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Minnesota State Univ. Mankato - Soccer

Maverick Soccer Camps

Coaching Staff

Ben Jones
Assistant Coach

Ben Jones was named assistant coach with the Minnesota State women's soccer program in the spring of 2013.

"Ben is a phenomenal addition to our staff," Bahl said. "He brings loyalty, integrity and great passion for the game to our program. He has a tremendous familiarity with how we will operate within the program having spent a considerable amount of years on my previous coaching staffs.

"He is an excellent recruiter and knows what the Division II level and the NSIC are all about. His background at the college level will be an invaluable resource for us."

In his first season on the MSU bench, the Mavericks finished 17-3-2 overall and 13-1-1 in the league to claim the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular-season and tournament titles along with a berth in the NCAA Tournament as the region's top seed. Six Mavericks were selected All-NSIC, seven were named All-Central Region, and three captured All-American accolades.

During the 2014 season, Jones oversaw a Mavericks squad that went 22-1, including an unblemished mark of 15-0 in NSIC competition, as the Mavericks claimed NSIC regular season and tournament championships for the second straight season. The Mavericks also made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament as they advanced to the "Sweet 16". Seven Mavericks received All-NSIC honors, four received all-region accolades and four claimed a total of nine All-American awards. 

The 2015 season saw the Mavericks once again go undefeated in conference play with a 14-0-1 record and claim yet another regular season conference championship.  The Mavericks advanced to the “Sweet 16” in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a record of 18-2-2. All-American accolades also rolled in again in 2015. Korey Kronforst was named NSCAA 1st Team All-American, CCA/Daktronics 2nd Team All-American, NSCAA Scholar All-American, and CoSIDA Academic All-American. Kiana Nickel was named NSCAA 2nd Team All-American, CCA/Daktronics 3rd Team All-American and NSCAA Scholar All-American.

In 2016, the Mavericks fielded one of the youngest teams in the nation and capped the season off by winning another NSIC Tournament Championship and earned a trip to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mavericks finished with a record of 16-3-3.

As a team, the Mavericks have excelled in the classroom as 65 student-athletes have been named to the NSIC All-Academic Team during the last four seasons. Three Mavericks have also received the NSIC Myles Brand Award, which is bestowed to senior NSIC student-athletes boasting a 3.75 GPA.  

A native of Waterloo, Iowa, Jones spent six seasons at Upper Iowa prior to joining Minnesota State, serving as the associate head coach of the Peacock women's soccer team. He was also named the head coach of the men's soccer team in the spring of 2013.

While serving under head coach Brian Bahl at Upper Iowa, Jones helped lead the Peacock women's soccer team to its most successful season in 2012 as it finished the year with a 15-3-2 record, including a mark of 11-2-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

Prior to joining Upper Iowa, Jones served as an assistant coach for two years (2004 and 2006) and as a co-head coach (2005) for Mount Mercy. During his season as a co-head coach, Jones led the Mustangs to the most wins in a season in the program's history.
 
Jones also spent three seasons with Bahl as an assistant coach for the Waterloo West High School.

Jones received his Bachelors Degree from Northern Iowa in Leisure, Youth and Human Services with an emphasis in Non-Profit Youth Administration in 2005. 


Korey Kronforst Mug

Korey Kronforst
Graduate Assistant Coach / CAMP CONTACT
Phone:847-254-0824 Email: korey.kronforst@mnsu.edu