Feb. 4, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern head men’s soccer coach Tim Lenahan announced today that Joe Ahearn will join the program as an assistant coach. Ahearn arrives at Northwestern after six seasons as the head men’s soccer coach at Missouri S&T and also worked on the coaching staffs at Colgate and DePaul.
"Joe is a great addition for Northwestern,” Lenahan said. “He has been one of the most well-liked and well-respected coaches at each of his stops. In contacting references Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Director of Athletics at DePaul, Vicky Chun, Director of Athletics at Colgate, and Mark Mullin, Director of Athletics at Missouri S+T, they were unanimous in their raves about Joe as a terrific person and great coach. In addition to working our camp for the last 10 years and having worked closely with head coach Erik Ronning (former Northwestern assistant coach) at Colgate, Joe is very familiar with our model of putting the student-athlete first. His very successful experience as a head coach will really add to our program. We welcome Joe, his wife Katie and three children Frankie, Charlie and daughter Annie to the Wildcat Family".
“I want to thank Dr. Jim Phillips, the administration, and coach Lenahan for the opportunity to join such a prominent university,” Ahearn said. “It is apparent that those associated with Northwestern University want to do things the right way in their pursuit to be the best, on and off the field. Coach Lenahan is one of the best in the business. I respect the manner in which he operates the men’s soccer program and the people who are associated with it.“
Ahearn comes to Northwestern with 11 years of coaching experience, including six as a head coach. While at Missouri S&T, Ahearn enjoyed success as the first coach to lead the Miners to the NCAA Division II Tournament and the regional championships game. In 2010 the Miners were GLVC Regular Season Co-Champions and he was honored as a finalist for the Division II National Coach of the Year award while also earning the distinction of Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year.
He also coached the first two All-Americans in program history in goalkeeper Pat McNamee and defender Spencer Brinkmeyer. Both players were key components to the Miner defense in 2010 that posted 11 shutouts and had the third-best shutout percentage in NCAA Division II.
During his two seasons at Colgate, Ahearn helped guide the Raiders to two appearances in the Patriot League Tournament and was the assistant director of the university’s boys soccer camps.
Ahearn began his coaching career at his alma mater, DePaul, spending three seasons on the Blue Demon sideline. Aside from his coaching duties, he served as the primary recruiting coordinator and liaison between the student-athletes and athletic academic counseling. The Blue Demons received the Conference USA Academic Excellence Award in 2003 and six players were named to the Conference USA Commissioners Honor Roll during his tenure.
Prior to that, he worked as the equipment operations coordinator for the United States Soccer Federation and traveled with the national team to the 2002 World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan. He also traveled with the team when it took part in the Under-20 World Championships in Argentina.
A 2000 DePaul graduate, Ahearn played 67 games over his four-year career and started every game his last three seasons. He was selected to the Conference USA all-league team as a third-team selection following the 1999 season and was chosen as his team’s most valuable player.
He is the holder of a United States Soccer Federation National A coaching license.
His wife Katie, sons Frankie Charlie and daughter, Annie, join Ahearn in Evanston.
Ahearn joins fellow assistant coach Mike Babst, volunteer assistant coach Ovidio Felcaro and director of operations Norm Hillner on Lenahan’s staff. Former associate head coach Neil Jones recently accepted the head coaching position at Loyola University.
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