A two-time Mid-South Conference Coach of Character recipient, the 2015 season will mark the 17th overall year as head coach of the men’s soccer team at Shawnee State for Ron Goodson. He became a head coach in 1996, after being an assistant coach the previous two years. After one year at Shawnee State, he accepted a teaching position at Clay Local Schools and coached soccer at the high school level for three years. Following three years at the high school level he returned to Shawnee State in February of 2000 and has been the men's soccer coach since.
During his career, Goodson has coached 53 all-conference players, including a record seven different individuals to All-MSC accolades following the 2010 season. In all, 33 student-athletes have earned scholar-athlete honors at the conference level while 20 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes during his watch. Goodson’s squad saw a program-record eight different individuals named to the Mid-South Conference All-Academic Team in 2013, a number that was matched again in the following year. As a whole, the men's soccer has had at least one NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the past eight years.
In the 2014 campaign, the Bears nearly pulled off an improbable victory by taking No. 1-ranked Lindsey Wilson to the wire for 110 minutes as the Bears gave the home crowd a treat in battling the Blue Raiders to a 0-0 tie. Additionally, Shawnee State came back from a 2-0 deficit against Bluefield to win 3-2 in double overtime on a Martyn Sayer penalty kick. Overall, three players were named with All-MSC honors at the end of the season, with Joseph Webster becoming the first player since the 2011 season to earn First-Team All-MSC honors.
Coach Goodson played soccer for the University of Rio Grande for the 1987 and 1988 seasons where he scored 28 goals and was named to the All-Conference team and was named team MVP. After two years at Rio Grande, Goodson joined the U.S. Army where he played soccer for an Army team in Germany from 1989-91. He then returned to Shawnee State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and Elementary Education. As a player on the Shawnee State team, Goodson was a team captain and scored 16 goals over two years which gave him 44 goals for his college career.
As a player at Minford High School, Goodson scored 47 goals as a senior and tallied 117 career goals, both still records among Scioto County High Schools.
Coach Goodson has taught at Clay Local Schools for the past 17 years.
He resides in Flatwoods, Kentucky with his wife Anita. He has two sons, Brandon and Justin, and a daughter, Brooke. He also has four grandchildren.
Mark Trapp has been involved with Shawnee State men’s soccer since its earliest days as he was an assistant coach for the team during its inaugural pair of seasons. He returned to the sidelines at Shawnee State in July of 2003. During his absence from SSU, Coach Trapp coached high school soccer at Clay High School and became the school's all-time wins leader in the coaching ranks. He was voted SOC Coach of the Year twice, Southeast District Coach of the Year and State Runner-Up Coach of the Year. He currently holds the NSCAA Goalkeeper State and Regional Diplomas.
One of the most recent examples of Coach Trapp’s contributions to the Shawnee State goalkeepers has been 2013 senior Thomas Carbonari. Carbonari, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, broke the school’s single season record for goals against average in 2012 and graduates as the program’s career record holder in goals against average. Before Carbonari, Trapp helped mentor goalie Kevin Fischer to first-team All-MSC honors.
In 2014, Trapp continued to show his excellent work with goalkeepers at SSU as Brandon Pfeiffer stepped right into the spot vacated by Carbonari and obtained Second-Team All-MSC honors under Trapp's direction by recording a 1.87 goals-against-average, 54 saves, and a .711 save percentage in his freshman season.
Coach Trapp is also the director of the Shawnee Soccer Academy.
He resides in Portsmouth, Ohio, with his wife Erin, son Kyle and daughter Brianna. Kyle was a member of the Shawnee State men’s soccer team from 2011-13.