Viking Soccer


Boys' 2019 Coaches


Neil Baasten

Neil Baasten is entering his twelfth year as Varsity Head Coach of the Hoover Boys Soccer Program. Last season, the team had a record of 10-7-2. During his tenure as head coach at Hoover, his teams have been the Federal League Champions twice and the recipient of the prestigious Akron Soccer Officials Association Sportsmanship Award twice. Neil was named the 2015 Stark County Division I Coach of the Year. On September 23, 2014, Neil recorded his 250th career victory as a boys’ varsity soccer head coach. His record at Hoover High School is 109-69-22 and his overall record as a varsity soccer head coach is 279-156-56. Neil graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is the co-managing partner of the law firm of Baasten, McKinley and Co., L.P.A. in Canton. Neil moved to Stark County in 1978 and resides in Canton with Chris, his wife of forty-six (46) years. They have two adult children – Jason and Cynthia.

Varsity Assistant

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is in his eighth season as a coach for Hoover High School and is the Assistant Varsity coach.  Matt is a 2001 graduate of Hoover High School where he competed in the soccer program for four years.  He was a three time varsity letterman and received all-county and all-league honors his junior and senior seasons.  He was part of a defense that set the then record for least goals allowed (10) and was a senior captain in 2000. Matt went on to play club soccer at the University of Dayton for two years.  Matt has previous coaching experience for Canton Akron Soccer Club (CAK), Strikers Soccer Club and Metro F.C. (Dayton Ohio).  He attained a Nation “D” coaching license while living in North Carolina in 2009.
Matt graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Computer Science.  He currently works for SMITH as a Technology Director leading their Adobe division.  He also volunteers his time serving on the board of North Canton Soccer Club.  Matt resides in Alliance with his wife, Erin and five children: Natalie (7 y/o), Hannah (5) and Patrick (4) and Bridget (2) and Kieran (2 months).

JV White

Jonathan Zahn

Jonathan Zahn is entering his first year as a coach for Hoover High School and will be coaching the JV White team.  He will also be the Physical Education teacher at Orchard Hill Intermediate school.We welcome him to our District and program.  Go Vikes!

JV Orange

Gary Bodenschatz

Gary Bodenschatz has been coaching the Hoover High School boys’ J.V. team since 2007. He also teaches Interactive Media at Hoover High School. He spent the previous ten years at Timken Sr. High School where he also coached the varsity soccer team as an assistant.  He graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He later earned his Master of Arts in Education degree. Gary resides in North Canton with his wife and four children.


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