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Hillsborough County boys soccer district preview

Jesuit boys soccer coach Bob Bauman has more than 500 wins and five state titles.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2008)

Jesuit boys soccer coach Bob Bauman has more than 500 wins and five state titles.

As is frequently the case, Jesuit soccer coach Bob Bauman was overdressed for practice Thursday. An attorney for Tampa's Morris Law Firm by day, Bauman arrived straight from court at Jesuit, the wind blowing his dark tie across his white button-down shirt.

"It's kind of like leading two lives," said Bauman, 50. "One as a coach and one as an attorney." And what lives they have been; not long after passing the bar as a law student, Bauman began raising it with the Tigers, with whom he has won five state titles. Last weekend, he earned his 500th career victory at Jesuit, only two months after reaching the 500-win mark overall for his career. To commemorate those milestones, we reflect on some of Bauman's better teams and players, and reveal some lesser-known nuggets:

Career record

Bauman enters this week's district tournament with a 502-112-60 record at Jesuit and 512-114-64 mark overall, which includes one season (1985-86) at Chamberlain. "The (Chamberlain) AD really didn't care that I wasn't on the faculty," Bauman recalled, "so he gave the head coaching job next year to a faculty member."

Bauman's title teams

He briefly describes each:

1995 (28-7-3): "I'd say it was long overdue. We'd had such good teams for so long, and this was the way my assistant Drew Griffin put it — we had to get past this hurdle of playing not to lose in the final four."

1997 (18-9-5): "It was all about Terry McCormick (who had the winning goal in the final seconds of the state semifinals and a hat trick in the final). He literally carried that team."

1998-99 (29-1-3 and 25-2-6): We grouped these teams together because the nucleus was virtually the same. "What a great series of players. We've just never had a group, other than the 2001 group, that had more fun in training, made each other better in training by their hard work, and when we played games they were easy."

2000-01 (30-2): "That team was special because of the commitment they had. They were all on the same page, it was all about the team stepping up and winning."

Best team

As expected, Bauman winced at this question. But he acknowledged the 2001 club, which won the program's only national title and is the most heralded in school history, was "easily" the most committed to achieving its goal. "It's like maybe 1A and a lot of 1Bs if you could put it that way," he said.

By the numbers

1 Current Hillsborough County boys soccer coaches (Gaither's Eric Sims) who played for Bauman

2 30-win teams coached by Bauman

12 20-win teams coached by Bauman

14 State tournament appearances for Jesuit under Bauman

20 Consecutive years Jesuit has reached the postseason under Bauman

Did you know?

• Bauman, a 1981 USF graduate, played four seasons for the Bulls (then known as the Golden Brahmans).

• While attending law school at the University of Dayton, Bauman coached the first-year women's club soccer team that beat Ohio State. Initially, he had 70 players.

• Bauman grew up in Maryland Heights, Mo., outside St. Louis. His grandfather was a trainer for the Cardinals major league baseball team and St. Louis University.

Final thoughts on 500

"It means a lot because, one, it's a sign of longevity. It's also the fact that I've been able to enjoy having an impact on these young men's lives, with the focus always being academics first and the athletic portion second, and then having some success on the athletic level. I couldn't ask for anything more than that."


6A-8 at Wharton

Tuesday: Alonso (4) vs. Brandon (5), 7; Wednesday: Plant (1) vs. Alonso/Brandon winner, 6; Wharton (2) vs. Bloomingdale (3), 8; Friday: Final, 7

5A-9 at King

Monday: Freedom (3) vs. Hillsborough (6), 6; King (4) vs. Leto (5), 8; Tuesday: Gaither (2) vs. Chamberlain (7), 7; Wednesday: Gaither/Chamberlain winner vs. Freedom/Hillsborough winner, 6; Sickles (1) vs. King/Leto winner, 8; Friday: Final, 7

5A-8 at Durant

Monday: East Bay (4) vs. Riverview (5), 4; Tampa Bay Tech (7) vs. Newsome (2), 6; Durant (3) vs. Armwood (6), 8; Tuesday: Plant City (1) vs. East Bay/Riverview winner, 5; TBT/Newsome winner vs. Durant/Armwood winner, 7; Friday: Final, 7

4A-9 at Strawberry Crest

Monday: Steinbrenner (1) vs. Blake (8), 6; Robinson (4) vs. Strawberry Crest (5), 8; Tuesday: Lennard (3) vs. Jefferson (6), 6; Jesuit (2) vs. Middleton (7), 8; Wednesday: Lennard/Jefferson winner vs. Jesuit/Middleton winner, 6; Steinbrenner/Blake winner vs. Robinson/Strawberry Crest winner, 8; Friday: Final, 7

3A-10 at St. Pete CathOlic

Wednesday: Tampa Catholic (2) vs. Clearwater Central Catholic (3), 6; Berkeley Prep (1) vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (4), 8; Friday: Final, 7

2A-10 at Shorecrest

Monday: Farragut (4) vs. Northside (5), 5; St. Stephens (1) vs. Keswick (8), 7; Tuesday: Shorecrest (3) vs. Cambridge (6), 5; Out-of-Door (2) vs. Bradenton Christian (7), 7; Wednesday: Shorecrest/Cambridge winner vs. Out-of-Door/Bradenton Chr. winner, 5; Farragut/Northside winner vs. St. Stephens/Keswick winner, 7; Friday: Final, 7

2A-9 at Bishop McLaughlin

Monday: Bishop McLaughlin (3) vs. Academy at the Lakes (6), 3:30; Calvary Christian (4) vs. Hernando Christian (5), 5:30; Indian Rocks Christian (2) vs. Carrollwood Day (7), 7:30; Tuesday: Bishop McLaughlin/AATL winner vs. IRC/Carrollwood winner, 5; Calvary/Hernando Chr. winner vs. Tampa Prep (1), 7; Friday: Final, 7

2A-8 at Lakeland Christian

Monday: Lakeland Victory (4) vs. Winter Haven All Saints (5), 5; Seffner Christian (3) vs. Leesburg First Academy (6), 7; Tuesday: Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic (1) vs. Seffner Chr./First Academy winner, 5; Lakeland Christian (1) vs. Victory/All Saints' winner, 7; Friday: Final, 7

Hillsborough County boys soccer district preview 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 9:58pm]
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