Ben Langwith, a soccer player at Sonoma State University from 2007-09, has continuously showed his love and support to the program throughout the years by coming back to help with the team each season since graduating.
Through his dedication and leadership for the program, he has recently been promoted to the assistant coach position under head coach Marcus Ziemer.
“Working with young people has to be my favorite part about coaching, all the energy it brings and different personality traits, everyone is so different and I love learning how to coach these unique men and I get to know them on a personal level,” said Langwith.“They are more important to me as a human first, soccer player second.”
Langwith replaced Shawn Percell as assistant coach, although Percell is still involved in SSU athletics in his new role as Business Operations Manager.
Langwith began playing collegiate soccer at the University of Kentucky where he had a great start to his career.
He played 16 of UK’s 19 games, starting six of them as a freshman for the NCAA Division I Wildcats in 2005.
Halfway through his career, he transferred to Sonoma State and scored nine goals in his first season, adding six assists in 47 career games for the Seawolves.
During his junior year in 2008, he was the fourth-leading scorer for the CCAA-champion Seawolves, netting five goals and tallying three assists.
For his senior year at SSU in 2009, Langwith scored four Goals, during two in the CCAA championship game against arch-rival Cal State Dominguez Hills.
“Not everyone gets to coach at there alma mater,” said Langwith. “I love Sonoma State and their coaching philosophy, their mentality is gritty, hard working, passionate and winning; but winning with style.”
Langwith is extremely excited for the upcoming 2015 season along with the rest of the coaching staff.
“I like to take one day at a time and if I can get everyone dialed in with a plan working for each other, with each other, then I expect nothing but great things to come this season,” said Langwith.
Langwith has made it clear through his dedication and great attitude that he will be an incredible addition to this coaching staff as an assistant.
This upcoming season, Langwith expects his players to be just as excited and ready to play as he is.
“Ben has been a fantastic addition to our program,” said senior Dylan Stafford. “He is inspiring with his coaching and is someone I really look up to.”