Men's Soccer Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU:||8th Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Tampa '85|
In just six seasons as men’s soccer head coach, Bob Butehorn has built the FGCU program from the ground up, growing it into a rising program in the South Region, leading it to four consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Butehorn’s resume includes over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, but his work at FGCU has arguably been his finest. Hired a year prior to the inaugural season in 2007, Butehorn has guided the Eagles to a 66-48-13 overall record in seven seasons, including a dominant 40-16-4 mark in the A-Sun. Under his direction, FGCU have spent a number of weeks in the national rankings by multiple media outlets, landing as high as No. 14 in the country at the start of the 2011 campaign.
An eye for talent and a true teacher of the game, Butehorn has coached 30 A-Sun All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program and joined the league in 2008.
In 2013, Butehorn coached the A-Sun Freshman of the Year for the third straight year. In total, Butehorn coached seven all-conference members, including three First Team selections, two Second Team picks and two All-Freshman members as FGCU claimed an unprecedented fourth-straight A-Sun regular-season title.
After the starting the season 0-5-1, the young Eagles - who did not have a senior on their roster - went 8-1-1 over their final 10 regular-season games. Butehorn has guided FGCU to a 28-3-2 record in A-Sun games since the start of the 2010 season. All three of its conference losses have come on the road, and out of a possible 99 points that could have been earned in that time, the Eagles have claimed an impressive 86 of them (86.9 percent).
In 2012, Butehorn led FGCU back to the NCAA Tournament as it claimed its second A-Sun Tournament title in as many years eligible.
In addition to its first two NSCAA All-Region selections and the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the Green and Blue landed the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2011. Also in 2011, Butehorn served as a U.S. Academy evaluator for the national playoffs in Frisco, Texas and was named to the NSCAA National Rankings Committee and the voting panel for Soccer Times.
During the 2011 season, Butehorn guided the Eagles into postseason competition in the program’s first year of eligibility. With a 12-6-2 overall record, FGCU won its second consecutive A-Sun Conference regular season crown with a 7-1 league mark while securing the A-Sun Tournament No. 1 overall seed. Butehorn’s Eagles earned the A-Sun’s automatic NCAA Championship berth after clinching the league tournament title with a pair of one-goal victories over No. 4 Mercer (2-1) and No. 6 ETSU (1-0), becoming the first team since 2004 to claim both the regular season and tournament titles in the same year.
Earning his second A-Sun Coach of the Year honor in 2011, Butehorn instructed the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in Xavier Silva, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection and College Soccer News preseason third team All-American in Josey Portillo, and one of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award national finalist in Adam Glick. The Green and Blue also landed three players on the A-Sun All-Conference first team, and pair of athletes on the second team and All-Freshmen squad. Additionally, Glick and Deion Jones were also selected to the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.
The 2010 season opened with the program’s first-ever nationally ranked wins over No. 13 USF and No. 5 Ohio State with the victory over the Bulls snapping their 30-game home unbeaten streak. The momentum of a great non-conference schedule propelled the Blue and Green into an undefeated 9-0 mark in the A-Sun where they out-scored their opponents by a staggering 26-2 margin. Just one of five schools in the nation to finish with an unblemished conference mark FGCU will take a 13-game A-Sun unbeaten streak into 2011, as it finished the season ranked No. 20 in the final Soccer America top 25 poll and No. 34 in the final NCAA RPI.
Butehorn’s influence also helped a league-best seven players earn A-Sun All-Conference honors in 2010, including a pair of NSCAA All-South Region selections and the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year. Glick took home the league’s top defensive honor after guiding the Eagles to nine shutouts while leading the A-Sun in five major categories. Portillo and Jones were also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region team for their efforts on the pitch in 2010, while Jones was also an ESPN Academic All-District 3 second team choice.
FGCU’s 2009 campaign was a tremendous stepping stone in the program’s recent success, as it marked the first time the Blue and Green finished with a winning record, holding an 8-7-1 mark. Butehorn coached the Eagles to wins in five of their final seven A-Sun contests en route to finishing in sole possession of third place (6-3), just four points away from the top spot. Butehorn highlighted five different Eagles earning A-Sun postseason honors, as he was named the Coach of the Year.
Butehorn has also placed a strong emphasis on hard work inside the classroom and in the community. Butehorn’s teams received the NSCAA Team Academic Award in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Additionally, the Blue and Green have made an effort to help those less fortunate in the community by annually volunteering their time at the local Salvation Army.
Butehorn joined FGCU after spending five seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the head coach at Atlantic 10 member 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 record 12 wins (12-6) in 1997, highlighted by a then-record seven victories in the A-10. He coached three All-Conference players, including the only Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in school history, and led St. Bonaventure to a 34-32-4 record 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 a program that eventually advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 1994.
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 (1997-98). 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 (1996-98) 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 the University of Tampa, he was a member of the soccer team that won the 1981 NCAA National Soccer Championship. Butehorn finished his graduate work and earned his Master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
Butehorn along with his wife, Cindy, reside in Naples with their two daughters, Madison and Jessica.
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