FORT MYERS, Fla. Bob Butehorn, an assistant coach to Rudy Fuller with the Penn men's soccer program the last five years, has been selected as the first-ever men’s soccer head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. The announcement was made earlier this month by FGCU athletic director Carl McAloose.
Butehornleaves Penn withmore than 16 years of coaching experienceat NCAA Division I institutions. He is expected to begin his duties at FGCU in July.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Bob’s track record in Division I, both academically and athletically, lead our new men’s soccer program,” said McAloose. “He is well respected in the soccer community and has ties to the development programs here in Florida. We think he is an excellent fit to build our new program as we join the Atlantic Sun Conference and think he can make an impact for us on a national level.”
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Butehorn was head coach at St. Bonaventure University from 1995-99. Taking over a program that had won just two games the season prior to his arrival, Butehorn led the Bonnies to school records for most conference wins and most wins in a season. He coached three All-Conference players, including the only Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in school history, during his tenure.
Prior to leading the Bonnies, Butehorn served six years as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland, where he was an integral part of the turnaround of that program, eventually guiding the Terps to NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
“I am extremely grateful to Carl McAloose and the committee for giving me this opportunity to become FGCU’s men’s soccer coach,” said Butehorn. “FGCU is truly an impressive university with a bright future in Division I athletics. The FGCU teams have experienced great success both on and off the field and I look forward to working with the many quality people who have worked so hard to make that happen. I am eager to get started and look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Said Fuller: “There have been a lot of jobs that have come and gone in the past couple of years, but I don’t think there’s anybody that hit the nail on the head like Carl and his staff did. They’re going to be very happy with Bob.
“I jumped at the chance to have him on my staff five years ago,” Fuller continued. “He has what I think is one of the most unique abilities around -- the ability to push individuals beyond what they think they can accomplish while also developing a tremendous rapport andrelationship with them. He is a players’ coach. The phrase is used far too often these days, but he’s as good at that as they come.”
During his coaching career, Butehorn has served on the Atlantic-10 soccer committee, the NCAA Regional Selection Committee and the NSCAA Regional Ranking Committee for which he held the chairman position for two years. He is also a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the United States Soccer Federation.
Butehorn has also coached numerous amateur players from the East Region as the Region I Festival Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation. During his three-year tenure as a festival coach, Butehorn led the East squad to two gold medals and saw 12 of his players eventually join Major League Soccer teams.
His accreditations include a United States Soccer Federation "A" license and an U.S. Regional Soccer Clinician. Butehorn graduated from the University of Tampa in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in sports science/physical education. As a student-athlete at Tampa, he was a member of the soccer team that won the 1981 NCAA National Soccer Championship.
Butehorn along with his wife, Cindy, and two daughters, Madison and Jessica, will relocate to southwest Florida later this summer.
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team will begin competition in the fall of 2007.