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Dartmouth assistant hired to lead UK men's soccer

Dartmouth College assistant Johan Cedergren on Thursday was named the head coach of the men's soccer program at the University of Kentucky.

Cedergren, a native of Solvesborg, Sweden, and a three-year letter-winner at the University of Cincinnati, has been the top assistant at Dartmouth for five years. The Big Green reached the NCAA Tournament all five seasons, going 52-30-11 and winning Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2011.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Cedergren, just the third head coach in UK men's soccer history, expressed confidence in the program, saying its potential is "probably limitless ... It's not a rebuilding job by any means."

Asked how he would define success early on, Cedergren said, "Success would be to get every single player to buy in to what I want to do."

Cedergren takes over from Ian Collins, who was let go by UK after a 9-9-2 season. Over 18 seasons, Collins compiled a 197-132-38 record. Including two seasons as an assistant to Sam Wooten, Collins had been on the UK staff for 20 of the program's 21 seasons.

Cedergren graduated from Cincinnati in 2001. He was team captain on the Bearcats teams that reached the 1998 NCAA Tournament and was ranked among the nation's top 20 teams in 1999. He also was an all-Conference USA selection.

After graduation, he served as an assistant at Cincinnati for one season before completing his MBA in finance at Xavier University. He also coached with the Cincinnati Classics Soccer Club and earned his Level One and Level Two coaching diplomas from the Swedish Football Federation.

With Dartmouth, Cedergren was twice named NSCAA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

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