Zach Mason recently completed his second season on the Bowling Green State University men’s soccer staff. Head coach Eric Nichols announced Mason's hiring in June of 2016.
Mason came to BGSU after a stellar four-year career, both on the pitch and in the classroom, at Ohio State.
“I am very excited to join the BGSU soccer program and thankful to Coach Nichols for the opportunity,” said Mason at the time of his hiring. “I have had the privilege of playing against BGSU over the past four seasons, and those were some of the toughest matches that I played in. I am looking forward to contributing to the program’s success.”
In his initial season with the Falcons, Mason helped guide the 2016 BGSU team to a second-place finish in the MAC regular-season standings, the program's highest finish since the 2002 campaign. BG was undefeated in conference play for the first time since 1996.
The Falcons were ranked among the Great Lakes Region top-10 teams in every week of the 2016 season, and finished the year ranked fifth in the region.
And, BGSU was just as successful in the classroom. Both Pat Flynn and Joe Sullivan were named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. BGSU was the only school with two first-team selections on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.
Mason, a two-time team captain at OSU, helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Conference title and an NCAA ‘Sweet Sixteen’ appearance as a senior in 2015. A defensive midfielder, he started all 82 of the team’s matches during his four years in Columbus, and earned Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors last season after being part of a Buckeye unit that earned a league-leading 10 clean sheets.
“Zach is intelligent, motivated, and has a great understanding of soccer and team dynamics,” said Nichols. “He has an impressive track record of success, but what attracts me to Zach above all else is his character. Everything about him fits our culture extremely well and he will undoubtedly help push this program to the next level.”
Mason, a native of Galena, Ohio, was the winner of the 2015 Senior CLASS Award® in NCAA Division I men’s soccer. The award, chosen by a vote of Division I men’s soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I men’s soccer.
Mason scored his first career goal on Senior Night against Michigan in front of a packed house at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, and that goal proved to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory over the Wolverines that clinched the Big Ten title.
In his junior season, Mason sent the Buckeyes to the NCAA’s second round by converting his penalty kick in the 15th round of an epic penalty shootout as OSU advanced past Akron in the first round. Mason played over 7,400 career minutes for the Buckeyes.
Mason earned three Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honors, and also picked up two Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards and one NSCAA All-East Scholar recognition. He was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner in 2014, and also participated in the 2015 Bucks Go Pro Summer Internship Program to further develop his professional leadership and career skills.
A graduate of Big Walnut High School, Mason led the Golden Eagles with 16 goals and 14 assists as a junior, and captained the first team in school history to post an undefeated regular season. He played club ball for the Columbus Crew Academy, and was named both the organization’s U-16 and U-18 Player of the Year during his tenure there.
Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in operations management at Ohio State in 2016.
Sean Teepen enters his first year on the Bowling Green State University men’s soccer staff. Head coach Eric Nichols announced Teepen's hiring on March 23, 2018.
Teepen, a native of Cincinnati, joined the Falcons after spending the 2017 season at Oregon State University.
“I’m very excited to be returning to my home state of Ohio and joining the BGSU men’s soccer program,” said Teepen. “Throughout this process I have heard nothing but great things about Eric, his staff, and the men’s soccer program here. After my conversations with Eric, as well as coming on campus, I knew that something special was happening here and it was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.
“I’d like to thank Coach (Steve) Simmons at Oregon State for the experience he gave me this past season, but I can’t wait to start this next chapter and I’m really looking forward to getting started at BGSU.”
Teepen works primarily with the goalkeepers at BGSU. Under his guidance, three different ‘keepers, including a pair of freshmen, had at least one shutout for Oregon State last fall. The Beavers posted four wins over ranked opponents in 2017.
“Sean came to BGSU highly recommended,” said Nichols. “He has worked with some very high-level people in college soccer, and each one of them sings his praise.
“Sean is driven, detail-oriented and organized. In addition, he possesses some unique skill sets on the field and off that separated him from a very solid pool of candidates. After our first conversation on the phone, I could sense that his values and ambitions line up very well with our mission here at BGSU. Once he got to campus we could tell that he was going to be a great fit.”
Teepen joined OSU in the spring of 2017 after spending the 2016 campaign at Coastal Carolina University, where he helped the Chanticleers to Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Under Teepen’s tutelage, CCU placed two players on the Sun Belt first team and four on the second team. Starting goalkeeper Braulio Linares-Ortiz led the conference in goals against average (0.74), save percentage (0.814) and shut outs (6), and earned three Defensive Player of the Week honors.
In addition to his duties with the team’s goalkeepers, Teepen produced all scouting video for the Chanticleers, and managed the player GPS and Heart Rate monitors.
Prior to joining the CCU staff, Teepen served as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach at the University of Charleston (W.Va.), his alma mater, from 2013-15. While on the staff there, he helped the Golden Eagles men’s soccer team win a combined five conference titles and earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking by the NSCAA.
In 2015, Teepen helped Charleston to a 20-3 overall record and a Mountain East Conference tournament championship. The 2014 squad went 22-1-1, was an NCAA Division II national runner-up, earned that NSCAA No. 1 national ranking and won the MEC tournament. In 2013, Teepen’s first year with the program, the Golden Eagles captured the MEC Tournament title.
During his three-year tenure at Charleston, Teepen coached five All-Americans, 10 All-Region and 18 All-Mountain East Conference selections.
His coaching experience also includes stints with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny (2016-2017), Coast FA (2016-2017), West Virginia Chaos (2014-15), University of Charleston women’s team (2013-15), West Virginia ODP (2015), Charleston FC (2014-15) and Walnut Hills High School (2014).
Teepen entered the coaching ranks following an accomplished pro and college playing career. Between 2009 and 2012, he played at the University of Charleston, where he was a four-time NSCAA All-Regional and three-time WVIAC All-Conference selection.
Teepen was a four-year starter in goal at Charleston, leading the Golden Eagles to three NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2009 and Sweet 16 in 2010.
Following his graduation from Charleston in 2013, Teepen signed a professional contract with the Dayton Dutch Lions of the USL Pro Division. Teepen’s playing experience also includes stints with the Michigan Bucks, West Virginia Chaos and Myrtle Beach Mutiny in the USL Premier Development League.
Teepen earned his bachelor’s degree in interior design from the University of Charleston in 2013 and his master’s degree, also from Charleston, in strategic leadership in 2015.