Bob Butehorn named USF men's soccer coach
After building one highly respectable men's soccer program in Florida, Bob Butehorn has been commissioned to build upon another one.
Butehorn, who erected the program at Florida Gulf Coast from scratch and led the Eagles to four NCAA Tournaments in the past seven seasons, has been hired to replace George Kiefer as coach at USF. Kiefer stepped down in November to accept the same job at N.C. State.
The futbol hiring by athletic director Mark Harlan comes a week after his football hiring, of Charlie Strong.
“Bob Butehorn has been tremendously successful winning, recruiting and developing student-athletes in the state of Florida," Harlan said in a USF news release. "And we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him back to Tampa as the new leader of our men’s soccer program."
A member of the University of Tampa's 1981 national title team, Butehorn was hired at FGCU a year prior to the Eagles' inaugural season in 2007, and compiled a 95-62-23 record that includes a 4-3-2 record against the Bulls.
His last victory with the Eagles was a triumph at USF -- via penalty kicks -- in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 17. He led FGCU to six consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference regular season titles, and had the program ranked as high as 11th nationally in 2016.
Prior to arriving at FGCU, Butehorn spent five seasons as an assistant at Penn and, before that, served as head coach at St. Bonaventure from 1995-99. That program won two games the season prior to his arrival, but set a school record for victories with a 12-6 season in '97.