July 10, 2009
USAFA, Colo. - Retired Army Lt. Col. Rob Koehler, who has spent eight seasons as the military coach for the Air Force lacrosse team, will remain at the Academy as an assistant coach in a civilian capacity, as announced by head coach Eric Seremet.
"I am very excited that Coach Koehler will remain a valuable member of our program," said Seremet. "He has already given so much to his country, the Air Force Academy and our lacrosse program, I know we are fortunate to keep him as a part of our staff. Not only does he bring defensive and goalie expertise, he is also a tremendous mentor and role model to our cadet-lacrosse players and his impact is immeasureable."
As the Falcons' mentor on the defensive end of the field, Koehler helped guide the Falcons to a 7-7 overall ledger in 2009, including a 4-1 record in the Great Western Lacrosse League and a second-place conference finish. While the team finished at .500 for the first time since 1997, the Falcons' four league wins were also a school-record. In 2009, Air Force allowed just 8.93 goals per contest, while sophomore goalkeeper Brian Wilson ranked among the league leaders with a 7.91 goals against average.
Since Koehler's arrival at the Academy in 2001, the Falcons have allowed their opponents to average less than eight goals per game in five seasons, including 2004, when Air Force allowed just 7.94 goals per contest.
A 1985 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Koehler was honored with the General George Ruhlen Award (Most Improved) in 1984 and the General James V. Hartinger Award (Most Valuable Player) in 1985. Koehler was also an honorable All-America goalkeeper in his senior campaign.
Koehler, who retired from the Army in June, had an illustrious military career which included assignments at Fort Carson, Colo., Monterey, Calif., Fort Benning, Ga., Baumholder, Germany, and Fort Hood, Texas, as well as deployments to Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. Koehler, who earned his master's degree in kinesiology at Indiana University, also spent three years as a physical education instructor and volunteer assistant lacrosse coach at his alma mater.