Matt Kagan: Head Coach
Matt Kagan, a veteran of nine NCAA Tournament teams, has been appointed the Oregon State University head women’s soccer coach, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Tuesday. His appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.
Kagan arrives on the Corvallis campus from Mississippi State University, where he has served as the Bulldogs’ associate head coach for two seasons.
“I want to thank Scott Barnes, Zack Lassiter (Deputy Athletic Director), and the search committee for entrusting me with this amazing opportunity to lead the Oregon State Women’s Soccer program,” Kagan said. “The people I met on my visit were extraordinary and are what makes Oregon State and Corvallis a very special place. I can’t wait to get started in the “Best College Town in the Pac-12.
The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament and were ranked in the top 25 for the first time in school history in 2018. In his first season at MSU, the team posted its best record in 16 years.
“We are very excited to welcome Coach Kagan to Beaver Nation” Barnes said. “What impressed the committee about Coach Kagan is his proven track record of success on and off the pitch, including consistently being a part of teams that have had academic and postseason success.
“What we heard from the soccer community was praise for Coach Kagan’s attributes in terms of energy, work ethic and his ability to relate to student-athletes.”
Of the nine NCAA Tournament appearance teams that he has been a member of the coaching staff, three have advanced to the “Sweet 16.” In addition, the United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) has recognized teams he has coached for academic achievement eight times.
“We will be relentless in recruiting exceptional people first and foremost,” Kagan said about his goals at Oregon State. “I want players who are intelligent, adaptable, athletic and hard working as we grow our culture of excellence on the field, off the field, and in the classroom. I am a firm believer that winning can look different from game-to-game, but we will be an urgent, hardworking, blue collar team that will make it extremely difficult on the opponent.”
Kagan began his professional career in 2004 at Assumption College in Massachusetts before taking of the reigns of Worcester State in from 2005-08.
He climbed to the NCAA Division I level for a three-year tenure at Evansville from 2008-10, and followed with two seasons at Miami (Fla.), Providence and Loyola Marymount. In addition, he has been involved internationally with the United State Soccer Federation Under 23 Women’s National Team.
“I want to thank coaches Tom Anagnost (Mississippi State), Michelle Myers (Loyola Marymount), and Krista McKendree (Evansville) for guiding me and helping to prepare me for this occasion,” Kagan added. “Finally, I want to thank my wife Jessica for being so supportive throughout this whole process. I cannot wait to get to Corvallis and begin working to bring OSU women’s soccer back to national prominence! Go Beavs!”
Kagan was an accomplished soccer student-athlete at Southern New Hampshire University from 1999-2002. He helped the program to three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including the national championships final in 2002. He possesses both a bachelor’s degree (sports management) and master’s degree (business administration) from Southern New Hampshire.
"I want to commend committee chair Deputy Athletic Director/SWA Marianne Vydra, Deputy Athletic Director Zack Lassiter and the entire committee for identifying an excellent pool of candidates,” Barnes concluded.
Nick Stirrett: Associate Head Coach
Nick Stirrett joined the Oregon State staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2019 season and was promoted to associate head coach in the spring of 2020.
During his first year on the staff, Stirrett helped lead the Beavers to an 11-6-2 overall record. OSU posted seven shutouts on the season, including four consecutive shutouts for the first time in program history since 2007. OSU became the most improved team in NCAA Division I women’s soccer from 2018 to 2019 with a 10-game improvement based off the NCAA Formula to sit tied for 10th in All-Time Most Improved Won-Loss Record.
Under his guidance, sophomore Bridgette Skiba finished the season with six-solo shutouts to rank fourth in Oregon State’s Season Records and bring her career total to seven to rank seventh in Oregon State’s Career Records. Stirrett also coached Skiba to a .98 goals-against average in 2019 to sit fourth in the season records, a Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week honor on Nov. 12 and a TopDrawer Soccer Player of the Week honor on Oct. 8.
