CORVALLIS – Oregon State first-year head men's soccer coach Terry Bossannounced Monday the additions of Ryan Zinkhan and Clint Long as assistant coaches. The duo completes the coaching staff that also includes returning associate head coach Ben Stoddard.
Zinkhan arrives at OSU after serving the last year as an assistant women's soccer coach at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. In addition, he has held different roles
at the Fredericksburg Football Club in Virginia since January of 2015, including director of coaching for boys.
"Ryan is a natural leader," Boss said. "I had the privilege of coaching Ryan in 2014 at the University of Virginia. I watched him excel in the classroom and help lead the Cavaliers to their seventh national championship. Ryan's experience uniquely equips him to make an immediate impact in the lives of our student-athletes on and off the field."
Zinkhan is a 2014 graduate of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs with a minor in history. In addition to the 2014 national championship season, he helped UVA to the NCAA Final Four in 2013. He played in 78 career games for the Cavaliers.
Long spent the last year as an assistant coach at Otterbein University in Ohio and helped the Cardinals to a 19-3 record last season that included a 17-game winning streak. The team was among the top 25 nationally in Division II ranks the entire season, finishing No. 11, after capturing the league title and advancing to the NCAA "Sweet 16." Prior to Otterbein he served as an assistant coach for one season at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, UC Merced, and Cal State-Stanislaus (CSUS).
"Clint's passion for the game is contagious and his work ethic is second to none," Boss said. "He will quickly be known as one of the best goalkeeping coaches in the country. As a former student-athlete at Oregon State, he knows how special this program is and is excited to give back to a program that has given him so much."
Long was a goalkeeper at Oregon State before transferring to CSUS, where he was highly recognized with conference and national awards for his play. He later competed in the United State Soccer League and Premier Development League. He possesses a bachelor's degree in communications from CSUS and is currently working towards a master's degree in business administration at Otterbein.
"Both Ryan and Clint perfectly align with our program's foundational belief that character always comes first and we are thankful they are now a part of our Beaver Nation family," added Boss.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).