Soccer welcomes Gary Yohe to its coaching staff
MUNCIE, Ind. – – Gary YohÃ©, who has spent the past seven seasons taking Marian University women’s football to unprecedented heights, will join the Ball State football program as an assistant coach, according to the head coach Josh rife.
âI am delighted that Gary is joining our team,â said Rife. “I think he is the perfect addition to our staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the game, as well as a history of success at every stage of his career.”
During his seven-year stint at the helm of the Knights, which included a runner-up at the 2019 NAIA National Tournament, Yohe produced an overall record of 101-37-13. His 0.712 winning percentage is the best in program history and he guided MU to his first two 20-game seasons.
“I want to thank Coach Rife for giving me the opportunity to join his team alongside him and Katy,” said Yohe. “The Ball State football program has been very successful over the past few years, and I look forward to being part of their quest to continue this trend.”
The 20-winning first season came in the Magic Run of 2019 when he led his alma mater to an overall record of 20-3-3 and the Crossroads League tournament championship. The Knights would win three games at the NAIA final venue, including a spectacular penalty win over favorite William Carey, and end the year as national runner-up.
As the schedule looked different due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Yohe’s Knights picked up where they left off in 2020-21, setting a program record with 21 wins. Marian University won the Crossroads League regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time while winning two games in the NAIA National Tournament.
Yohe coaches the NAIA program’s first American All-Star team during the 2019 season at Erin Oleksak. Oleksak won his second consecutive NAIA First Team All-American honor in 2020-21 and was joined by Sydney Genatempo in the first team and Siera Stuart in the second team.
Marian University won their very first place in the NAIA tournament under Yohe in 2017, finishing the season with an overall record of 16-3-4 and as a finalist in both the regular season and the conference tournament. The team went 14-0-1 at home that season and produced a 48-1-4 record at home for the past four years.
Resuming a program that failed to make the conference tournament in the two seasons leading up to his arrival, Yohe brought the Knights back to the event in his first season in 2014. The next two years, MU finished in the top three of the Crossroads League. standings of the season and have qualified for the tournament championship game.
Before arriving at Marian University, Yohe spent five seasons as head coach at the Jesuit Preparatory School BrÃ©beuf where he amassed a record of 58-25-21. The Braves have won four sectional championships, one regional title and have competed in three regional finals under his direction. He has been named Marion Country Coach of the Year twice and has been District Coach of the Year three times.
Yohe also holds a National “B” license from the USSF, a National Advanced Diploma from the NSCAA, and a National Goalie Diploma from the NSCAA.
He has over 15 years of club level coaching experience and is currently on the staff of the Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL program. Additionally, he spent over 10 years training goalkeepers with his Indiana Goalkeeper Academy and served as goaltending coach with the Indy Eleven for three seasons following the club’s announcement on April 25, 2013.
Yohe began his coaching career at IUPUI, helping lead the Jaguars to a 13-7 record and a place in the league tournament in 2008 as an assistant coach and goaltender coach of the team.
As a college student-athlete, Yohe served as a three-year starting goalie for Marian University from 2004-2006 and earned an honorable mention from the NSCAA All-America. He ended his career as the season record holder and the program career record holder for goals against average at 0.99 and 1.21, respectively.
He also led the Knights to their only Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Championship in 2005 when he saved four of the tournament’s five semifinal penalty shots against Goshen. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2007.
Yohe currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Kathleen, their two daughters, Lainey and Paige, and their only son, Nolan.