On Thursday, November 5, Monroe High School’s Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Michael Oster informed his players that he will be stepping down from the position after 12 years at the helm.
After 17 seasons pacing the sidelines, including a previous stint leading Hamilton High School before assuming the top spot for the Hornets in 2009, Coach Oster leaves with an overall career record of 158-79-32 and a record of 146-43-31 leading the Hornets. In addition. Coach Oster guided the program to 4 Southwestern Buckeye League titles, 4 appearances in the OHSAA District Championship game and an appearance in the OHSAA Regional Tournament in 2019. Coach Oster has also earned many individual honors including being named Miami Valley South Coach of the Year in 6 of the last 8 seasons as well as SWBL Coach of the Year 3 times during that stretch.
Despite all of the on field success, Coach Oster cited his desire to devote more time to his family as the motivating factor behind his decision. He explained, “While I will forever be blessed to have been part of what, in my mind, is the greatest chapter in the pages of Monroe Boys Soccer history, I have to turn the page. I do this to focus on being a better husband and father to my beautiful wife and two amazing children. I have never been a married man and not spent an entire fall on the sidelines of a soccer field. And while coach of the year plaques are nice, I really want to “earn” that #1 Dad Coffee Cup that was gifted to me. The rigors and hours of being a head coach, the way I know how to do it, simply don’t lead me to have enough time to be the coach I would need to be for this program, and the husband and father I need to be for my family.”
Shared Monroe High School Athletic Director, Eric Silverman, “What Coach Oster has given to the student-athletes of Monroe High School, our Boys Soccer Program, our School and Community can’t be expressed in words. Coach Oster’s team’s were successful year in and year out because of the expectations that he held for his players. Coach Oster’s players were expected to work hard in the classroom and on the soccer field as well as be good citizens in our community. Those expectations translated into one of the most respected and successful soccer programs in Southwest Ohio. Coach Oster’s leadership will certainly be missed, but in reflection, we’re so grateful for the 12 years he devoted to leading our program and are excited for the family time that awaits him with his wife and kids!”
When asked what he would remember most Coach Oster reminisced, “There are so many great moments, it is impossible to pick just one. I will always remember winning the programs first District Title in 2019, ending Bellbrook’s streak of SWBL titles, volunteering with 30 plus players at the Special Olympics track meet every year, and teaching life lessons through the game of soccer. And, while there is not one moment that will stand out, there is one thing about all those moments, the amazing players. The program has had some of the greatest people that I have ever met come through it. And I was humbled to have them call me coach. These 12 years will be one of the greatest chapters of my life.”
In conclusion, Coach Oster shared, “While I am giving up the title of ‘Head Varsity Soccer Coach’, please know I will never give up the role of Coach. I will always, always be there for the players who gave everything to our program and blessed me in so many ways; they are my guys now and forever.”