Contributions from Ohio Wesleyan Athletics
DELAWARE, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan assistant women’s soccer coach Becca Madison was named interim head coach for the 2019 women’s soccer season after head coach Nicole Ross announced her resignation, effective July 19.
Ross resigned as women's soccer coach after her husband, Brad, accepted a coaching position at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
"It has been an honor to work at Ohio Wesleyan for the last five years. I want to thank (President) Rock Jones and Doug Zipp for their support, and Becca Madison for her dedication to the program," Ross said. "Over the years, I was constantly reminded of why this University is so special -- it's the people. I'm proud of where we are today and cannot wait to see the women's soccer program continue to improve over the coming years. The best is yet to come for our women."
"I would like to thank Nicole for her contributions to OWU athletics," Zipp said. "Over the course of her three seasons as head coach, she has worked hard to improve the student-athlete experience and bolster roster numbers and has brought a competitive spirit to the program."
Ross guided Ohio Wesleyan to a 7-9-1 record in 2018. In her first season as Ohio Wesleyan's head coach, she led the Bishops to a 7-10 record -- an improvement of six wins over the previous season. In three years at the Bishop helm, she compiled an overall record of 21-27-3. Ross served as an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Madison, in her third season with the Bishops, is a 2012 Ohio Wesleyan graduate. During her OWU playing career, she was a three-time, first-team All-NCAC selection. As a senior, she helped the Bishops to an NCAC co-championship and an NCAA Division III tournament appearance. She majored in health and human kinetics at Ohio Wesleyan and continued her education by earning a master's degree in exercise and sports studies from Smith College.