Since his arrival at Virginia Tech in 2002, Oliver Weiss has built a soccer program that ranks among tops in the nation. His teams' high-energy attacking style of soccer creates a following not just in Blacksburg, but wherever the Hokies step on the pitch.
"We are fortunate to have great facilities, superb student and fan support, and extraordinary student-athletes who love to compete at the highest level," says Weiss. "Our success is directly related to hard work by our staff and players, on and off the field, as well as our school's growth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. When you compete against the best, you can only get better."
Weiss' career record in Blacksburg is 68-39-16, reflecting the success of the Hokies. He has taken four of his Tech teams to the NCAA tournament in the past six years. Home attendance is at an all-time high and many fans travel to watch the team play throughout the country.
In 2007 Weiss and the Hokies celebrated the programs finest season as they reached the NCAA College Cup semifinal against ACC rival Wake Forest. Tech finished the year with a 14-4-5 record, while going 3-1-4 in ACC play. In the final NSCAA poll, Tech was ranked No. 3, the highest in school history.
"Our players did a tremendous job last season," Weiss said. "The chemistry was excellent. The medical team, our coaches, and most importantly, all of the student-athletes fulfilled their roles impeccably well during the season. It was an honor to coach that team. However, it is now time to plan for 2008 and strive for even higher levels of success."
Weiss has proven himself to be one of the most offensive-minded coaches in collegiate men's soccer. His teams annually rank among the top in the nation in scoring offense. In four of the past six seasons, the Hokies have averaged more than two goals per game against a high-caliber schedule that features between 10 to 12 top-20 opponents every season.
Weiss has coached three former Hokies, Chase Harrison (2006 MLS Suplemental), Patrick Nyarko (2007 MLS SuperDraft) and Ben Nason (2007 MLS Superdraft), that have been selected to play in Major League Soccer, as well.
Weiss strongly believes that athletic excellence is directly related to academic excellence and good sportsmanship. During his tenure, three different players have earned All-America honors, two of them as academic selections and the team generally has one of the best GPAs among Tech teams. The Hokies have also received the ACC Sportsmanship team award three of the past four years.
Along with all the season's accomplishments, the Hokies set an undefeated streak of 15 games, a new school record, from September 1 through November 9, 2007.
In 2006, the Hokies placed eighth in the ACC, but were still invited to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of their 11-7-1 record along with several quality wins over ranked opponents.
Tech posted a then-record-breaking 2005 season by earning its first national seed (#12) along with a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies posted a 10-5-5 record with a winning record (3-2-3) in ACC play, finishing fourth in the league.
The Hokies first-ever NCAA Tournament bid came in 2003 when a veteran team competed in its final season in the BIG EAST. Prior to last season's success, the Hokies achieved a then-program-best 14-5-3 record. The team locked up a second place finish in the BIG EAST regular season with a 7-3 record, earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Before coming to Tech, Weiss served as the top assistant at the University of North Carolina from 1999 to 2001. During his three years in Chapel Hill, the team went 54-14-1 while earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament each season. The 2000 season was highlighted when the Tar Heels claimed the ACC Championship and were rewarded the No. 1 seed in the postseason. In Weiss' final season, 2001, the North Carolina Tar Heels captured the NCAA National Championship.
Prior to his time with the Tar Heels, Weiss served as an assistant at the College of William & Mary from 1996 to 1998. Weiss helped lead the Tribe to a 49-19-3 record, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Weiss got his first chance as a collegiate coach in 1995, spending the season assisting the University of New Hampshire.
Weiss first stepped on the sidelines with a Richmond Under-10 team in 1988. A youth coaching career of eight years followed, producing eight consecutive Virginia State Cup championships, along with a Region 1 championship and a trip to the 1995 Snickers USYSA National Championships.
Weiss was selected as the 1990 and 1995 Virginia Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year. In 1995, he was honored as the NSCAA East Region and the USYSA Region 1 Coach of the Year.
As a player at the University of Richmond, Weiss captained the team three out of his four years. He also earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors, along with South Atlantic honors during his career with the Spiders. Weiss received a B.A. in history from the university in 1988.
As a high school player at Central High School in High Point, N.C., Weiss was named North Carolina High School Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.
Weiss holds a USSF 'A' coaching license and a German Soccer Federation 'B' license. He is also the director of the Hokie Soccer Academy for Boys, which is a soccer camp held throughout the summer at Virginia Tech.
A native of Burgdorf (a suburb of Hannover), Germany, Weiss became a United States citizen in 2000.