Wulf Koch - Head Coach - 8th Season
The face of the AUM men’s soccer program since 2007, Wulf-Dieter Koch enters his seventh season at the helm of the men’s soccer program and 10th overall at AUM.
During his tenure with the Warhawks, Koch has posted a 79-32-11 overall mark with the men’s program, after compiling a 48-19-3 record in three seasons coaching the women’s team. During his collegiate career, Koch has posted a record of 190-135-22 as a men’s coach, while adding 71 wins as a women’s coach. He sports a career win percentage of .581 and has led helped seven teams to the NAIA National Tournament.
Under Koch’s leadership, AUM has finished the season ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll five times, including last season when the Warhawks won the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals. He also led AUM to the 2007 NAIA Region XIII tournament championship and to the NAIA National Tournament Final Four in his first season.
Last season, Koch guided the Warhawks to an 18-4-2, with their four losses coming to the four national tournament semifinalists. Three AUM players earned NAIA All-American honors, including goalkeeper Vignir Johannesson, who was named a first-team selection. Additionally, five student-athletes earned all-conference honors, four were named to the SSAC All-Freshman team and six were selected to the league’s All-Academic Team.
The Warhawks faced 11 teams ranked or among the others receiving votes in 2012 and responded with a 6-4-1 record. The 18 victories by the team, 11 of which were shutouts, were the most by a team since the 2005 squad went 23-2 and reached the Final Four.
In the classroom, the men’s soccer program was equally successful. The Warhawks posted a team grade point average of 3.11, including a 3.26 in the 2013 Spring semester. Three student-athletes were named NAIA Scholar Athletes, while Christian Holthaus earned AUM’s nomination for the SSAC Honor Student-Athlete award.
During the 2011 season, Koch led the Warhawks to a 12-5-4 record. AUM reached the finals of the SSAC tournament, and were only a penalty shootout away from winning the conference and returning to the NAIA tournament. Five players earned spots on SSAC all-conference teams, including two first-team selections. Men’s soccer also continued to have success academically, with 10 players making the SSAC All-Academic team. At AUM, the team received the Team G.P.A. award, given to the program which has the highest average overall for the year. With a 3.19 team G.P.A., it was the second straight year they had earned the top spot.
In 2010, the Warhawks struggled with injuries, inexperience and a difficult schedule, posting the first losing season in Koch’s time as head coach at AUM. The Warhawks posted a 7-9-2 record on the season, after facing six teams that finished the season ranked in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, four others among the others receiving votes and seven teams that qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.
Despite the on-field results, the Warhawks were recognized for their sportsmanship on the pitch, in the classroom and in the community with the 2010 Buffalo Funds Five Star Champions of Character Team Award, one of 23 given out by the NAIA for each of its 23 championship sports. The team was also presented the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Team Academic Award, after posting a team grade point average of 3.27 during the previous academic year.
In his previous three seasons, Koch helped the Warhawks to a 42-14-3 record, the NAIA National Tournament in 2007, a No. 1 ranking in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll the week of Sept. 16, 2008, and eight weeks ranked within the top 10.
Koch, who now has 17 years of experience coaching on the men’s side and 23 years at the college level, began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Maine-Fort Kent in 1991 and 1992. He then moved on to the University of Maine-Machias, where he led the men’s program for four seasons. He spent four seasons in South Dakota at National American University where he led the Mavericks to four consecutive NAIA post-season appearances, reaching the NAIA Region III semifinals all four seasons, and advancing on to the NAIA National Tournament once.
While at NAU, Koch was selected to the 1998 NAIA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Regional Coach of the Year and was named the 2000 NAIA Region III Sectional Coach of the Year.
Koch moved south following the 2001 season, taking over the men’s and women’s head coaching position at Spring Hill College, where he spent two seasons before coming to AUM. Koch was hired as the AUM women’s head coach for three seasons, where he posted a 48-19-3 record, a NAIA National Tournament Sweet 16 appearance and a SSAC championship in 2004.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Koch enjoyed a stellar four year career at UMFK, where he led the Bengals in scoring as a freshman and sophomore, and captained the squad during his junior and senior years. He finished his career with 32 goals and 28 assists, was a member of UMFK’s 1988 championship soccer team, which captured the North East College Athletic Conference championship and the NAIA District 5 semifinal. He was named to the All-North East College Athletic Conference team his junior and senior campaigns, was named to the All-Maine Collegiate Team and was honored as the Male Athlete of the Year during his senior year. In 2007, Koch was inducted into the UMFK Sports Hall of Fame.
Koch earned his bachelor’s degree in history in 1989 and his master’s in athletic administration from Springfield (Mass.) College in 1991. He also holds his teaching certification from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
In addition, Koch holds the prestigious Master’s Diploma, the highest level of coaching education offered by the NSCAA, as well as "A" and "Youth" licenses from the United States Soccer Federation.
Koch is married to the former Jane Desjardins. The couple, which resides in Montgomery, has three children, Ben, a junior at AUM, Alanna, 20, and Joshua, 14, a freshman at Montgomery Catholic, and one grandson, Eli Jack.