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Ben Landis took over as head coach of the Bucknell women's soccer program in 2005, and the Bison enjoyed the most successful six-year span in program history during his first six years at the helm. Over that span, the Bison captured a Patriot League tournament title in 2005 followed by back-to-back regular-season crowns in 2006 and 2007 and runner-up finishes in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
With a record of 67-59-5 at the helm of the Orange and Blue (33-15-1 in Patriot League play), Landis helped the Bison surpass the 10-win plateau in each of his first five seasons, marking the first time in program history the squad posted double-digit wins in at least three consecutive seasons. The Bison have also qualified for the Patriot League Tournament six of Landis' seven seasons.
In 2011, Landis became the winningest coach in Bucknell women's soccer history. In his first season back at his alma mater in 2005, Landis guided Bucknell to its second Patriot League championship, one of many successes the Bison achieved under his direction that season. The squad more than doubled scoring production from the year before, and went on to face Penn State in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2006, the Bison reached new heights, tying school records for wins, both overall (12) and in league play (6), and breaking the team's previous marks for best goals-against average (0.99), winning percentage (.735) and winning and unbeaten streaks after posting seven consecutive victories. The Bison also earned their first Mid-Atlantic regional rankings from both SoccerBuzz and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and posted its first win over a nationally ranked opponent, handing No. 14 Navy, which held a 19-0-0 record at the time, a 2-1 loss in the final game of the regular season to clinch a share of the Patriot League regular season title and earn the right to play host to the league tournament as the No. 1 seed.
In 2007, Landis coached Bucknell to a 5-1-1 league mark, earning the squad the right to host the Patriot League Tournament as the regular season champion. The Bison, who finished as the tournament-runners up, posted an 11-8-1 overall mark, including a convincing 4-1 win over traditional Ivy League power Princeton. In 2008, Bucknell won 11 more matches and went 5-2 in league play. Landis' squad broke the school record with eight shutouts and posted a big 3-2 road win over Maryland. He also coached Jennifer Dervarics to her second straight Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honor.
In 2009, Landis' squad went 10-8-1 overall and 5-2 in the league, and for the first time in program history the team earned a point against Penn State with a 0-0 draw in front of a large home crowd. Christa Matlack was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.
Injuries played a major role in ending Bucknell's run of winning seasons in 2010, but the Bison again posted a 5-2 Patriot League record and qualified for the postseason. And for the fifth year in a row Landis coached a major award winner, as Matlack repeated as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and an NSCAA Scholar All-American.
The third head coach in the 18-year history of the women's soccer program, Landis, a 1996 graduate of Bucknell started his coaching career at Bucknell as a student assistant coach under Toby Lovecchio in 1994 and 1995. He continued as an assistant the following fall after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in education.
The Breinigsville, Pa., native returned to his alma mater after two seasons as the head women's soccer coach at Dartmouth. Landis led the Big Green to a 16-12-6 record. In 2003, Dartmouth won the Ivy League with a 9-6-2 record and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. It finished the season ranked third in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA. Prior to taking over as head coach, Landis was an assistant at Dartmouth for three seasons. The Big Green qualified for the NCAA Tournament each year and finished the 2001 campaign ranked 13th in the country. They also finished 16th nationally in 2000 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in both 2000 and 2001.
Before his five-year stint at Dartmouth, and after leaving Bucknell, Landis served as an assistant coach at Lehigh for three seasons while obtaining his master's degree in business administration.
In addition to his duties as frontman for the Bucknell women's soccer team, Landis currently serves as camp director for the Bison Soccer Camp for Girls. A member of the NSCAA since 1996, Landis worked as a marketing intern with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer in 1997.
Landis lives in Lewisburg with his wife, Lisa, and their twin nine-year-old daughters, Isabella and Gabriella.