Josh Murton was hired by Ohio Christian University in 2008. Since his arrival, OCU has won 10 or more games every year since and has taken the men to two national finals, most recently in 2014. The men also made it to the finals of the NCCAA in 2010, while also finishing in the final four in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The men have also won six regional titles, all since 2009 and all a first for men’s soccer at OCU. Each year the men have produced top rankings and winning records under Murton’s tutelage:
YEAR RECORD NATIONAL RANK
2008 10-6-1 n/a
2009 17-6-1 3rd
2010 14-9-0 2nd
2011 17-4-2 4th
2012 11-9-3 4th
2013 12-10-1 6th
2014 14-9-0 2nd
After seven years, Josh Murton is the career wins leader for men's soccer at OCU (95-52-8) and his teams have produced 11 NSCAA First Team All-Americans, 9 NCCAA Second Team All-Americans and 6 Mid-East Regional Players of the Year. He has also been named Mid-East Region Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Murton was also is the head coach for the OCU Women's soccer team which was started in 2009 in which he has led them team regional championships in 2013 and 2014. They have also finished in the top 10 three times, most recently in 2014 in which they finished 6th. He finished his tenure as the women’s head coach in 2014. He also is an Associate Professor in Sports Management for OCU.
Coach Murton also served in the NCCAA as Vice-National Chairman for Men’s Soccer in 2012-2014 but stepped down due to the University moving to the NAIA. He also served as Women’s soccer regional Chairman in 2009-2011.
Coach Murton has been active in the coaching ranks since 2002 coaching at the club, high school and college levels. Since 2009 he has coached at Ohio South State Olympic Development Program (ODP) for both girls and boys teams. He has led his club teams at Pride Soccer Club to the finals at the Creek Classic and Staburst Tournaments, while also focusing on excellence in integrity, academics and sportsmanship. His teams have been awarded the MOSSL Sportsmanship award, OSHAA Southeast Region All-Academic team (3 times) and the OSHAA Southeast Region Sportsmanship Awards.
A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, Murton graduated from the University of Cincinnati where he was part of the UC Football team as an Assistant Video Coordinator and recruiter. In 2002, he started coaching for Zane Trace High School and became the Business Teacher there in 2003. In 2005 he made a move to Teays Valley High School where he coached and taught for 3 years.
Coach Murton holds his USSF National D License and is currently finishing up work on his USSF C License.
Coach Murton and his wife Laura, reside in South Bloomfield, Ohio and have a son Jack, and daughters Emma and Olivia.
Brock Gill enters his second year at Ohio Christian University for the 2015 season.
In 2014, he helped lead the men to the NCCAA National Championship and their 6th Mid-East Regional title.
Coach Gill spent his collegiate career at WIlmington College where he played for Bud Lewis. In his three years at Wilmington, he started for the Quakers at full back. He played his freshman year at Asbury University.
His high school career was played at Greenview HS, where he helped lead the Rams to their only state title in 2005. As a Captain he was named to the 3rd team All-State.
His club career was played at Team Dayton where they were Ohio South State Cup semi-finalists in 2004 and 2005.
His coaching career before coming to OCU as an assistant coach at Wilmington HS (2009 and 2010).
"Brock is a great addition to our coaching staff. He gets a lot of repsect from our athletes and is a great student of the game. He brings energy to our program and is a valued part of our team." - Coach Murton
Brock resides in Lancaster with his wife Emily.
James McIlhargey enters his 9th year as an OCU assistant coach. This will be his fourth year as the goalkeeper coach in which he has guided goal keepers to national recognition in the NCCAA.
Coach McIlhargey is a graduate of OCU and played for the men's program in 1997-98. While playing he was awarded the Trailblazer Award, the athletic departments highest honor for OCU athletes for accomplishments on and off the field.
Coach "Mac" has his NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 and 2 license while also having his USSF D License. He also is a staff coach for Pride SC where he has been for the past 6 years. He has also coached for Ohio South's Olympic Development Program.
"James is a great asset to OCU and our staff. He has provided excellence for both them men's and the women's program over the years and were proud to have him here." - Coach Murton
He and his wife, Amy, live in Circleville, Ohio