2013-14 Men's Soccer Coaches
|YEAR AT FGCU:||1st Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Evansville '09|
Bringing a wealth of collegiate and professional experience at a young age, former Major League Soccer goalkeeper Alec Dufty begins his second season as an assistant coach with FGCU in the 2014 season.
In his first season on the FGCU sidelines in 2013, Dufty helped the Eagles become the first program in Atlantic Sun Conference history to win four straight regular-season championships courtesy of a 6-1-1 league record. The Green and Blue has 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).
After starting the season 0-5-1, the young Eagles – who did not have a senior on the roster – went 8-1-1 over their final 10 regular-season games. During that span FGCU out-scored its opponents 14-6, including 12-4 in A-Sun action.
Dufty coaches FGCU’s goalkeepers, and in 2013 redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danny George earned a position on the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team. George saw action in 14 games with 12 starts after beginning the season as the backup. In 1,221 minutes, the he recorded a save percentage of .763 with six shutouts and 45 saves. In A-Sun action he led the league with five shutouts in eight games, allowing just four goals. He produced a record of 8-4-2.
Dufty, who spent the 2012 year as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Illinois-Chicago, served three stints as a goalkeeper in the MLS, playing for the Chicago Fire (Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011), Columbus Crew (May-Nov. 2009) and New York Red Bulls (Jan.-April 2009). The 26-year-old Dufty also played for AC St. Louis of the North American Soccer League (Feb.-Oct. 2011), where he served as the club’s captain and was named the Most Valuable Player.
Collegiately, Dufty – who graduated in 2009 – was the starting goalkeeper and team captain in a four-year career (2005-08) at Evansville, where he garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades three times (2006, ’07, ’08). He was also a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team in preparation for the U-20 World Cup. During his college years, Dufty also played with the Raleigh Elite in the USL Premier Development League.
Dufty coached the Chicago Fire Juniors goalkeepers from May-August 2010, mentoring 10-18 year olds, including several Division-I goalkeeping prospects. Born in Binghamton, N.Y., the Raleigh, N.C., native also served as a soccer camp counselor and instructor at both Duke and Evansville during his collegiate playing days.
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