UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s soccer team added to its coaching staff on Monday.
Michael Behonick was named an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions after spending the previous four seasons at Virginia. Behonick replaces Bo Oshoniyi, who left the program last month to become head coach at East Tennessee State.
“We are pleased to welcome Michael to Penn State, our incredible athletic department, and our Penn State soccer family,” head coach Bob Warming said. “We were certainly humbled by the volume of phone calls and interest we received regarding the open position on our staff. Michael’s recruiting contacts, eye for talent and pedigree as a pro player and college coach will help him transition quickly to our program. He will be an important piece in helping us win more Big Ten Championships and become national champions in the near future.”
Behonick coached the goaltenders for the Cavaliers, helping the team reach the College Cup national semifinals last season, and will be in charge of the goalies and defense for the Nittany Lions.
“I’m thankful to Coach Warming for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff here at Penn State,” said Behonick, a 2003 American University graduate who played professionally in the USL. “I am excited to be joining such a fine institution and a program that has just come off back-to-back Big Ten Championships and a Sweet 16 appearance. I would also like to thank Coach Gelnovatch, the staff and players at Virginia for an incredible five years and wish them continued success in the future.”
Penn State was 13-6-2 last season, won its second straight Big Ten regular-season title and advanced to the NCAA round of 16.