Jason Goggins is returning to Bexley to coach the boys soccer program he played for in the early 1990s.

Goggins replaces Jay Scott, who resigned May 26 after four seasons.

Goggins transferred to Bexley from Perrysburg before his sophomore year and played for the Lions for three seasons before graduating in 1993.

“When I was thinking about getting back into coaching, it was never going to be at any other school, it was always going to be at Bexley if I did it,” he said. “I feel like I want to give back to the program and the community, so this is my chance to do that.”

Goggins was a defender as a player. He played four years at Wittenberg, graduating in 1997, and then played professionally for three seasons with Carolina, Indiana and Dayton in the United Soccer League.

Goggins, 45, was the boys coach at London in 1997 and an assistant coach periodically at Upper Arlington for six seasons, beginning in 1998.

He and his wife, Diana, live in Bexley with their sons, Kaleb and Beckett.

Under Scott, the Lions went 39-30-6 and won Division II district championships in 2018 and 2019.

“Every time the job came open over the last (few) years, I toyed with the idea of trying to go for it and it’s just never been the right time,” said Goggins, who is a fitness professional. “It was the right time this time, so I went for it and here I am.”

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