Philomath native Terry Boss was named the new Oregon State men's soccer coach on Thursday.
A former OSU assistant, Boss spent the last four seasons at Virginia; the Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA tournament in each campaign and won the NCAA championship in 2014. He was their associate head coach the past two seasons.
"It's a dream come true to return home" as OSU coach, Boss said in a statement released by the university announcing his hiring. "This is the community I love and a program that has always been near and dear to my heart.
"I believe in this program; (it) will be synonymous with academic achievement and athletic excellence on the national stage."
Boss was also a key figure in Virginia's last three recruiting classes that ranked in the top 10 nationally.
"We're thrilled to welcome coach Boss back to Oregon State," OSU director of athletics Scott Barnes said. "Coach Boss brings a wealth of experience from the highest levels of collegiate and professional soccer, and has unique knowledge of the Pac-12 landscape that is invaluable as we move our program forward.
Boss was the lead assistant at OSU in 2013 and helped shape the team that advanced to the 2014 NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years. In 2013, goalkeeper Matt Bersano earned second-team all-Pac-12 honors.
Boss began his coaching career at Tulsa University, his alma mater, in 2012. He helped the Golden Hurricane to a 14-6-1 record, the Conference USA title and a trip to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.
In his six years as an assistant coach, Boss has been associated with teams that have compiled a 68-35-17 record and played in five NCAA tournaments.
Boss helped Tulsa advance to the 2003 and 2004 NCAA tournaments. He appears among the top goalkeepers in school history and was a standout academically. He graduated in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in finance.
Boss followed his collegiate career with a seven-year pro career. His last three years were spent with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer, where he picked up 28 saves, three shutouts and a 6-2-1 record.
As a Sounder, Boss won three consecutive US Open Cup titles and played against some of the best clubs in the world, including Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara and Boca Juniors.
Prior to that, he was with the New York Red Bulls (2008-09), the United Soccer League's Charlotte Eagles (2005, 2008) and Puerto Rico Islanders (2006-07). He helped the Eagles to the USL-2 title and eared the Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Boss is married to Hannah. His younger brother, Kevin, played football at PHS, Western Oregon and with several NFL teams.