COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lori Walker-Hock, the three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, has received a five-year contract extension through the 2026 season. Walker-Hock is in her 26th season leading the Scarlet and Gray.
“We are thrilled to have Lori continue to lead our women’s soccer program,” said Ohio State senior deputy athletic director and senior woman administrator Janine Oman. “She has been the face of our program and the student- athletes benefit greatly from her tremendous experience and leadership. Lori is focused on the success on each student-athlete both on and off the field.”
Walker-Hock is only the second coach in Ohio State women’s soccer history, taking over a four-year-new program in 1997 and establishing it as a contender in the Big Ten Conference and nationally ever since.
Ohio State has made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances under Walker, including 11 appearances in the last 13 years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021(spring) and 2021 (fall).
Her 2004 team set a program record with 19 victories, and it advanced to the national quarterfinals. Her 2010 team won 17 games and made the program’s first NCAA College Cup.
Ohio State has won two Big Ten Conference championships under Walker-Hock, in 2010 and 2017, and it has advanced to five Big Ten tournament championship games, winning titles in 2002, 2004 and 2012. The Buckeyes have won 121 Big Ten games under Walker-Hock, the third-most Big Ten wins for a conference head coach all-time. Only two other coaches have won at least 100 Big Ten matches.
Walker-Hock has been honored as the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times, in 2001, 2010 and 2017. She has also been honored as the Big Ten tournament’s outstanding coach in 2002 and as the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2009.
Ohio State has been Big Ten team statistical champions nine times under Walker-Hock and she has had eight of her student-athletes lead the Big Ten in a statistical category. She has seen 23 Buckeyes earn first-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. Her standout players include 2020 Tokyo Olympian and gold medal winner for Team Canada, Nichelle Prince.
Ten of Walker-Hock’s Buckeyes have won a total of 11 Big Ten major individual awards:
Walker-Hock’s Buckeyes have thrived in the classroom. As a team, Ohio State has earned the NSCAA College Women’s Team Academic Award nine times in the past 10 years. To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible. Individually, 35 different student-athletes have garnered Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar laurels during Walker-Hock’s tenure to go along seven NSCAA/United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans and 15 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Ten players have gone on to play professionally under Walker-Hock’s tutelage, with the most recent being All-American Izzy Rodriguez who was drafted by the Kansas City Current in the 2021 NWSL Draft.
Prior to taking over at Ohio State for the 1997 season, Walker-Hock spent two seasons at Kansas, where she started the program. Her career record is 284-211-55 and she has an Ohio State record of 271-188-54.
Walker-Hock is a 1994 graduate of North Carolina. She was a member of four Tar Heel national championship teams, three ACC championship teams and lost only one match in her four-year collegiate career.