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April 6, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – John Bluem, Ohio State men’s soccer head coach, has signed a new five-year contract, Andy Geiger, Director of Athletics, announced Wednesday. Bluem, who became Ohio State’s all-time wins leader in 2004 in his eighth season, has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament three of the last five seasons, including to a program-best Round of 16 appearance in 2004.

“John Bluem has elevated Ohio State men’s soccer to prominence in the Big Ten and in the NCAA tournament,” Geiger said. “We are delighted with his work and look forward to his achievements over the next several years.”

Bluem, a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (1999, 2004), took over the Ohio State program prior to the 1997 season and since has compiled 79 wins and guided the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship (2000), a Big Ten regular-season co-championship (2004) and all three of the program’s NCAA tournament appearances (2000, 2001, 2004). Bluem’s 2004 squad tied the school’s single-season wins record (12) and topped 11th-ranked Memphis and ninth-ranked Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the men’s soccer coach at The Ohio State University,” Bluem said. “The support from the University has been excellent and the future looks very good. Andy Geiger’s leadership and involvement in our program has been first class, and we wish him the very best.”

Bluem is a 1975 graduate of Hartwick College and a 2002 inductee into Hartwick’s Hall of Fame. In 14 years as a collegiate head coach, which includes six seasons at Fresno State, Bluem owns a career record of 165-89-30, including a 79-62-18 mark at Ohio State. He has guided his teams to the NCAA tournament seven times and has been named the conference coach of the year five times.

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