PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers men’s soccer standout Dennis Ludwig has been named an assistant coach at Rutgers-Camden, the athletic department announced. Ludwig, who starred at Rutgers-New Brunswick from 1998-2001, begins serving immediately with the Scarlet Raptors soccer program. The post marks his first coaching experience since graduating from Rutgers-New Brunswick in the spring of 2003.
“I am absolutely delighted for Dennis,” said Rutgers-New Brunswick head coach Bob Reasso. “He was a great player for us and I am sure he will make a positive impact on the Rutgers-Camden program. He has a lot of college experience and I sure he will succeed.”
He will assist Greg Ogden, who will begin his fifth season as the head coach at Rutgers-Camden next fall. Ludwig will primarily work with training and recruiting, while working with the Scarlet Raptors’ forwards.
The Mt. Laurel, NJ native returns to his South Jersey roots where he compiled an excellent scholastic resume at Lenape High School before enrolling at Rutgers-New Brunswick. In 1997, Ludwig was named the Gatorade and Coaches Association New Jersey High School Player of the Year. He also earned South Jersey Player of the Year accolades by the Burlington County Times, Camden Courier Post and Philadelphia Inquirer. In three varsity seasons, Ludwig tallied 53 goals and 51 assists, earning NSCAA All-American honors his senior year.
Ludwig continued his success throughout college, scoring 39 goals and adding 11 assists as a four-year starter for the Scarlet Knights. Ludwig has painted his name throughout the Rutgers record books, currently ranking second in career game-winning goals (15), sixth in goals and tied for seventh with Peter Vermes in career points. Two days after propelling the Scarlet Knights to a first-round victory over Harvard in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, Ludwig scored the game-winner in RU’s second round match to defeat the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies, 2-1, in triple overtime. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year in 2001, also earning NSCAA All-Region, All-BIG EAST First Team and College Soccer News All American laurels during his senior campaign. Ludwig was also a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star, earning Verizon Academic All-American honors in 2001.
He was a fourth-round selection (40th overall) by the DC United in the 2002 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He played one season with the United before returning home to help train high school and youth teams.