Van Osdol impresses new coach

Tom Batters
Ross Van Osdol graduated early from Dunlap High School. He is already enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jon Coleman, head soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will have 11 new freshman join his team when soccer season starts in the fall.

One of those freshmen, Dunlap graduate Ross Van Osdol, is already making a positive impression.

Van Osdol graduated early from Dunlap High School. He is enrolled at UM-Milwaukee, where he is practicing and working out with the team.

“He’s fitting right in,” Coleman said. “I can see him making a difference for our team right away, because he has been training with us and he already knows what soccer at this level is all about.”

Coleman said Van Osdol’s maturity and determination set him above most freshmen.

“He can handle the responsibilities that come with being a collegiate athlete,” Coleman said. “And, he is so focused and determined. You don’t see many freshmen who come in right away and show that kind of focus and determination to succeed.”

Coleman said Van Osdol, who had 22 goals and 11 assists during his senior season at Dunlap, will play a key role in turning around the UM-Milwaukee program.

The Panthers finished 5-12-3 and lost, 1-0, to Illinois-Chicago in the semi-finals of the Horizon League tournament.

“Ross has great vision on the field and he can get out of tough situations without panicking. Plus, he has the ability to score at any time.” Coleman said. “I can see him helping us in a number of different ways.”