Dean Koski- Camp Founder & Director - Lehigh University Ingrassia Family Men's Head Soccer Coach
As the founder of Lehigh Soccer Academy over 30 years ago, Dean Koski has been dedicated to the grow of soccer in the Lehigh Valley. His commitment to LSA has lead the camp to becoming one of the largest and best rated summer camp in the Valley. During his time as camp director, Coach Koski has provided the platform for many LSA campers to go onto successful club, high school, and collegiate careers.
The epitome of consistent success in the sport, Koski enters his 32nd season as The Ingrassia Family Men's Head Soccer Coach at Lehigh University in 2023.
Since taking over the program in 1991, Koski, the 15th coach in school history, has guided the Mountain Hawks to three Patriot League Tournament championships (2000, 2015, 2019), a pair of Patriot League regular season championships (2006, 2019) and five NCAA tournament appearances. He has helped develop five All-Americans, 23 First Team All-Region selections, 51 First Team All-Patriot League selections and 48 second team honorees. In addition, five players, Andrew Mittendorf, Kevin Jackson, Adam Williamson, Adam Welch and most recently, Mark Forrest have been drafted by MLS franchises.
Koski closed out the 2021 season with a career record of 253-222-69, by far the most wins of any coach in program history. Koski earned his 250th career victory with a 2-0 final over archrival Lafayette October 16, 2022.
Koski led the 2019 Mountain Hawks to their third Patriot League Championship in program history and the team's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, Koski led Lehigh to just it's second-ever regular season crown and No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Mountain Hawks closed out the 2019 campaign with a 13-5-3 overall record, an unbeaten 6-0-3 record in the Patriot League and an undefeated home record of 7-0-3 at the Ulrich Sports Complex. It was the fifth time in program history that a Lehigh team achieved 13 or more victories in a single season. Six Mountain Hawks received All-Patriot League honors with a program-record four student-athletes landing on the First Team. In addition to the All-League honors, sophomore Josh Luchini was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and senior Will Smith was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year. Luchini, Stevo Bednarsky and Trevor Koski were All-Atlantic Region selections, while Smith and Luchini were All-ECAC honorees for the 2019 season. Luchini was also named a United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Third Team All-American. For his historic season, Koski was named Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2019 for a league-tying record fourth time.
Koski guided the 2015 Mountain Hawks to the program’s second-ever Patriot League Championship and the team’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Mountain Hawks finished the 2015 season 13-6-3 overall, marking one of four times in program history that Lehigh has secured 13 or more wins in a season. Koski secured the 200th win of his career on Oct. 17, 2015 in a 1-0 victory over Loyola. Lehigh sat atop the Northeast regional rankings in the final regular season NSCAA poll. Four Mountain Hawks garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while three earned All-Region honors. Jamie Luchini became the first-ever Lehigh men’s soccer player to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and NSCAA Scholar-All-American, while 14 student-athletes earned spots on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Luchini was also invited to the MLS Player Combine and later signed a professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC.
