Building a Program: Florida Gulf Coast University’s Rise to National Prominence
By Maura Gladys, THE USA 10 KIT
What do you do when you don’t have a past? You build a future. Bob Butehorn has done just that, taking Florida Gulf Coast University from a non-existent soccer program to a nationally-ranked team with high aspirations in just four years. Now, with the team eligible for post-season play for the first time in program history, the squad is shooting for even greater heights.
Butehorn was hired in 2007 and was charged with the task of recruiting players for a soccer program in its infancy, with no guarantee of seeing post-season play. In the four years that the FGCU men’s soccer team has been in existence, the university has been in the process of transitioning from a Division II to a Division I school. Because of that transition, the soccer team has been ineligible for post-season play. Not the best selling point for a coach trying to build a program.
But Butehorn had a vision and a message for his recruits. Be a part of something special. Go to any other school and play for four years. Come to FGCU and start a program, leave a legacy.
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