|YEAR AT FGCU:||1st Season|
|ALMA MATER:||Penn '07|
FGCU men’s soccer head coach Bob Butehorn announced the addition of a familiar face to his coaching staff, as former Major League Soccer (MLS) and University of Penn goalkeeper Danny Cepero was named an assistant coach.
Cepero, who played three seasons in the New York Red Bulls organization, was an All-Ivy League goalkeeper at Penn where Butehorn served as an assistant for five years prior to coming to Southwest Florida.
In his first season on staff in 2011, Cepero worked closely with FGCU’s group of goalkeepers which included an Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist and All-America first team selection in senior Adam Glick, and the A-Sun Tournament MVP in freshman Nathan Ingham. Under his direction, the goalkeeping tandem combine for a 12-6-2 overall record in net, recording a 1.11 goals against average and a .772 save percentage to go with four shutouts.
During the 2011 season, Cepero helped coach the Eagles into postseason competition in the program’s first year of eligibility. The Green and Blue secured the program’s second consecutive A-Sun Conference regular season crown with a 7-1 league mark while clinching the A-Sun Tournament No. 1 overall seed. The 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.
Penn’s all-time leader in shutouts with 23, Cepero was a three-year starter for the Quakers from 2004-06, before being selected in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft. Cepero made 51 starts over his four years in Philadelphia, accumulating an 18-10-3 record over the final two seasons, highlighted back-to-back campaigns with eight shutouts. As a senior in 2006, he posted a 0.76 goals against average (GAA) en route to being a unanimous All-Ivy first team choice and NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team selection.
Cepero’s professional career began on the New York Red Bulls reserves for the 2007 campaign before making his first career MLS start on Oct. 18, 2008 against the Columbus Crew. In that game, Cepero picked up the win in net and became the first goalie in MLS history to score a goal when he drilled home a free kick from 81-yards out. Cepero went on to start all four of New York’s playoff games, posting back-to-back shutout wins at Houston and Real Salt Lake before starting the franchise’s first-ever MLS Cup Final.