The 2014 season was a strong turnaround season for the Mountain Hawks as Lehigh captured its first ten-win season since 2006. Koski guided the Mountain Hawks to the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and mentored five All-Patriot League selections and a NSCAA All-Region pick. Lehigh finished the season 109 points higher in the NCAA RPI than the prior season as the Mountain Hawks completed the second-best turnaround in Division I. The Mountain Hawks earned their fifth-straight NSCAA Academic Award and ten student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
The Mountain Hawks earned their fourth-straight NSCAA Academic Award in 2013, while sophomore Jamie Luchini earned a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team. In addition, 11 Mountain Hawks were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
In 2012, Koski guided the Mountain Hawks through a rough early-season stretch. Lehigh finished strong, with three wins and a draw in its final six matches as the Mountain Hawks remained in contention for a spot in the Patriot League Tournament until the very end. During that stretch, the Mountain Hawks lost a tightly-contested 2-1 decision at a top-ranked Maryland team that went on to the Final Four. Sophomore back Ali Famili earned first team All-Patriot League honors, The Mountain Hawks earned their third consecutive NSCAA Academic Award, while 12 student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
The 2011 season saw Lehigh boast one of the nation’s stingiest defenses. The Mountain Hawks ranked in the top five nationally in save percentage (2nd – 0.900), goals-against average (3rd – 0.41) and shutout percentage (3rd – 0.61), while allowing just eight goals and posting 11 shutouts in 18 matches. Lehigh qualified for the Patriot League tournament for the third straight season, with a 4-2-1 league mark, but the Mountain Hawks were denied a spot in the league final after losing their semifinal contest on penalty kicks after a scoreless draw to finish the year at 8-4-6 overall. Unsurprisingly, Lehigh received postseason recognition for its superb defensive campaign. Kevin Strunk captured his second straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named a first team NSCAA All-Region selection as well as a first team ECAC All-Star. Sophomore Ciaran Nugent was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year in his first season as a starter and also earned All-Region accolades. Nugent finished the year ranked third nationally in both goals-against average and save percentage. Senior Neal Melchionni also garnered NSCAA All-Region and first team All-Patriot League honors, while senior Joe Puleo and junior Cam Omsberg garnered second team honors. The men's soccer team was honored for its work in the classroom, earning the NSCAA Academic Award for the second straight year. The award is presented to college soccer squads posting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
In 2010, Koski led Lehigh to its second-straight Patriot League semifinal appearance and second-straight second place regular season finish. Also for back-to-back years, the Mountain Hawks had a player with the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors as junior Kevin Strunk won the award. In addition, Koski's team garnered numerous awards for on and off the field performance. Sophomore Austin Decker and senior James Graf were named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.Senior goalkeeper Jonathan Nydell was named to the first ever Patriot League All-Academic Team. The team also placed a pair of student-athletes on the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region team as Strunk and Graf both earned spots.
In 2009, Koski led the Mountain Hawks back to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2006. Adam Welch became the first member of the Brown and White since John O’Reilly (2006) to win Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors. In addition, Koski had three players receive regional honors. Welch and classmate Adam Gazda were named 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, while Jesse Schram earned Scholar All-East Region second team honors.
Koski won the 150th game of his career during the 2008 season as Lehigh downed the nationally ranked Penn Quakers 2-1 on October 7.
In 2006, Koski guided the Mountain Hawks to their most successful season since 1998 as Lehigh won a record 15 games and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2006 team rolled through league play undefeated and became the first team to go through the Patriot League schedule without a loss or a tie. Midway through the season, Lehigh broke into the national polls and was ranked as high as No. 13 - the highest ever for the program. The Mountain Hawks made it to the NCAA Tournament for the third time and, as the No. 16 seed, earned a first round bye. Lehigh hosted the University of Rhode Island in the second round of the Tournament and defeated the Rams 5-4 in a shootout in order to advance to the third round, where Koski’s team would face top-seeded Duke at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. As a result of the 2006 season, Koski earned Patriot League Coach of the Year honors for a third time and was selected as the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the second time.
In 2003, Koski passed yet another milestone, as he recorded career victory No. 100 versus Navy on November 8. Koski became the first coach in Lehigh history to win 100 games, and has the most wins in school history with 152. Koski led Lehigh to 12-consecutive winning seasons from 1996-2007, which is both a Patriot League and school record. By finishing 7-7-3 last season, Koski ensured his streak of not suffering a losing season since 1995.
Under Koski’s direction in 2002, Lehigh climbed as high as No. 14 in the Division I polls and was also ranked atop the Mid-Atlantic Region’s rankings for much of the season. The Mountain Hawks earned the school’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, and hosted Northeastern in the first round. For his efforts, Koski was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second time.
Koski, who holds the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the England FA Preliminary and International Diplomas, serves as a staff coach for both the USSF and NSCAA coaching schools. The 2000 NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year, Koski also sits on the NCAA Division I Regional Advisory Committee and has chaired the Patriot League soccer coaches committee. He has been a featured clinician for the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars and the North Jersey Imperials.
