Johan Cedergren named UK soccer coach

Dartmouth associate head coach Johan Cedergren has been named Kentucky's third-ever men's head soccer coach, athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced today.

"Johan is one of the top assistant coaches in the nation and is going to be a dynamic head coach for our men's soccer program," Barnhart said. "He is a tireless worker, has great tactical knowledge of the game and has a proven track record of success. We are so excited to welcome Johan, his wife Julia and family to the University of Kentucky." A native of Sölvesborg, Sweden, Cedergren comes to UK after spending five years with Dartmouth, leading the Big Green to the NCAA Tournament in each season, an impressive feat at an Ivy League program without athletic scholarships and significant academic requirements. A former standout player at the University of Cincinnati, Cedergren has helped pace Dartmouth to the Sweet 16 in two of the last five years, including two Ivy League Championships. "I am extremely grateful to Dr. Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and Kevin Saal for the opportunity to lead the men's soccer program," Cedergren said. "My family and I are delighted to be back in the Central Kentucky area. I have had five great seasons at Dartmouth and can't express enough of my appreciation to athletics director Harry Sheehy and my coach and mentor, Jeff Cook. "I join a University and athletics department that are known for excellence. Our soccer program will compete at the highest level and make this community proud. Conference USA is a great league and has done well nationally sending four teams to the NCAA Tournament in both 2010 and 2011. We can't wait to get started and are looking forward to becoming a part of the UK family."

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