April 25, 2018

What They Are Saying About Coach Maisonneuve

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Maisonneuve was named head men’s soccer coach at The Ohio State University on Monday. See what the soccer community had to say about the hiring of Maisonneuve below.


“We are excited to welcome Brian back to Columbus as he takes the reins of The Ohio State University’s men’s soccer program. For nine seasons, Brian played an important part of Columbus Crew SC history during his professional playing career and has gone on to achieve success in his coaching tenure at both the U.S. Soccer and collegiate levels. We wish him all the best in his newest chapter as a head coach and look forward to the impact he will make in his role with the Buckeye

– Gregg Berhalter, Sporting Director/Head Coach, Columbus Crew SC

It’s a big week for Ohio State. I’ve known Mais [Maisonneuve] for well over 20 years. I’ve known him as a player, coach and as a friend. He is one of the best. He comes from a tradition of successful programs. He was an incredible player himself and has great knowledge of the game. He has a work rate coupled with integrity that will not only draw some of the best players to a great university but then he also has the ability to put them in a system to give them a chance to win. I’m happy for him and Ohio State and I’m excited to see what he can do there.”

– Chris Klein, President, LA Galaxy

“Ohio State just made the best hire in the college game. Brian is poised and ready for this opportunity. He is a fantastic coach but an even better person. He will lead that group of young men to greatness on and off the field.”

 – John Hackworth, Head Coach, U-17 MNT

 “I am excited for Mais and his new opportunity to lead the OSU men’s soccer program. He has been a big part of our IU success since he started here as a player in 1991. I have been really lucky to work next to one of my best friends over the years, sharing special memories on and off the field. He’s a tremendous person and excellent coach. On behalf of our entire soccer program, I want to thank Mais for his contributions as a player and coach. He left a great mark on our soccer program and will be missed by all.”

 – Todd Yeagley, Head Coach, Indiana University

“His work ethic set him apart as a player and now as a coach. He has taken all the right steps throughout his coaching career and to have his own team, I look forward to seeing what he does with that. Only great things are going to come at Ohio State. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been. Ohio State is getting a person that has high morals and is going to create a culture of winning. The players are going to love to play for him.”


– Miles Joseph, Assistant Coach, Orlando City SC

 “Mais is someone I learned a lot from in my short period of time with him. Not only does he have great knowledge of the game, but he’s also an incredible leader and person. I have no doubt he will bring great success to the Ohio State soccer program.”

 – Eriq Zavaleta, Center Back on Toronto FC

“Ohio State is getting a phenomenal coach but an even better person. I’m sad to see Mais leave IU but am so thankful I was able to have him as a coach during my time there. I just want to start off by thanking Mais and his family for the time and dedication they have put forth into the IU soccer family. If it wasn’t for Mais and the coaching staff, I wouldn’t be playing professional soccer today.”

 – ­Femi Hollinger Janzen, Forward on New England Revolution

“I was really happy to see Mais get the head coaching job at Ohio State. I learned so much from him on and off the field at IU. He’s a great player and even better person. One of my favorite coaches I’ve ever worked with. Ohio State is lucky to have him.”

– Tommy Thompson, Midfielder on San Jose Earthquakes

 “I couldn’t have been happier for Mais and his family after hearing this news. I was very lucky to have Mais as a coach in college. I learned a lot from him and Ohio State is lucky to have him.”

 – Grant Lillard, Defender on Chicago Fire