"Coaching soccer is a passion for me," Koski says when asked why he decided to pursue the profession. "My degree is in education and I yearn to teach. The relationships I have been able to forge with my players is especially rewarding. To be a part of their lives and watch them develop from boys to men is a privilege."
Koski’s love of soccer can be traced back to his collegiate days where he played at West Chester University, which was a Division I program at that time. An Honorable Mention All-American, Koski was one of the top goal scorers in the East Coast Conference and served as the team captain. During his sophomore year, Koski helped lead the Rams to an ECC Championship with a win over American University. Koski continued to play 20 years of amateur soccer in Southern New Jersey and Bethlehem. He just recently retired from the Sunburst Soccer Club, one of the top men’s amateur teams in the country.
Koski says that he recruits players that exhibit the same type of characteristics that he displayed during his career.
"I want a Lehigh soccer player to be passionate, fiercely competitive and committed to being the best player, best student and best person that he can be."
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Koski taught in grades kindergarten through 12, has coached soccer, basketball and baseball and served as director of athletics at Moorestown (New Jersey) Friends School for seven years. It is this vast range of experience that has led Koski to his well-rounded approach at Lehigh.
"We now have a program at Lehigh that places a great value on relationships, commitment, family and competition," Koski says. "I think the involvement in the game of soccer is just one part of the overall experience that a student-athlete gets when he enrolls at Lehigh. We have players that love to play and come here wanting to play."
Since arriving at Lehigh, Koski has signed team contracts with Nike and has established one of the most successful soccer camps regionally, drawing over 700 campers each summer.
Koski has a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in health and physical education and a master’s degree in special education from Bloomsburg University. Koski and his wife Lisa, a teacher at Clearview Elementary School, reside in Bethlehem with their four sons, Alec, Trevor, Spencer, and Blake.
Ryan Hess- Camp Associate Director - Lehigh University Men's Soccer Associate Head Coach
Ryan Hess has been an integral part of LSA since coming to the Lehigh Valley almost 15 years ago. Hess has used his connections to bring in some of the best club, high school, and collegiate players to staff each camp. His commitment to the growth of the game has helped grow LSA since his arrival.
Hess enters his 13th season on the Lehigh men’s soccer coaching staff and eighth season as Associate Head Coach in 2023.
Hess helped guide the 2019 Mountain Hawks to their third Patriot League Championship in program history and the team's fifth NCAA Tournament appearance. In addition, Hess assisted Lehigh to just its second-ever regular season crown and No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. The Mountain Hawks closed out the 2019 campaign with a 13-5-3 overall record, an unbeaten 6-0-3 record in the Patriot League and an undefeated home record of 7-0-3 at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
With Hess' guidance, Lehigh won its second-ever Patriot League Championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Hess has mentored two All-American selections, 13 All-Region honorees, three Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year award winners, a Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honoree, 32 All-Patriot League selections and six Academic All-Patriot League members in his tenure on Lehigh’s staff.
Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Hess came to Lehigh from nearby Moravian College where he enjoyed a standout playing and coaching career, with a coaching stint at Muhlenberg sandwiched in between. He is also a captain for local FC Sonic, a team which features a number of Mountain Hawks’ players.
During his playing career, Hess was a four-year starter, three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Moravian under current Lehigh women’s soccer coach Eric Lambinus. Hess’ success was highlighted by his senior season when he was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference.
Hess’ playing experience includes time with a pair of local amateur teams the past four seasons: Pennsylvania Stoners and FC Sonic. He won a national championship with the Stoners while playing with various Lehigh players for the Sonic, including Ali Famili and recent graduates Jordie Ciuffetelli, Daniel Odenwelder and Joe Puleo.
Also owning extensive coaching experience, Hess served as assistant coach at Muhlenberg College in the fall of 2009 before heading back to Moravian in 2010 to join its staff. He also owns experience coaching in Lehigh’s summer camp and with club FC Lehigh.
Hess graduated from Moravian in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology.
"Lehigh is a first-class organization," said Hess. "Not just from the product on the field, but also from the coaching staff down to the entire athletic department, the facilities and the equipment. You can tell just from the fact that they take it so seriously from all those levels. I’m thrilled to be part of the organization."