Stirrett also helped coach an offensive unit that saw an increase from six goals in 2018 to 31 in 2019 by doubling the amount of shots taken from the previous season. The Beavers’ attack also recorded 25 assists and 87 overall points, the highest output since 2011. With his guidance, Oregon State had the third-best RPI improvement from 2018 to 2019 in Division I jumping 164 spots (2018: 212; 2019: 48).
Before joining OSU, Stirrett spent three seasons on the staff at the University of Illinois, where he worked primarily with the team’s goalkeepers and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, Stirrett helped Clair Wheatley finish her career second in program history in career saves, and coached Jaelyn Cunningham to Second Team Big Ten honors at the goalkeeper position in 2018. Cunningham tallied 106 saves in the 2017 season, the third-best total in team history, and earned a spot at US U20 National Team Camp after the season.
The Illini went 11-7-1 in 2018, the team's highest win total since 2013. Illinois finished fifth in the Big Ten and made it to the second round of the conference tournament.
Prior to his time at Illinois, Stirrett spent the 2015 season with the Penn State Nittany Lions. Stirrett helped Penn State to its 17th Big Ten regular season title, sixth Big Ten Tournament title and its first-ever National Championship title during his lone campaign with the squad.
Stirrett spent two seasons as the head men's soccer coach at the University of Mount Union where he led the Purple Raiders to one of the most successful seasons in program history. His 2013 squad earned 12 wins on its way to a third-place finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference and an appearance in the OAC tournament semifinals.
Before heading to Mount Union, Stirrett held coaching positions at Northern Illinois, DePauw and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Stirrett graduated from Augustana College in 2006 with Bachelor's degrees in both English and History. Stirrett earned his Master's degree in English in 2008 from Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Kevin Legg: Assistant Coach
Oregon State head women's soccer coach Matt Kagan announced the addition of Kevin Legg to the staff in the spring of 2020.
Legg arrives at OSU after serving as the Director of Youth Programs for the Crossfire United FC in the Elite Clubs National League. He had a focus on the development of the U14 ECNL to U11 group. Prior to his work with Crossfire United, Legg played professionally in the USL A-League, Continental Indoor Soccer League and had stints with both the San Diego Flash and Portland Timbers in the National Professional Soccer League.
"I am extremely happy to add Kevin Legg to our Oregon State women's soccer family," said Kagan. "Kevin is widely regarded as one of the top club coaches in the nation as he has transformed the Crossfire United program into one of the top ECNL clubs in the country. Kevin has strong ties to Southern California as well and was an extremely high level player. Kevin cares deeply for his players as people which is one of our core values here at OSU and he is a great balance to both Nick and I. We feel Kevin makes us better in every way! We are excited to welcome Kevin, his wife Jenni, and his children Keanen, Coen, Chloey, Maden, and Hudson to the Best College Town in the Pac-12!"
Legg started coaching in 1994 and has worked with many athletes who have gone on to play in college and in the pro leagues. He worked with top clubs in Arsenal FC in Southern California where he ran the SoCal ECNL program that is recognized as the top league in all of ECNL. He also had a stretch working with Crossfire Premier in Seattle, which is the number two club in the ECNL.
"It is a great honor to be joining this staff that had great success in turning the program around in their first year," stated Legg. "It is a great working environment, and I am looking forward to bringing what I can to help the program continue to grow and be the best it can possibly be."
As a player, Legg played for the San Diego Sockers and Portland Pride in the CISL, where he scored 29 goals in his rookie season. He went on to play nine years in the indoor league. The San Diego spent time with both the San Diego Flash and Portland Timbers scoring 14 goals. In 2000, the LA Galaxy called up Legg to play in the CONCACAF Champions league, where the Galaxy went on to win the championship.
"The players have shown they have what it takes to compete in the Pac-12," continued Legg. "I am excited to be around these women and see how they compete every day to be the best they can be. I am excited to go on this journey with them and battle together."
Legg graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in communications and a minor in history. While at San Diego he helped lead the Toreros to the Division I NCAA Championship game finishing second in 1992.