In 2016, Dr. Roger Mast enters his 26th season as head coach of men's soccer at his alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University. In 2012, EMU's all-time winningest coach earned his 200th career win with a 3-0 non-conference win over traditional power Maryville College. He has compiled an overall record of 202-187-35 and was honored as Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998 when the Royals won conference championships. His 1998 team reached the final 16 of the NCAA Division III Championship, helping Mast to earn Virginia State Coach of the Year honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors. He was also honored as State Coach of the Year in 1999 by the Laura Mapp College Coaches.
EMU's 2011 squad tied for the regular season ODAC title with a record of 7-2-1, also tying the program record for ODAC wins in a season. And for just the third time in program history, the Royals placed three players on the All-ODAC First Team. Then in 2012, defender Ryan Eshleman was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as becoming the first Royal in program history to twice be named to the All-State First Team.
Mast himself played four years of intercollegiate soccer at EMU. As team captain, he helped guide the Royals to top eight finishes in the National Christian College Athletic Association championships in 1982 (fifth) and 1983 (seventh). During his career, he scored 10 goals and recorded 13 assists for 33 total points, which ranks in the top 25 all-time at EMU. Mast also played two years of varsity baseball at EMU.
Mast graduated from EMU with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He went on to earn his Master of Science in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University. Mast recently finished his Doctorate in Educational Leadership: Higher Education at Argosy University.
Before returning to Harrisonburg, Mast spent four seasons as both head soccer coach and head baseball coach at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. His soccer squads went 39-26-2 in four seasons, and he earned Bicentennial Athletic League Coach of the Year honors in 1990 in baseball.
Upon arriving in Harrisonburg, Mast spent one season at Eastern Mennonite High School, where he guided the Flames to a 14-3-2 record and the Virginia Independent Conference Championship in 1990. He then returned to EMU, where in addition to soccer, Mast coached the women's softball team for five years. He was named ODAC Softball Coach of the Year in 1991 when the Lady Royals finished as conference runners-up.
When it comes to coaching soccer, Mast believes that, "The harder I work, the luckier I get!" Continuing to stress hard work, Mast added, "Players are entering college with a greater amount of technical ability than ever. What has led and will lead our team to success is the desire of the athlete to out-work his opponent and to encourage and challenge his teammates to do the same."
Mast continues to enjoy coaching because of the challenge of consistently developing athletes to reach their highest level of performance. In addition, he gains satisfaction from developing relationships with players that last beyond their college experience. He strives to have a positive influence on players' lives on and off the field.
Not only is Mast the men's soccer coach at EMU, but he is also an Assistant Professor in the Health and Physical Education Department. While coaching, he served as Athletic Director briefly in 1990 and from 1991 to 1994.
Mast resides in Harrisonburg with his wife, Cheryl. His oldest son, Mark, completed an All-ODAC career playing for his dad and graduated from EMU in 2015. His youngest son, Grayson, is currently with the Royals.