Garrett Kull- Camp Coordinator - Lehigh University Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Garrett Kull (pronounced 'COOL') is in his second year with LSA. Kull is key in handling the logistics and advertising. He oversees the staff during each camp and handles communication.
Kull enters his second season as assistant men’s soccer coach at Lehigh in 2023.
He joins head coach Dean Koski's staff, along with associate head coach Ryan Hess and volunteer assistant Brendan McIntyre.
Kull comes to Bethlehem from the South Dakota School of Mines (NCAA DII) in Rapid City, S.D. where he served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In his two seasons with the Hardrockers, the program had one of its best starts in program history including scoring the most goals in the first three games. He oversaw two Second Team All-RMAC selections, one All-RMAC honorable mention and coached the second leading goalkeeper in saves nationally. As a recruiting coordinator, Kull signed diverse classes that featured 11 recruits from nine different states and one international in 2021, with four signed from four states before departing. Kull was also an asset in the department, assisting the sports information office. In the community, he worked at the club level for the Black Hills Rapids as a goalkeeper coach and head coach.
Prior to his time in Rapid City, Kull served as the assistant men’s soccer coach and a reserves coach for Schreiner University (NCAA DIII) in Kerrville, Texas for two seasons. He made his impact coaching goalkeepers with two keepers finishing third in saves per game and in the top five for total saves in conference, as well as two All-Conference honorable mentions. The staff oversaw a roster overhaul bringing in over 20 recruits in his time with the program. He also helped grow the team’s popularity in the area as the Mountaineers finished third in the conference for attendance both years.
While in Texas, he also led the Our Lady of the Hills boys’ varsity soccer team which saw a new chapter of the program that featured the largest roster in program history. The Hawks saw immediate success as the team made its first state playoffs in two years and hosted its first playoff game in four years. The Hawks were able to follow up the next year with another playoff berth before Kull stepped down. In total he coached three All-State honorable mentions, ten total All-District honors, and one collegiate signee. He also volunteered his time with the local soccer club AYSO Hill Country United.
Kull began his coaching career while still competing collegiately as the boys’ varsity assistant coach at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Ala. Over three seasons, the Wildcats won an area championship, never missed a state playoff, saw 10 all-metro awardees and a player named to the state all-star game. He developed the role of the boys’ goalkeeper director and also served as a volunteer in both the weight room and football teams.
Collegiately, Kull represented the Huntingdon College Hawks for four seasons as both a goalkeeper and field player spending part of his junior year as a student-manager coaching goalkeepers. He graduated with a degree in Sports Management. He also coached at the club level for the Capital City Streaks and volunteered with F.C. Torjager.
“It’s an absolute honor to be able to represent Lehigh,” said Kull. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Koski and Coach Hess in such a great academic and athletic environment. I hope I can continue the tradition of excellence in serving both our current and incoming student-athletes, alumni, fans, and department.”
Prior to his collegiate career, Kull played for Prattville High School in Prattville, Ala. where he earned All-Metro honors as a senior. He currently holds a U.S. Soccer D-License, numerous diplomas in special categories from the United Soccer Coaches, and is currently pursuing a master’s from Liberty University in Sports Management.
Lisa Koski - Camp Coordinator
Lisa Koski has been a key component of LSA since its inception. She handles logistics, assists with registration, and is the parent liaison. She oversees each camp and helps manage the Tikes n' Spikes. Lisa has been a devoted member of the Lehigh Valley soccer community and teaches in the Bethlehem area schools. Her four sons: Alec, Trevor, Spencer, and now Blake have all represented the Lehigh University Men's Soccer program in some capacity.
Michael "Oakie" O'Connell - Tikes n' Spikes Director
Coach Oakie has been a stable of LSA for over 25 years. In his current role he serves as the Tikes n' Spikes Director teaching the game to our youngest campers. Oakie spent over 15 years as the Lehigh Men's Assistant Soccer Coach after a four year playing career, has taught at Nitschmann Middle School, and a been high school and club head soccer.