Published or Revised September 17, 2014
Coach John R. Cossaboon, a native of Rochester, New York, now leads the men and women’s soccer teams at PJC. He comes to PJC after five years as head coach of the men’s soccer team at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and has NCAA Division I and international coaching experience in both men’s and women’s soccer.
In his five years at Ozarks, the Eagles made the American Southwest All-Conference tournament twice. During that time, fourteen players were named All-Conference, one was named ASC Offensive Freshman of the Year, two earned NSCAA All-Region honors, two players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, six players made the ASC All-Academic Team, three players were named to the Capitol One Academic All-American program, and the program overall won the 2012 NSCAA team academic award.
Prior to leading the Ozarks’ men’s soccer team, he was head women’s coach at Southern Methodist University and the University of San Diego. He also served as assistant women’s coach at Gonzaga University.
For each of his four seasons at SMU, the team won conference titles each of those years, and twice he was named Conference USA Coach of the Year. The Mustangs won their seventh straight regular season title in 2006, tied for 24th in a national poll, and received an at-large bid to the College Cup, their sixth straight appearance. In his first season leading SMU, they finished 22nd in the nation and won the Western Athletic Conference.
In six years as head women’s coach at the University of San Diego, Cossaboon led the team to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-2002). He also served as women’s head coach at the University of California Santa Barbara from 1995-1996.
Cossaboon’s international coaching experience comes from Japan, where he coached a women’s professional league from 1993 to 1995.
Prior to that he served as top assistant men’s soccer coach at Santa Clara University, head men’s coach at Cal State Hayward, and held assistant coaching jobs at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
From 1982-90, Cossaboon was director of coaching for the North Texas State Soccer Association. There he directed and trained Olympic Development players, and designed and implemented the state’s coaching education program. He holds an “A” License from the United States Soccer Federation, and has been a national staff coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1983. From 1983-85, he was a National Staff Coach for the USSF.
Cossaboon has a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Cortland. He received his Intermediate Level Coaching Certificate from the Brazilian Football Academy in Rio de Janeiro.
Dallas area native Aaron Brueckner comes to Paris Junior College after playing semi-professional soccer in Germany for SV Ostermunchen and SB DJK Rosenheim, and earning his USSF State “D” License.
In 2011 he was student assistant coach for the University of the Ozarks’ men’s soccer program.
At the University of the Ozarks, Brueckner played soccer, helping to lead the team to four consecutive American Southwest Conference playoff appearances and a 2007 ASC Championship. He was a two-time ASC All-Conference player and named to the 2009 ASC All-Tournament Team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region Team.
He capped his college-playing career as a finalist for the Ozarks’ “Athlete of the Year” in 2009, when he served as team captain and was named MVP.
Brueckner graduated from the University of the Ozarks in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. While growing up in the Dallas area, he played club soccer for Soccer America ‘87 and FC Dallas ‘88, and played varsity soccer from 2004-2006 and varsity football from 2004-2005 at Allen High School.