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Ben Madsen
Ben  Madsen

Assistant Coach


2012 Soccer Season Preview

Team is looking for a seventh straight NCAA Tournament bid


Auburn Wins NCAA Tournament Opener

The Auburn soccer team defeated Washington, 2-1, in the NCAA Tournament First Round

Ben Madsen was named assistant coach on Feb. 29, 2012. Madsen joined Auburn from Iowa State where he was an assistant coach for four years and served as the Cyclones’ head assistant since 2009.

Since Madsen's arrival on The Plains, the Tigers have made consistent improvements along the defensive front and have had 10 all-conference selections and a two-time All-America performer in Kala Faulkner (2014 and 2015).

Auburn's ranked in the top half of the SEC in both goals against average and shutout percentage from 2013-16. Before Madsen arrived, the Tigers were eighth in defense in 2012.

Last season, Madsen helped guide the Tigers back line to eight shutouts, which is tied for the sixth most in program history, and mentored a pair of All-SEC performers in first-team selection Caroline Bado and all-freshman honoree Alyssa Malonson. Bado was also named Third Team All-Southeast Regoin by the United Soccer Coaches and was joined on the team by Sarah Le Beau. 

With the defensive unit's performance in 2017, four of the program's top six shutout totals have come under Madsen's watch. Additionally, five of the team's eight shutouts a season ago came during conference play, which matched a SEC program record. 

In 2016, Madsen guided a trio of All-SEC performers in Kiana Clarke, Karli Gutsche and Le Beau. In total, Auburn amassed seven shutouts, including four in SEC play and the NCAA Tournament.

Despite being focused on keeping opponents off the board, players who saw time along the back line combined for 14 points, including two game-winning goals, in 2016.

The Tigers set a program record with 17 wins in 2016, and much of that could be credited to keeping high-powered offenses off the board. In total, Auburn held the opposition to one goal or fewer in 17 matches.

In 2015, Madsen was instrumental in the development of All-SEC choice Sarah Le Beau. In 23 matches between the sticks, Le Beau ranked third in the SEC with a 0.987 goals against average, pacing the freshman to multiple accolades by the league. Madsen's tutelage of Le Beau paced the first-year keeper to post seven shutouts, ranking second among league foes.

In 2014, Madsen guided Alyse Scott, who started in the net for all 22 matches of Auburn’s season, tallying 76 saves and only allowing 22 goals for a 0.96 goals against average. That GAA was the fourth-best average in the conference. Scott also garnered 10 shutouts in 2014, tying for the most in the SEC last season.

Working with defenders and goalkeepers, Madsen helped the Tigers post the most saves in the Southeastern Conference in 2013 with 135 and register the third-best saves percentage at 82.4. 

Madsen was the recruiting coordinator and goalkeepers coach at Iowa State and helped bring a recruiting class that increased the program’s win total for three straight seasons from 2009-11. In 2011 the ISU club tied the program record for shutouts in a season with nine and he coached goalkeeper Maddie Jobe to two Big XII Player of the Week awards. On the recruiting trail his 2010 freshman class accounted for 92 percent of the team’s points and scored every goal in Big XII conference play.

Prior to ISU Madsen was an assistant at the University of South Alabama from 2004-08. During his stay in Mobile the team made four Sun Belt Conference tournament appearances and finished as the conference runner-up in 2005. He also coached the 2004 First Team All-Sunbelt goalkeeper.

Madsen started his coaching career with the Lincoln College men’s team from 2002-03 before moving on to Alabama-Huntsville from 2003-04. At Lincoln he trained the 2002 Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois First Team All-Conference goalkeeper while at UAH he recruited the 2004 Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year.

Madsen has been very active in youth soccer acting as a Region II and Region III goalkeeper coach, a U14 girls head coach and an ODP assistant and co-head coach.

Madsen earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Lincoln Memorial University in 2003, where he also played from 1998-01. He has a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a NSCAA National Goalkeeper Diploma.

Madsen and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Margaret Kate (Maggie). 
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