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.