In his 1st season as the DC interim head coach, and 2nd overall, BJ Pheasant brings experience from nationally ranked teams with a post season pedigree. Pheasant said, "I am honored to be coaching at Defiance College and excited for the chance to build on the Defiance tradition. I would like to thank DC Director of Athletics Derek Woodley and President Richanne Mankey for giving me this opportunity, as well as, to my mentors who have provided examples and guidance at critical junctures of my career in particular Gabriele Giuliani and David Green. The support of the Yellow Jacket players has been critical and I am look forward to entering the 2019 season together with them."
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.
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 422-176-76 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.