MADISON, Wis. - After announcing that Derek Helmer would transition from the men's soccer program to the women's soccer program, Edgewood College had an opening for a men's soccer head coach. The Eagles found the right person for the job, naming Romaric Setodji as head men's soccer coach.
"With Coach Helmer moving to the women's program, it was critical that we found the perfect person to continue to build on the growth of our men's program. Over the last few months, Romaric Setodji became the clear candidate," said Edgewood Director of Athletics Al Brisack. "His passion for our mission, desire to continue the development of our current soccer players and excitement to continue the journey Coach Helmer has taken the men's program on, all stood out. In addition, Romaric will bring a different lens to our Department with his administrative experiences in athletics and student life. Many young men will grow through the mentorship of Romaric! The future is bright for Eagle soccer!"
Setodji comes to Edgewood College from the University of Valley Forge where he has served the past three seasons as the head women's soccer coach. He took over a program that won zero games prior to his arrival and increased the team's wins in each of his seasons at the helm. Last season, Valley Forge won a program-record nine games under Setodji's leadership.
"I would like to thank Al Brisack and the search committee for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead this program," said Setodji. "It is an honor and pleasure to lead this team into the future and build upon the foundation we have put in place."
Setodji mentored several players who received awards during his tenure at Valley Forge, including one NCCAA All-American. In addition, he coached 18 ACAA All-Region Players, and three NCCAA All-Region players, in addition to one ACAA Freshmen of the Year.
While at Valley Forge, Setodji also served as an Assistant Athletic Director, as well as a Campus Director. He also served as an adjunct professor in health and physical education classes.
Setodji has been coaching soccer since 2011, which began with a four-year stint as an Assistant Coach at Geneva College. He also spent one season as the Head Boys Soccer Coach at Wildefield High School in Colorado Springs.
Setodji has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Geneva College and also holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Health and Physical Activity from the University of Pittsburgh.
EDGEWOOD - Romaric Setodji named head men's soccer coach.