Bowling Green State University men's soccer coach Eric Nichols has announced the addition of Travis Wall to his staff. Wall, who won national player-of-the-year honors on the pitch at Ohio Wesleyan University, joins the Falcons as a volunteer assistant.
"Travis' career at Ohio Wesleyan and the success they achieved while he was there afforded him a front-row seat to one of the top college soccer programs in the country," said Nichols. "Combine that experience with his tremendous enthusiasm and engaging personality, and what we have is an outstanding young coach."
"No doubt that Travis will have a positive impact on this program and we are fortunate to have him."
Wall joins the Falcon program after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., primarily working with the attacking players. While with head coach Jon Lowery's program, he helped the Tommies to a two-year record of 21-9-7. The St. Thomas offense scored 12 more goals in 2012 than in '11, and improved that total by two more goals in 2013.
Wall, a native of Columbus, Ohio, was named the NCAA's Division III Player of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in his senior season of 2011. Wall, a forward, led the team and the North Coast Athletic Conference in scoring that fall, with 19 goals and 15 assists -- the second-highest point total in a season in school history -- as the Battling Bishops of legendary coach Dr. Jay Martin won the national championship.
Wall had four goals and two assists during OWU's run to the title, with at least one point in each of the team's five playoff matches. He scored what proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Hope in a national quarterfinal game, then scored to give Ohio Wesleyan a 2-0 lead in a 4-0 national semifinal win over Montclair State. In the national championship game, Wall scored the go-ahead goal in what would be a 2-1 win over Calvin. Wall was named the Most Outstanding Player - Offense of the national semifinals and championship game.
The Bishops went 9-0 in NCAC play that season and finished the year with a 23-2 overall record. Wall captained that national championship team.
Wall, who earned All-America honors in both 2010 and '11, finished his career ranked fifth in school history in career goals, assists and total points for the Bishops. He had career totals of 49 goals and 36 assists, and helped the Bishops to a four-year record of 78-11-5.
Following his senior year at OWU, Wall signed a professional contract with Minnesota Stars FC of the North American Soccer League in April of 2012 after spending the '12 preseason with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Wall played for two seasons with the Minnesota club, which was re-branded as Minnesota United in 2013.
A graduate of Upper Arlington H.S., Wall played for the Columbus Crew Academy in 2007-08, helping that team (coached by Eric Nichols) finish third in the nation at the Academy Finals Week.
In addition to his two years at St. Thomas, Wall has soccer experience as a youth development intern with the Crew in early 2012 and an assistant director at various OWU camps from 2009-11.
Wall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from OWU in 2012, majoring in human health and kinetics with a concentration on sport exercise and management.