By Mike Ballard
CAMDEN - Rutgers University-Camden men's soccer coach Tim Oswald will be adding some new responsibilities this summer.
Oswald will serve as an assistant coach for the Ocean City Barons' Professional Development League team, joining the staff of first-year Barons head coach Mike Pellegrino. Pellegrino, one of the top scholastic coaches in the state, has led Ocean City High School to four state championships (1999, 2000, 2003 and 2005) during his impressive career.
Oswald led the Scarlet Raptors to a 13-4-6 record in his first year at Rutgers-Camden last fall. That mark included winning the ECAC Div. III Men’s Metro Soccer Championship. Oswald’s first Raptor team was led by junior midfielder Pat Baldiserra (Milmay, NJ/Buena Regional), who was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America by being named to the 2006 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Division III All-America Third Team. He was the first NSCAA All-American since Rutgers-Camden became an NCAA program.
Oswald was a quality athlete during his playing days. He earned All-Catholic honors and added All-Area recognition from the Northeast Times in 1996 to cap his soccer career at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia.
Oswald continued his soccer career as a midfielder/forward at Elizabethtown College, where the Blue Jays earned national rankings during all four of his years, including Top 5 rankings during his junior and senior seasons. The Blue Jays played in three straight MAC championship games, winning the 1999 title and earning a trip to the NCAA tournament. During his senior year he earned conference Player of the Week, First-Team All-Conference and All-Academic MAC honors. In 53 career games, he notched 15 goals, 18 assists and 48 points at Elizabethtown.
Oswald received his B.S. in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown in 2001 and his Master’s in School Counseling from Widener in 2003.
Oswald spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Arcadia University (2003-05), helping the Scarlet Knights achieve national Top 25 rankings each year. Arcadia reached the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship game all three years, winning the PAC title in 2004 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Prior to coaching at Arcadia, Oswald spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons assisting at Widener University. In his second season at Widener, the Pioneers achieved the highest NSCAA regional ranking in the history of the program and earned their second-ever ECAC post-season berth.
Oswald owns his NSCAA National Diploma, which he passed with distinction. On the club level, Oswald has been an ODP U-14 assistant coach with EPYSA, a U-11 head coach with FC Bucks and the U-17 head coach of FC Philadelphia United. He also has served as a co-head coach, along with former Arcadia Head Coach Tom Carlin, of the PSC Coppa-Bucks club team which won two EPYSA state championships and was nationally-ranked in the Top 25 in both 2004 and 2005.
The Barons open their season May 12 with a road game against the Delaware Dynasty. Their home opener is May 22 against the Reading Rage.