Education / Qualifications:
USSF and NSCAA Licensed Coach
College: BA, Elementary Education with Minor in Social Work; Elizabethtown College (2001)
& M.Ed., Counselor Education; Widener University (2003)
2016 marks Coach Oz’s 5th year at the helm of the Nor’easters and 11th year as the head men’s soccer coach at Rutgers University-Camden. Coach Oz has accumulated a record of 38-14-6 in his first four seasons. His 38 wins are the second most in club history and the most since the club began play in the PDL. Coach Oz has led the Nor’easters to two playoff appearances with a postseason record of 2-2. In 2013, he led the Nor’easters to their first ever appearance in the PDL national semifinals. He has led Nor’easters to their most wins in a 16 game season (13 wins, 2012) and most wins in a 14 game season (11 wins, 2013). Coach Oz lead the Nor’easters to back-to-back Mid-Atlantic Division titles and US Open Cup berths in 2012 and 2013, two US Open Cup victories in 2013, the PDL Eastern Conference Championship in 2013 and a PDL National Finals birth in 2013. With Oz at the helm, the Nor'easters have won two of their three USL PDL Mid-Atlantic division titles (2012, 2013). Their first title came in 2004. Coach Oz was a finalist for USL PDL Coach of the Year honors in 2012. Oz has coached teams to national Final Fours at the club, collegiate, and PDL levels.
While at Rutgers, Coach Oswald holds a career coaching record of 152-55-25. Oswald holds the school record for career wins, far surpassing the old record of 68.
Oswald's list of accolades is immense. He led Rutgers-Camden to the 2015 NJAC Tournament Championship over Montclair State. The game was won via penalty shootout after the game was still locked at 0-0 after the second overtime. He was named the D3soccer.com, Captain U, and NSCAA/FieldTurf Div. III National Coach of the Year, NSCAA South Atlantic Coach of the Year, and NJAC Coach of the Year, as well as Philly Soccer Page Coach of the Year in 2013. In 2013, his Rutgers-Camden Raptors three-peated as NJAC Champions and reached the NCAA Div. III National Championship for the second time in two years. Coach Oz has coached 8 Div. III NSCAA/D3soccer.com All-Americans and 16 NSCAA Regional All-Americans.
Coach Oz played midfield/forward at Elizabethtown College and earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team in 2000 and was nominated for MAC All-Century Team. Coach Oswald lives in West Deptford with his wife Denise and daughter Karley. He is a guidance counselor at Ridley (PA) Middle School.