USF Appoints Bob Butehorn As Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Bob Butehorn Becomes USF Men’s Soccer Head Coach

It has been a busy past few weeks for USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan, who announced Sunday the appointment of Bob Butehorn as the USF men’s soccer head coach.

Butehorn is a three-time coach of the year that has led teams to six conference titles and four NCAA Tournament appearances since 2010.

A member of the University of Tampa’s 1981 national championship team, Butehorn led Florida Gulf Coast University’s men’s soccer to six conference regular season championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and Top 25 rankings in five seasons.

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Butehorn has over 20 years of collegiate coaching on his resume. He spent 10 seasons as head coach at FGCU, building the program from scratch. He was hired a year before the school’s inaugural season in 2007, leading the Eagles to a 95-62-23 record in 10 seasons, and 52-18-7 in the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN).

“Bob Butehorn has been tremendously successful winning, recruiting and developing student-athletes in the state of Florida, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome him back to Tampa as the new leader of our men’s soccer program,” Harlan said in a statement released by USF. “We welcome Bob, his wife, Cindy, and his daughters, Madison and Jessica, to the Bulls Family. It is an exciting time for men’s soccer at USF and we anticipate great things to come with Bob as our head coach.”

“I want to thank Mark Harlan and USF Athletics leadership, Mrs. Corbett and the entire selection committee for the opportunity to lead the USF men’s soccer program,” Butehorn said in a statement released by USF. “I share their passion for the program and excitement for the future of USF soccer. I’m honored by their selection and look forward to getting started.”

Butehorn was named the ASUN Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2011 and 2015) during his time at FGCU and the NSCAA Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

In 2015 FGCU had players named the ASUN Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.

Before building the FGCU program, Butehorn spent five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that he was the head coach at Atlantic 10 member St. Bonaventure University from 1995-99. Butehorn was also an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and has coached a number of amateur players from the East Region as the Region I Festival Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation (1996-98). He also led the east squad to two gold medals and saw 12 of his players eventually join Major League Soccer teams.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.