AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn soccer assistant coach Ben Madsen is promoted to associate head coach, head coach Karen Hoppa announced Tuesday. 

“I’m so excited to announce Ben’s promotion to associate head coach,” Hoppa said.

“He has been an invaluable part of our program's success over the past nine years and has done a tremendous job with our defense. He also plays a massive role on the recruiting trail for us and has done a great job of bringing high-level prospects to the Plains. I'm looking forward to many more successful seasons at Auburn with Ben." 

Madsen is in the middle of his ninth season here at Auburn and is the defensive and goalkeeper coach. 

"I am extremely thankful for the support shown to me by Coach Hoppa and the administration at Auburn," Madsen said. "We have a great staff and group of student-athletes that I'm grateful to work with daily. I'm proud of what we have accomplished during my time here, and I'm extremely blessed to call Auburn home."

In program history, the Tigers have turned in five of the top 10 goals against averages as well as five of the top shutout totals. 

Since 2012, Madsen has mentored 14 All-SEC honorees and eight all-region performers along the backline, including All-American Kala Faulkner. Madsen had a huge role in Auburn’s 2015 and 2016 seasons along with making it to their first NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8. 

Recently Madsen helped freshman goalkeeper Maddie Prohaska to the third-best goals-against average in the SEC. 

Before he came to Auburn, Madsen was an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2008-11. He also was assistant coach at Lincoln College with the men’s team (2002-03), Alabama-Huntsville (2003-04), and South Alabama (2004-08).