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March 18, 2009

Nick Theslof (at left) and Jay Martin (second from right) on the Ohio Wesleyan sidelines during a 1998 game.
Photo courtesy of Office of University Communications

From Delaware to Deutschland
Men’s soccer coach visits professional team in Munich

Over spring break, Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer coach Jay Martin traveled to Munich, Germany.

Martin lived in Munich for several years. He played club soccer and professional basketball and was the director of sport at the YMCA. He says that while he enjoyed seeing old friends and revisiting “the old stomping grounds,” the main reason for his trip was to spend a week with the FC Bayern professional soccer club.

One of FC Bayern’s assistant coaches, Nick Theslof, helped Martin coach at OWU from 1998-2000. Martin visited with Theslof and other members of the coaching and training staff during his visit.

“It reenergized and reinvigorated me for coaching,” says Martin, who has coached at OWU for 31 years.

Martin observed training sessions and games and learned strategies that he plans to use on the field at OWU. He also learned team management and organization strategies, as well as some coaching philosophies.

FC Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann recently renovated the team’s facilities to improve the environment for his players. Martin says that facilities are important in making the players feel comfortable, and that he is glad OWU’s soccer facilities are so accommodating.

“I want our guys to look forward every day to going up to Roy Rike,” he says.

Martin sees some similarities between FC Bayern and OWU, even though the teams are at different levels of competition. “Both teams win a lot,” he says. “People want to beat us.”

– Michelle Rotuno-Johnson ’12