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Craig Departs Corvallis for Head Coaching Position at UNLV

Jan 7, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State men's soccer associate head coach BJ Craig has stepped down from his position to become the head coach of the UNLV men's soccer program in Las Vegas, Nev. 
 
"Oregon State is a special place and I was fortunate to work with great people," Craig said. "From Scott Barnes, Kimya Massey and all the support staff who give so much to support our program, to being blessed to be a part of one of the best staffs in the country led by Terry Boss, I can't say thank you enough. I appreciate having the opportunity to be a part of the Beaver family and working every day with amazing student-athletes who inspired others. I wish Terry and the program the very best of luck in the future and I know they will do great."
 
"BJ is an exceptional leader and will leave a lasting legacy here at Oregon State," said head coach Terry Boss. "He has had a tremendous impact on our program and has made us all better. I'm incredibly thankful for our time together and I'm excited to watch him succeed at UNLV."  
 
Craig has served as Oregon State's associate head coach for four seasons, helping guide the Beavers to three NCAA Tournament appearances. This fall, the Beavers went 14-2-4 (7-1-2 Pac-12), nabbed their first No. 1 United Soccer Coaches national ranking, and clinched the program's first Pac-12 title. Making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament, OSU recorded its first appearances in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds. 
 
After their historic season, nine Beavers earned All-Pac-12 Accolades. Sofiane Djeffal, Tyrone Mondi, and Joran Gerbet also earned individual recognition from the conference and were named Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year, respectively. The Oregon State coaching staff was named Far West Regional Staff of the Year and four Beavers earned All-Far West Region nods from the United Soccer Coaches. Djeffal and Mondi earned All-America honors and Djeffal was recognized as a MAC Herrman Trophy semifinalist for his efforts on the pitch. 
 
During the 2020 season, which was played in the spring of 2021 due to the global COVID19 pandemic, the Beavers went 9-5, earning a spot in their fifth NCAA Tournament. Gloire Amanda was awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy as the best men's player in collegiate soccer. 
 
Craig helped the Beavers achieve an 11-6-3 record to advance to the program's fourth NCAA Tournament after joining the Oregon State staff in 2018. The Orange and Black marked its second NCAA Tournament win in program history, toppling SMU at Lorenz Field. OSU also finished second in the Pac-12 standings that season. 
 
Prior to his time at Oregon State, Craig spent 10 seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff, five of which as associate head coach. While with the Fighting Irish, the team went 122-55-35 and won the 2013 College Cup. Under his direction, Notre Dame produced 24 MLS Draft Picks, 10 All-Americans, and 40 all-conference honorees. Over the course of his career, Craig has also made stops at Louisville (2007), Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania) (2003-06), Dartmouth (1998-2003), and Gordon College (1995-96).