Following a national search, Bethany College Director of Athletics Brian Rose has announced the hiring of former Lock Haven University assistant coach Jon Arlet as the new head coach of the Bison women’s soccer program.
“Jon’s diversified background made him a great choice to take the reins of our women’s soccer program,” said Rose. “Between playing at Wheeling Jesuit and his semester as a volunteer for Bethany’s men’s program, he’s familiar with the area. His time at Denison, one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the country, as well as tenures at Clarion and Lock Haven strengthened his contacts, so he has a vast recruiting network not only domestically, but also internationally.
“His ability to teach the game was also evident during his campus visit and we believe he will develop our players quickly through the season and their careers. He has a strong plan on how to build the program and we believe he will be able to make Bethany very competitive in the PAC.”
Arlet comes to Bethany after serving two seasons as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Lock Haven University, a Division II member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). During his time with the Bald Eagles, Arlet assisted in all facets of the program, including the organization of training sessions and player development, as well as serving in all facets of recruitment.
Seeing the ability to get the most out of his players in the classroom, Arlet helped guide the Bald Eagles’ women’s soccer team to a NSCAA Team Academic Award, given to programs which achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
Prior to his time with Lock Haven, Arlet served one season as a volunteer with the Bison men’s soccer program under current head coach Sean Regan. During that season, the Green & White posted seven wins and saw senior Arkangelo James named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
That season, Coach Arlet helped James total a conference-best 44 points, scoring 18 goals while adding eight assists. The 37 total scored by the Green & White that season remain the most by the program since the 2010 campaign.
Along with his first stint with the Bison, Arlet spent two seasons as a women’s assistant at Denison University under head coach Gail Murphy, helping guide the Big Red to the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship in 2012. That season, Denison defeated The College of Wooster, 1-0, in the conference semis, before falling 1-0 to DePauw in the Championship match.
Defensively in 2012, Arlet helped the Big Red rank third in the conference in goals allowed, surrendering just 20 in 19 total games. Denison ranked third in the conference in goals against per game (1.02), totaling six shutouts, including the 1-0 victory against Wooster in the NCAC semis.
In Arlet’s two seasons with Denison, he saw a total of ten players earn All-NCAC selections, including five first-team honorees, one second-team selection and four honorable mention picks. Along with the all-conference selections, freshman Andrea Witte was named the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year.
Throughout his two seasons with the Big Red, a defensive-minded mentality is what Coach Arlet helped instill in his players. Over the span of 37 games, Denison allowed just 30 goals. He now hopes to bring that same philosophy to the Bison.
Arlet graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2009, where he was a four-year player for the Cardinals, earning Academic All-Region honors in 2007. He then earned a master’s degree from Clarion University in 2011, which came at the end of a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the women’s soccer program.
Assistant Coach Alisha Pugh
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Assistant Coach Alisha Pugh joins the Bethany College coaching staff for her first season in 2015. She will serve as the head assistant under head coach Peter Parikakis.
Pugh comes to Bethany after playing three seasons at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. During her time with the Pioneers, Pugh was a two-year starter and was named a Second-Team South-Atlantic Conference selection during her tenure. In three-seasons the Pioneers posted 32 wins, including a high-water mark of 12-3-3 in 2012. That season, Pugh tallied four goals, five assists and 13 points, earning the team’s Playmaker of the Year award as well as Second-Team All-SAC honors in the process.
In 2013, Pugh was selected as the team’s MVP. During that year, her defensive presence helped the Pioneers rank second in the South Atlantic Conference in goals against average (0.92). As a team, Tusculum allowed just 19 goals on the year.
Along with her time as a player, Pugh got her feet wet in the coaching realm helping with various soccer camps. She served as coach for a variety of age groups while planning and implementing numerous sessions. Pugh graduated from Tusculum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
A native of Sandy, Bedfordshire, England, Pugh will be enrolled in Bethany’s Master of Art in Teaching program.
(Updated April 1, 2016)