Otterbein University

Otterbein Athletics
1 South Grove Street Westerville, OH 43081
Division 3 Ohio Midwest
Private Small National competitor


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Brandon Koons

Decorated head coach Brandon Koons begins his 25th season at the helm of the Otterbein women's soccer program this fall, having led the Cardinals to 11 Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season championships (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2020-21, 2021), seven OAC Tournament titles (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2018, 2020-21) and seven appearances in the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament.

Koons is the winningest coach in OAC women's soccer history, finishing the latest campaign at 326-98-40 and with a staggering .769 winning percentage. He has never had a losing season.

Koons took over the women’s program in 1999 after serving four years as an assistant coach for the Otterbein men’s soccer team, helping recruit many players that ultimately played in the 2002 national title game. He enjoyed immediate success on the women's side, leading the Cardinals to a then-school record nine wins in 1999. The improvement continued each season as Otterbein reset school records for wins from 2000-03 before culminating with the current school record of 20 in three separate seasons.

The program made three-straight NCAA appearances from 2004-06 and Koons then delivered the most successful three-year run in OAC history spanning 2008-10, advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 each fall and then becoming the first OAC program to make the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. Otterbein finished that memorable 2010 run with an undefeated 20-0-4 record, battling eventual national champion Hardin-Simmons to a scoreless draw before falling in penalty kicks.

The team finished each of those three seasons (2008-10) ranked among the top-10 nationally, playing to a record of 58-4-7 over the time span. In 2009, the Cardinals ranked second nationally with 18 shutouts, breaking the OAC single-season record in the process. In 2010, the team broke the record again with 21 shutouts, finishing atop the country in goals-against average (.16), save percentage (.933), and shutout percentage (.875).

He brought the program back to the national scene in 2018, using a two-month unbeaten streak to finish 17-3-1 while sweeping OAC regular-season and tournament crowns. They cracked into the national rankings and were chosen to host an NCAA Regional inside Memorial Stadium. One of his most notable seasons then took place in 2020-21 (a pandemic-shortened schedule in the spring due to CoVID), where his veteran/unbeaten group went 10-0-1 to claim more hardware. Koons notched career win No. 300 in the OAC Tournament Final against Ohio Northern, capping a three-year record of 56-11-5.

Koons is a 7x OAC Coach of the Year, 3x Ohio Coach of the Year (2000, 2008, 2010) and 3x Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year (2005, 2009, and 2010). He has helped guide eight different Academic All-Americans and seven different All-Americans for their play on the field.

Koons has a USSF "B" License, an NSCAA Premier Diploma and NSCAA State and Regional Goalkeeping Diplomas. He is a frequent contributor to the NSCAA Soccer Journal and has authored eight DVDs for Championship Productions. In 2003, Koons worked with FIFA on the Technical Study for the 2003 Women's World Cup, breaking down systems of play, noting strengths and weaknesses of participating teams and choosing the Player of the Match for games played in Columbus, Ohio.

A native of Westerville, Koons earned both his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1994 and master’s degree in teaching in 1998 from Otterbein. While an undergraduate, he played four years on the varsity soccer team, serving as a captain his senior year. He then served as an assistant on the Otterbein men’s soccer team from 1995 to 1998.

Koons, who was a long-time director for Classics Eagles club, now coaches high school girls for the newly-formed Barcelona Academy in Columbus. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Lewis Center and have a pair of daughters; Mackenzie and Madison.

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Marc Kirsch

Marc Kirsch begins his first season as a lead assistant coach for the Otterbein women’s soccer program in 2023.

A well-known club director, Kirsch brings a wealth of coaching and administrative experience at multiple levels. He has guided a two Ohio South State Cup championship teams, along with a Presidents Cup title.

Kirsch enjoyed a pair of memorable runs as the head boys coach at Marysville high school from 1998-2003 and against from 2005-12, working his way to becoming the winningest coach in program history. He also served as an assistant coach on staff at nearby Ohio Wesleyan in 2003-04.

An Olympic development coach, Kirsch has been a NSCAA National Coaches Award winner and holds his national diploma coaching license as well.

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Steve Bartram

Steve Bartram enters his 17th season as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. He is a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a degree in Arts and Sciences.

Bartram was an Ohio South Olympic Development Player in 1985 before becoming a member of the Cardinal men’s soccer program for two seasons, including the 1988 Ohio Athletic Conference championship team. He then became an assistant coach at Marion Harding High School before joining Otterbein.

A resident of Westerville, Bartram also works as a manager at Jeffrey Thomas Clothiers in Upper Arlington.

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Patience Bowman

Patience (Denz) Bowman, a 2006 graduate of Otterbein, has contributed to the coaching staff for multiple seasons over the past decade.

Bowman spent one year as the junior varsity and assistant varsity girls’ soccer coach at Olentangy High School shortly before graduation, and later returned to serve as a graduate assistant at Otterbein in 2006. She then moved on to teach at Olentangy Local Schools the following year.

Bowman moved on to teach at Olentangy Local Schools the following year, starting in Elementary Physical Education for four years until 2011 before transitioning to her current position of Health and Physical Education teacher at Berkshire Middle School.

In addition to her time in the classroom, Bowman worked as the girls’ varsity assistant soccer coach at St. Francis DeSales from 2007-11 and is now the head 7th-grade girls’ basketball coach at Berkshire. She has also spent time coaching club soccer with Classics and Ambassadors.

Bowman was a four-year letterwinner for Otterbein women’s soccer from 2001-04, appearing in 73 matches along the way. She finished her career with six goals and nine assists from her midfielder position.

Patience earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 2005 before later receiving a Master’s in Education from Otterbein in June of 2009.

She and her husband, Dan, currently reside locally with their two children; Patience and Richie.

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Chris Beattie

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