Entering his second season with the Yellow Jackets and first as interim head coach BJ Pheasant brings experience from nationally ranked teams with a postseason pedigree.
Pheasant came to Defiance College from Baldwin Wallace University in the tough OAC conference. In 2016 he was at Thomas More College where the coaching staff earned the 2016 NSCAA Region Coaching Staff of the Year award for last season's achievements. The team won their 6th straight PAC conference title and reached #3 in the country with a 22-1-1 record advancing to the Sweet 16 or better in the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year. While serving as Associate Head Coach at Concordia University Chicago (CUC), Pheasant was part of four consecutive double-digit winning seasons while leading CUC to the NACC conference tournament for the first time. Pheasant also has experience in the HCAC conference with programs at Franklin College and Manchester University.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Pheasant coached high school teams for eleven years, club teams for nineteen years, and in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). He has a career record of 425-161-76 in his 51 seasons of action at all levels and has two state titles and two final fours in club soccer along with two teams that advanced to semi-state in the high school ranks. He has both an NSCAA Advanced National and Level 3 Goal Keeping Diplomas.
Pheasant earned degrees in business and agricultural economics from Purdue University in 2002. Along with his Master’s degree in Athletic Administration & Sports Management from Indiana University in 2009.
Skylar Liming is entering her first season as a graduate assistant in the Yellow Jacket women's soccer program for the 2019-20 season. Liming is a 2019 graduate of Bluffton University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Sports Management.
She competed as a member of the women's soccer program at Bluffton University for four years and served as team captain for two years. She was named player of the week for the HCAC conference, and 2 year award winner for the HCAC conference. Over the past four summers Liming has led the St. Marys High School soccer team in summer league play. She has also worked multiple summer camps for her hometown and at Bluffton.
Liming will be earning her Master's degree in business administration at Defiance College and is set to complete the program in May of 2021.
Professor Tim Rickabaugh is rejoining the coaching staff of the Yellow Jacket women's soccer program for the 2019-20 season after an absence since 2005.
He led the program from 1998-2005 and was named HCAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000. He was also the Head Coach of Defiance HS Girls Soccer program for several years. Rickabaugh has certifications in National Strength & Conditioning Association, CPT, and CSCS. He is also in his 25th year as Professor of Exercise Science at DC where he earned the Defiance College Stroede Distinguished Faculty Award.
He is married to Rosanne with two children, Andrew & Abby, Rickabaugh earned his PhD in Science Teaching with a specialization area of Exercise Physiology from Syracuse University in 1998, a Master's degree Exercise Science with a specialization area of Exercise Physiology from Miami University in 1988, and his Bachelor's in Physical Education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1983.