The Eastern Kentucky University soccer team added assistant coach Mitch Hepburn to their staff, head coach Matt Cosinuke announced on Thursday, July 30.
He served as Director of Operations for the University of Dayton women’s soccer team in 2019.
“We are thrilled to add Mitch to our family,” Cosinuke said in a press release. “He was impressive during our national search, and he caught our eye with his attention to detail and ability to create genuine relationships. We were looking for a gritty, hungry personality and Mitch has that. I see big things in Mitch’s future. He is going to be great for the EKU soccer family.”
He led Dayton to the Atlantic-10 Tournament in 2019 and was involved in several aspects of the program including team travel, film, nutrition, fitness, load management reports, assisting with yearly periodization, recruiting visits and camps/clinics.
Before he was at Dayton, Hepburn coached at the University of Akron, where he was a director of operations graduate assistant for the women’s swimming and diving team. In fall 2016, Hepburn was the men’s soccer Director of Operations for the Zips, who were the 2016 MAC regular season and tournament champions and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Hepburn has high school coaching experience at Stow High School in Ohio.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to join Matt, Kristen and the Big E family,” Hepburn said. “I am eager to work alongside the entire staff and continue to learn and grow in this role.”
Hepburn played collegiate soccer at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina in 2013 before he transferred to a nationally ranked Akron team in 2014-15.
Hepburn graduated from Akron in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Hepburn earned a master’s degree in sport science/coaching/sport administration from Akron in May 2019.