Gavin Oldham begins his first season as the head coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He was hired as the program's first coach in 2011.
Oldham, a former National Champion at Lindsey Wilson College as a player and assistant coach, brings a vast knowledge of coaching experience to UNOH and will look to build the program to an elite status.
A native of Manchester, England, Oldham spent seven seasons as the head assistant men's soccer coach and head junior varsity coach at Lindsey Wilson College. Oldham joined the Blue Raider men's soccer staff in 2004 as a graduate assistant after his stellar four-year career as a Blue Raider defender. In 2005, Oldham began his duties as lead assistant. That season, Oldham helped lead the Blue Raiders to the NAIA National Championship. In his seven seasons as assistant, the Blue Raiders won or shared six straight Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles and appeared in seven NAIA National Tournaments. Oldham's assistant coaching record was 128-24-5 while at Lindsey Wilson. In 2009, Oldham helped the Blue Raiders to the program's eighth NAIA National Championship -- his fourth title with Lindsey Wilson.
As a student-athlete, Oldham helped Lindsey Wilson to a pair of national championships (2000 and 2001) and a 79-10-1 overall record. Oldham was chosen as the 2001 Most Valuable Player during the NAIA National Tournament where Lindsey Wilson outscored their opponents 22-4 in four matches. Oldham was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-conference selection.
Oldham and his wife, Danielle, have one son, Jayce and twin daughters, Ella and Isla. They reside in Elida.
Chris Williams begins his first season as the assistant coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He joins the Racers after a successful playing career at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, which also produced UNOH head coach Gavin Oldham.
Williams, a native of Flint, Wales, began his college playing career at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, before moving on to Lindsey Wilson. At Holy Names, he helped the team to a national tournament berth while being named Cal-Pac All-Conference and the Defender of the Year.
While at Lindsey Wilson, he won two National Championships (2009, 2011). He was named Most Valuable Player of the NAIA National Championship as a sophomore. He earned NAIA All-American honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, along with All-Mid-South and Academic All-Mid-South honors all three years as well. He was a NAIA Scholar-Athlete as a junior and senior.
Williams has coached for a number of years in his native Wales and in the United States, most notably for the club team, Kentucky Rush, where he coached the U-17 girls team. During his time at Lake Cumberland Kentucky Rush, he was also the Technical Director, conducting sessions and creating syllabi for the staff and coaches.
Williams graduated with honors from Lindsey Wilson in December 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Coaching Behavior. Williams and his wife, Caitlin, have a 1-year-old son, Rowan Rhys. They reside in Lima.