CORVALLIS — Philomath native Terry Boss is coming home.
Oregon State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday that the 36-year-old Boss had been named the new men's soccer coach.
A former OSU assistant, Boss spent the last four seasons at Virginia. The Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA tournament each year and won the NCAA championship in 2014. He was the school's associate head coach the past two seasons.
"I would like to thank Scott Barnes, Kimya Massey (OSU associate athletic director) and the rest of search committee for entrusting me with this opportunity," Boss said in a statement released by the university. "It's a dream come true to return home and lead the Oregon State Beavers' men's soccer team. This is the community I love and a program that has always been near and dear to my heart."
Boss, who graduated from Philomath High School in 2000, played a key role in Virginia's last three recruiting classes that ranked in the top 10 nationally, including No. 2 in 2015 and No. 5 in 2016.
"It's one of the few places that I would've left Oregon State for," Boss told the Philomath Express in 2014 about heading to Virginia. "The opportunity to come and be a part of history and potentially win a national championship was very much a part of the decision of leaving a place that I really enjoyed."
Barnes said the Beavers are thrilled to bring him back.
"Coach Boss brings a wealth of experience from the highest levels of collegiate and professional soccer, and has unique knowledge of the Pac-12 landscape that is invaluable as we move our program forward," Barnes said.
Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said OSU hired an outstanding coach in Boss.
"Terry is full of passion, ideas, and has a tireless work ethic," Gelnovatch said. "He has been an important part of our program and we will miss him. I am looking forward to following his career at Oregon State."
Fellow Pac-12 coaches have taken note of the hire, including Washington's Jamie Clark.
"Terry is a Pacific Northwest success story ... he's now headed home and I believe he'll just continue his winning ways.," Clark said. "He's proud of his roots and will work tirelessly to build the program that his home state will be proud of."
Boss was the lead assistant under Steve Simmons at OSU in 2013 and helped shape the team that advanced to the 2014 NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years. Ben Stoddard, who served as the interim head coach for the past several weeks, will continue with the program as associate head coach.
"I believe in this program," Boss said. "This is a program that will be synonymous with academic achievement and athletic excellence on the national stage."
Matt Bersano, a two-time Pac-12 goalkeeper honoree who plays for the San Jose Earthquake, called Boss an all-around professional.
"During my time at Oregon State I was lucky enough to spend a season working with Coach Boss and he demonstrated his professionalism daily through his vast soccer experience and his overall connection with the players," Bersano said. "I'm excited for him to get working with the guys and start the push for the program to be at the level nationally that this university deserves."
Boss began his coaching career at Tulsa University, his alma mater, in 2012. He helped the Golden Hurricane to a 14-6-1 record, the Conference USA title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament's "Sweet 16."
In his six years as an assistant coach, Boss has been associated with teams that have compiled a 68-35-17 record and played in five NCAA tournaments.
As a player, Boss helped Tulsa advance to the 2003 and 2004 NCAA tournaments. He appears among the top goalkeepers in the Golden Hurricane's history and was a standout academically.
Boss followed his collegiate career with a lengthy professional one playing seven seasons before retiring in 2012. His last three years were spent with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer where he picked up 28 saves and three shutouts, and posted a 6-2-1 record.
During his time in Seattle, he played with Kasey Keller, one of the premier American goalkeepers of all time.
"No one I ever played with worked harder than Terry," Keller said. "When he was given the news that he had to retire from playing, he focused that tremendous work ethic into transforming himself into a great coach."
As a Sounder, Boss won three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles and played against some of the best clubs in the world, including Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Celtic, Chivas de Guadalajara and Boca Juniors.
Prior to that, he was with the New York Red Bulls (2008-09), as well as the United Soccer League's Charlotte Eagles (2005, 2008), and Puerto Rico Islanders (2006-07). He helped the Eagles to the USL-2 title and was honored with the league's Goalkeeper of the Year award.
United Soccer League Hall of Fame coach Mark Steffens said Boss "has a high soccer IQ that enables him to analyze every aspect of the game. One characteristic that Terry always exhibits is his desire and passion for excellence in all areas of the game and his life."
His international competition includes being a part of the Puerto Rico National Team (2009-12) which includes twice competing in the World Cup Qualifying Rounds.
Washington's Clark described Boss "as genuine a person as there is in the game."
"He's a competitor but takes pride in doing things the right way," Clark said. "He will be a great addition to the conference and will keep the Pac-12 as one of the toughest conferences in the country."
During a 2014 interview with the Philomath Express following Virginia's national championship, Boss expressed the desire to move up the coaching ladder in the future.
"I really like this age group and I definitely want to be a head coach one day," he said.
Boss and Hannah Nates were married in the spring of 2014. His brother, Kevin Boss, is a former NFL tight end now living in Bend.