Neal Ozmun joins the Idaho State University women’s soccer staff after a standout career as a player and assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Ozmun spent the last three years at OBU, an NCAA DII school, where he was responsible for training the goalkeepers, coordinating recruiting, and organizing team travel for both the men and women’s programs.
Of the three keepers he coached on the women’s team, two of them were named to the all-conference team. The third posted back-to-back clean sheets and led the Tigers to a Great American Conference tournament championship.
All three keepers posted a .800 save percentage or better with total saves being upwards of 90 each year.
On top of training goalkeepers, Ozmun was responsible for organizing the schedules for both the men and women’s programs. With the staff members coaching both programs, scheduling was quite the puzzle. He was also responsible for transportation, lodging, and food on away trips.
He helped coach one All-American, eight All-Region players, thirteen All-Conference players, and eleven All-Conference Academic players. The Tigers posted a 3.66 team GPA while he oversaw academics.
Ozmun played four years at Ouachita Baptist University as a goalkeeper. He is the career leader for total saves. His senior year he helped lead the team to the Gulf South Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
He graduated from OBU in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. He obtained his Master’s Degree in 2013 in Sports Administration from Henderson State University.
Chris “Topper” Cogan enters his first year as an assistant coach with the Idaho State soccer program. Idaho State head soccer coach Allison Gibson announced the hiring of Cogan as an assistant coach in late July. Cogan comes to Idaho State with a diverse coaching background at both the collegiate and professional levels, and he has spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Lamar.
During Cogan’s time at Lamar, the program set records for goals in a season, fewest goals allowed in a season and it appeared in the conference championship for the first time in school history. In addition to his duties at Lamar, Cogan also served as the head coach of a professional indoor soccer team, Oxford City FC of Texas since 2014.
Cogan was the head coach and general manager of the Texas Strikers Professional Indoor Soccer team from 2012-14, and prior to that he was an assistant coach at Sam Houston State from 2008-12. From 2010-12, he also acted as the director of developmental soccer for the Montgomery Soccer Club as well as the director of goalkeeping for the South Texas Olympic Development program. Cogan was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Angelo State from 2005-09, and he was an assistant coach at Texas Tech from 2001-04.
Cogan earned his U.S. Soccer National “A” license in January of 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech in 1997 and masters in 2001.