Sean Teepen recantly wrapped up 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 at the time of his hiring. “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.”
BGSU closed the 2018 season with an overall record of 6-7-4, and the Falcons posted a 2-1-2 mark in MAC play. BG, picked to place fifth in the six-team conference, finished second and earned a first-round bye for the league tourney. The '18 campaign marked BGSU's second second-place finish in the last three seasons.
BG went 5-1-2 over the final eight contests of the 2018 regular season, including a six-match unbeaten streak, the program's longest since 1997.
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 in 2017. The Beavers posted four wins over ranked opponents that season.
“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.