Oliver Slawson
Oliver Slawson
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: 419-289-5466
Email: oslawson@ashland.edu
Year: Fourth in 2019-20
Previous College: Leeds Carnegie Metropolitan University '03
  • In 2018, led the Eagles to their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title since the program's return.
  • Was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Akron for 10 seasons, winning a national title in 2010.

Oliver Slawson begins his fourth season as head coach of the Ashland University men's soccer team, and does so on the heels of an impressive second-half rally in 2018.

In 2018, the Eagles finished 8-10-3 overall and 4-6-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, but that is just part of the story of the season. After starting 2-8-1, AU finished 6-2-2, a stretch which included a GLIAC Tournament championship, and a spot in the NCAA Division II postseason.

The 2017 season saw the Eagles go 7-9-1, including a 3-0 start. In 2016, in the program's return to the field following a three-year absence, Slawson guided Ashland to a 6-11-1 record. That was punctuated by season-ending back-to-back home wins over Findlay and eventually NCAA postseason qualifier Tiffin.

Slawson spent the previous decade on the coaching staff at NCAA Division I Akron, and served as a full-time assistant for the last six seasons. Current Major League Soccer and USA National Team players Will Trapp, Perry Kitchen, Teal Bunbury and Darlington Nagbe all have been a part of the successful Akron program with Slawson on the coaching staff, along with 2014 FIFA World Cup star DeAndre Yedlin.

Akron made nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances with Slawson on staff, including a national title in 2010 and a national runner-up finish in 2009, and won 10 straight Mid-American Conference championships. Over the last eight years, the Zips have won more games, have the highest winning percentage and produced more professional players than any other Division I program.

Prior to his time at Akron, Slawson spent two seasons (2003-04) at Kenyon College as an assistant. He also has coached summer clinics in Ohio and with Great Britain Buckeye Soccer, as well as in southern Maryland and in France.

Slawson also has served as a staff coach with the Under-18 and current Under-14 US Soccer Development Academy's Cleveland Internationals club team for the past five years.

Slawson originally is from Manchester, England, and earned his Master of Science in Education at Akron in 2006. He graduated from Leeds Carnegie Metropolitan University in Leeds, England, with a degree in Business and Management, in 2003.

At Leeds, Slawson was a four-year member of the soccer team which won the Northern Universities League title three times and the Northern Universities Cup twice. Prior to that, he was selected for the Lancashire County Football Association U-19's and represented Oldham Athletic Football Club of the English Football League at academy level.

Slawson is married to wife Michelle, who played soccer collegiately at Heidelberg. He has a stepson, Parker, who graduated from Heidelberg, and a son, Carson, who turns 4 in August of 2019.


Oliver Slawson's Coaching Record

Year Record Pct.
2018 8-10-3 .452
2017 7-9-1 .441
2016 6-11-1 .361
TOTAL 21-30-5 .420