Adam Ponder has been named as an assistant coach for the Wright State men's soccer program, WSU head coach Bryan Davis announced today.
Ponder's roles with the program will include recruiting, training sessions, scouting and camps.
Ponder came to WSU after three years as an assistant at Valparaiso, where the Crusaders posted a 25-16-15 record, including a 10-5-4 mark in 2016.
“This is a home run hire for us," said Davis. "Adam comes to us with a great skill set of knowledge and experiences gained at Valparaiso. Not many programs in the country do things the right way like Mike Avery's program at Valpo."
"When Tom Pool departed last year, we decided to take our time to find our fifth staff member to fit with Michael Flynn, Adam Horseman, Jake Slemker and myself," said Davis. "After meeting Adam and speaking with him, it was clear he will round out our staff and adds elements that we were missing and really will help us all grow within the program and towards continued national prominence."
Prior to Valparaiso, Ponder spent one season as a volunteer assistant at Mount Union. On the club level, he has been involved with the Three Lions United Soccer Club along with Indiana Elite FC, Canton United SC and United Elite, Knoxville FC and Bloomington Cutters SC.
"I am excited about the opportunity that Coach Davis has offered me to join the Wright State coaching staff," said Ponder. "Wright State has proven that is an elite program and I would like to continue to build the program on the field and in the classroom. I appreciate everything Coach Avery has done for me at Valpariso, but am ready to take on a new challenge."
"I'd like to thank my family and Dr. Hyde for their support and passion for the game and I am extremely grateful for my wife, Maighdlin, who has meant everything to me in this coaching journey," added Ponder. "It is a pleasure joining the Raider family and I look forward to continued success at Wright State."
A 2006 graduate of Indiana with a bachelor's degree in Tourism Management, Ponder earned a master's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Tennessee in 2010. He played collegiately for one season at High Point.