Head Coach Jeff Hosler
Jeff Hosler enters his fifth season as head coach of the Grand Valley State women's soccer team in the fall of 2018... Hosler has led the Lakers to a pair of NCAA Championships, three NCAA title game appearances and four trips to the Elite Eight... He holds an overall record of 88-9-4 and 42-1-1 mark in GLIAC play... Hosler was named the third head coach in Laker women's soccer history on June 24, 2014...
With Hosler at the helm, 22 Lakers have earned All-America honors and 30 have earned All-Region... 10 Lakers have been honored as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 32 Lakers have earned All-GLIAC honors with GVSU posting the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons and GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year in all four years under Hosler...
Under Hosler's leadership, the Lakers continue to dominate GLIAC play, winning all four GLIAC regular season and tournament Championships to improve the overall mark to 13 straight seasons winning the regular season and 11 tournament titles in a row... The Lakers have also claimed the Midwest Regional Tournament in each of the four seasons and have now reached the NCAA Elite Eight in nine straight seasons...
The 2017 season saw the Lakers finish with a 20-4 overall record and 9-0 conference record... The Lakers finished second in the nation in scoring offense and boasted the National Player of the Year in Gabriella Mencotti, who signed a professional contract in Iceland following her senior season... Hosler was named GLIAC Coach of the Year and his team produced the GLIAC offensive and defensive players of the year plus the league's freshman of the year...
Hosler guided the Lakers to a fourth straight NCAA Division II National Championship game in his third season at the helm, where the Lakers fell to #1 Western Washington in a back and forth affair. Despite this, the Lakers had another excellent season in bringing home a 12th straight GLIAC regular season title and a tenth straight GLIAC tournament title, as well as posting a 23-2-1 record overall and a flawless 11-0 mark in GLIAC play. The Lakers also notched a second straight season scoring 100+ goals and broke the program's single season assist record of 90, set in 2015.
Hosler's third campaign in Allendale saw the Lakers bring home multiple individual national and regional awards, including D2CCA Player of the Year (Gabriella Mencotti), and the team led the nation in goals (102), assists (91), points per game (11.38), assist per game (3.54) and total points (295).
Hosler’s second season at the helm of the Lakers earned the program it’s third consecutive-and fifth overall- Division II National Championship. The team also secured it’s 11th straight GLIAC regular season title outright, and captured it’s ninth straight GLIAC Tournament title. The team’s 23 wins were the second most in program history behind the 2013 campaign’s 24 wins. The Lakers prolific offense shattered the previous program single season goal record of 92, set by the 2010 squad. Grand Valley ranked first in the nation in total goals (104, total points (298), assists (90) and assists per game (3.60), while finishing second in goals per game (4.16) and points per game (11.92). The Lakers broke the previous program highs in goals, points and assists, each by substantial margins. Despite the offense leading the charge, the defense was nothing to scoff at for Grand Valley, as they registered 17 shutouts, 13 of which came against conference opponents, and five of which came in the postseason. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Maresh was 19-1-1 as a first year starter, and the Lakers finished seventh nationally in goals against average (0.436).
Hosler's first season with the Lakers brought a second consecutive NCAA Championship to Allendale. GVSU also claimed a share of its 10th straight GLIAC regular season title and won the GLIAC Tournament for the eighth year in a row. The Lakers posted a 22-2-2 overall record, tying the 2008, 2009 and 2010 clubs for the second-most wins in program history. Hosler's attacking-minded philosophy enabled the club to rank second in goals per game (3.04), third in assists per game (2.77) and fourth in points per game (8.85) among Division II teams. GVSU's 72 total assists, which led the nation, were the third-most in program history. This style of play did not take away from the defense, though. Despite a new goalkeeper, the loss of two All-American defenders from last season's club and a slew of injuries along the back line throughout the year, the Lakers tallied 16 shutouts - tied for the fifth-most clean sheets in school history - and ranked seventh nationally in goals against average (0.453).
By season's end, seven Lakers earned Daktronics All-Midwest Region honors (four first-team and three second-team selections), while there were five Lakers who were named NSCAA All-Midwest Region (three first-team and two second-team honorees). Marti Corby and Juane Odendaal garnered NSCAA and Daktronics All-American laurels, Gabriella Mencotti was a Daktronics All-America Second Team selection and Jenny Shaba garnered a Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention plaudit. Moreover, seven Lakers were voted onto the All-GLIAC Teams (four first-team, two second-team and one honorable mention selections) and Odendaal was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, Corby and Andrea Strauss became the ninth and 10th Capital One Academic All-Americans in program history.
Before taking over at GVSU, Hosler spent eight seasons in the NCAA Division III ranks at Alma College. Under his watch, the Scots amassed a 91-55-12 overall record, won their only Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) regular season title in 2010 and was the only team in the league to finish third or better each of the past six years. Alma also claimed the 2011 MIAA Tournament title to make its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
Prior to Hosler's arrival in 2006, Alma posted just three winning records - only one of which came after 1995 - and boasted just 90 all-time victories in the program's first 16 years of existence.
Additionally, the Scots produced just 12 All-MIAA selections and one NSCAA All-Region honorees between 1990 - the first season the conference sponsored women's soccer - and 2005. Hosler's players earned 32 All-MIAA plaudits and eight were All-Central Region picks.
Success in the classroom was a major emphasis all throughout Hosler's time at Alma as well. There were 77 players named to the MIAA All-Academic Honor Roll under his guidance and each of his clubs earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
After inheriting a group that ended the 2005 campaign with a 5-14-1 overall record, Hosler's first two teams tallied an 11-19-4 record before the turnaround truly began.
From 2008-13, Alma compiled a 54-15-6 record in conference matches, which was the second-best mark among all MIAA teams. During that span, the Scots ranked second or better in the conference in points, shots and goals four times.
In his final two seasons, Alma combined to go 23-7-2 in conference play, 26-13-2 overall and claimed a pair of second-place finishes in the MIAA with relatively inexperienced rosters. Four of the Scots' top six point-getters in 2013 were either freshmen or sophomores.
In addition to his duties at Alma, Hosler has been the head coach of the Michigan Olympic Development Program team since 2012 and was named Director of Coaching for the TNT Dynamite Soccer Club this past May.
From September 2003 until March 2006, Hosler served as an assistant coach for the women's soccer program at East Lansing High School. During his time on staff, the Trojans won four Capital Area Activities Conference Blue titles, made three state semifinal appearances and captured the 2005 Division 2 State Championship.
Hosler's playing career at Alma came to a close in 2001. He was a four-time All-MIAA selection and earned All-Mideast Region and All-NCAA Tournament honors during the Scots' first-ever trip to the Final Four in 1999. The East Lansing, Michigan native left Alma as the all-time leader in assists and ranked inside the top five in career points.
He holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "B" License and USYSA National "Youth" License. Additionally, he has served as a clinician at Central Michigan (2000-01, 2006-08), Michigan State (2007-10, 2012) and Grand Valley State (2009-10) soccer camps.
The East Lansing, Michigan native earned a Bachelor of Arts in business from Alma College in May 2002. He and his wife, Rochelle, have two daughters, Charlie (6) and Kennedy (4), and a son, Steven (1).