Ben Voss, who has coached the Madison Memorial boys soccer team for 16 seasons and the girls soccer team for 10 years, resigned Monday, Madison Memorial athletic director Jeremy Schlitz said.

Schlitz, who said the job opening will be posted this week, thanked Voss for his commitment to both soccer programs at Madison Memorial.

Voss, whose family lives in the Waunakee school district, said late Monday afternoon he plans to continue teaching in the social studies department at Madison Memorial.

Voss, 40, also confirmed that he informed Madison Memorial soccer players and parents that he has accepted the girls soccer coaching job at Waunakee. Waunakee’s longtime girls coach Jesus Torres stepped down in August.

Voss, who led Madison Memorial to the 2006 WIAA Division 1 boys title and 2009 runner-up spot, said he had mixed emotions.

He said it was a sad day attempting to get “closure with important people in my life. But I’m excited about the new opportunity in the community where we live. … The job piqued my curiosity and will provide the chance to form new relationships. This was an opportunity to give back to the community where my family is a part of. I believe in our product, how we teach the game and giving life lessons. This is a new puzzle that I cannot wait to put together.”

Voss coached the Spartans’ girls program from 2008 to 2017. He compiled a record of 124-68-36. The Spartans won five Big Eight Conference titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015) and they made three sectional final appearances (2009, 2011 and 2017) and two state appearances (2009, 2011).

In 39 years, three Spartans coaches won more than 600 matches (607-200-82): Jerry Haugh was 381-101-33 from 1979-2001; Tim Patton was 102-31-13 from 2002-07; and Voss was 124-68-36 from 2008-17.

As boys coach, Voss was 230-96-44 in 16 seasons from 2002-2017. The Spartans won six Big Eight titles (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014) and they made six sectional final appearances (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012). They made three state appearances (2005, 2006 and 2009). Madison Memorial won the WIAA Division 1 state championship over Brookfield East in 2006 and was state runner-up to Muskego in 2009.

In 39 years, three Madison Memorial coaches won more than 600 matches in boys soccer (615-268-98): Ron Holzhueter 319-116-48 from 1979-1996; Tim Patton 66-56-6 from 1997-2001; and Voss 230-96-44 from 2002-17.


Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.