Rob Appell will enter his 10th season as the Shawnee State Women’s Soccer Head Coach in the fall of 2015. Appell was named head coach following the 2005 season after spending two seasons as an assistant to both the men and women's teams at Shawnee State. He is also the head coach of the women's tennis team at Shawnee State, making him the only coach in the Mid-South Conference to serve as head coach of two distinct varsity programs.
Prior to his taking over the head coaching duties, women’s soccer had never won more than seven games in a season.
Since being named the women's soccer head coach in 2006, Appell has won eight or more games in eight of his first nine seasons with the Bears. His career coaching record sits at 80-71-7 overall coming into the 2015 season, giving him the most total wins and highest winning percentage in program history.
In 2009, the Bears made the school's first ever post season appearance with a 7-5 conference record and an overall record of 11-6. They have since made the postseason in each successive season. Appell has coached 31 All-Conference selections, eight NAIA All-Region selections, two Mid-South Conference Champions of Character award winners, a dozen All-Ohio honorees, 19 Academic All-Ohio selections, 17 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 27 MSC Scholar-Athletes, seven American Mideast Conference Scholar-Athletes and the 2009 AMC Freshman of the Year. During the 2013 season, women’s soccer had a program-record eight different student-athletes named MSC Scholar-Athletes.
In January of 2013, women’s soccer received another first in program history as Sarah Koehler, who played her entire career with Appell as either an assistant or head coach, became the first women’s soccer player inducted into the Shawnee State Hall of Fame.
2014 saw more of the same success for the Bears as Appell put seven more players on the MSC Scholar-Athlete team and tied a school record by churning out three NAIA Scholar-Athletes, which was only matched by the 2006 squad. On the field, Shawnee State won 10 games, its highest total since 2009, with three individuals obtaining All-MSC honors, the most since the Bears’ inaugural season in the MSC (2010).
Prior to coaching, Appell played goalkeeper for the Bears from 2000-03. He accumulated a school record 459 saves over the course of his career. During the 2001 season, Appell made 209 saves in goal for the Bears. At the time, that mark ranked second in the NAIA for a single-season total. Today, it stands as the third-most saves in a single season in NAIA history. He also earned All-AMC recognition and was the Shawnee State University Branch Rickey student award recipient as a senior in 2003.
Appell, a native of Blacklick, Ohio, is a 2004 graduate of Shawnee State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management. In addition to coaching soccer, Appell also works in the sports studies department as an adjunct instructor.
Coach Appell currently resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.