Buena Vista Director of Athletics, Christyn Abaray, has announced the hiring of Ben McArthur as the university's head men's soccer coach. McArthur takes over for Marc Baumbach, who had led the program for the past five years.
"As our program looks to keep improving on the field while also continuing BVU's main goal of producing future leaders, I am proud to announce our hiring of Ben McArthur as the new men's soccer coach here at Buena Vista University," states Abaray. "Ben's knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm will be welcomed assets to the program, the athletics department and the university. And further, his goals and plans to achieve them align with where wish to go. We wholeheartedly welcome Ben to the BVU family."
McArthur will step foot on campus after having spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Waldorf College. During his tenure with the Warriors, the team went 14-23-1 and set a school record for wins in a season just last season (8-10-1). They had won just 11 total matches over the previous four years.
In 2012 and 2013, McArthur helped coach seven all-conference players, including a two-time Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) goalkeeper and the 2013 MCAC Newcomer of the Year.
"Words really can't describe how excited I am to start my head coaching career, and the opportunity given to me by Buena Vista is one I could not pass up," says McArthur. "BV is known for its high standard in academics, and athletics has the support of the administration to put together programs that are successful and impactful to student-athletes' lives. I want to thank Christyn and the hiring committee for this wonderful opportunity to lead the men's soccer team into the future. I am looking forward to embracing the community and helping to grow soccer in the Storm Lake area."
A native of Elkins, W.V., McArthur attended Davis and Elkins and was a four-year starter while also obtaining a B.A degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Marketing. He was second on the team in scoring twice, and as a senior he was a key component to a squad that finished 17-5 and was a top-25 team in Division II.
In addition to his collegiate playing days, he also spent time while at Davis and Elkins coaching youth soccer at the club level. After college, he then took on a position in Idaho, working with troubled youth at a residential treatment center. During that time, he also took on a position as an assistant soccer coach at Minico High School. In just his first season there, the team posted its best single-season record.
He takes over a Beaver team looking to make it back into the Iowa Conference Tournament for the first time since 2006, but is highly embracing the challenge.
"First off the team needs to put in the work in the classroom towards earning a degree; I want all my players to graduate," he adds. "A few goals that I want the team to work towards are to always play hard and have a competitive drive. I want the players to buy into my style and embrace the changes to lay the foundation down for the bright future of the Buena Vista University men's soccer program."
McArthur holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National "D" License as well as multiple NSCAA diplomas, including the National Diploma.
He and his wife, Janelle, have three boys, Bendigo, Mateo and Jahzio.
McArthur begins his duties officially on August 1.