HEAD COACH ROSS DUNCAN
Ross Duncan enters his fouth season with the Central Arkansas men’s soccer program, and second as head coach. In Duncan’s first season at the helm, the Bears were better in every way, quadrupling their win total, placing four players on the year-end All-Missouri Valley Conference Teams, and picking up their first MVC Tournament win, a 1-0 win over host Bradley.
Duncan was chosen to lead the program in 2012 after spending the previous two seasons at UCA as an assistant head coach in 2010 and then associate head coach in 2011.
Duncan, a 2004 graduate of Oregon State who played professionally in Australia, joined the UCA coaching staff in February of 2010 as a full-time assistant. Following that season, he was promoted to associate head coach. He received yet another promotion following the 2011 season when he was elevated to head coach.
Duncan helped guide the program through the transition from Division I independent status to the Bears' first years in the Missouri Valley Conference, coaching them a spot in the MVC tournament in their second season in the league.
Duncan was a four-year letterwinner for the Beavers for head coach Dana Taylor from 2000 to 2003. He was a starter at back and outside midfield on Oregon State’s first two teams to reach the NCAA College Cup in 2002 and 2003. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team as a senior in 2003.
Duncan served as an assistant coach with the University of Vermont team from 2007 until 2010, helping the Catamounts to the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
A native of Corvallis, Ore., Duncan received his degree in cultural anthropology from OSU in 2004. After graduation, he played for two seasons in Australia for the Queensland Lions and Brisbane Strikers. He returned to the U.S. in 2005 and spent that season as an assistant coach for Corvallis High before a short stint with the Baltimore Blast of the MISL in 2006.
Duncan has served as a staff member for the 2010 Super Y League National camp as well as the Oregon State Soccer Camps and Vermont Futbol Academy. During the time between 2000-2005 he was a staff coach for the Oregon United Soccer Academy and from 2007-2010 he was a staff coach for the Nordic Soccer Club of Vermont.