsburg University and Montclair State University. Velasco currently works at Nike Elite Soccer Training while also coaching locally for the Torpedoes Soccer Club in Wyckoff, N.J. Last season, Velasco was the junior varsity coach at Bloomfield High School.
Velasco earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Adult Fitness from Montclair State University in 2012.
Brad Fechter enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach with the men’s soccer team in 2012.
Fechter comes to Kean with club and high school coaching experience (Pingry School) in addition to being a four year athlete at Princeton University. Fechter tallied three goals and two assists from his midfield position while playing in 55 matches between 2004-2008. During his senior season he received the Dr. William Trevor Trophy which is presented annually to a member of the Princeton men’s soccer team who has shown the greatest improvement in the quality of play and attitude during the season.
Fechter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Princeton in 2009 and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Combined and Integrated School and Clinical Psychology from Kean.