2015 Men's Soccer
Head Coach Rick Nussbaum
Contact information for Coach Nussbaum
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Patrick (Rick) Nussbaum is in his sixth year as head coach of the men's soccer team after serving as an assistant for the five years prior to taking over the reins.. He was also the head women's coach for the past five years before the soccer programs were split following the 2014 campaign.
In only his second season as head coach, Nussbaum led the women's team to its best-ever record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (5-3-1) and an 11-5-2 mark overall en route to Bluffton's first ever HCAC championsip match.
Nussbaum, who holds a master of business administration degree from the university, replaced Steve Smucker, who directed the soccer programs for seven seasons.
The Bluffton, Ohio, resident was also a member of the 1987 and 1988 men's teams at Hesston, where he earned an associate degree in liberal arts in 1989, as well as the 1989 and 1990 teams at Goshen College, where he received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1991. He was the assistant men's coach at Goshen from 1992-94.
Currently, Nussbaum is youth boys director of coaching and board member for the Findlay (Ohio) Soccer Club.
A licensed soccer official, he has also been athletic director at Dayton Christian High School (2001-05); head coach of the Dayton Galaxies, a U-18 boys' soccer team (2003-04); and manager of the Elkhart Soccer Arena (1994-95).
Nussbaum holds an Advanced National License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as well as a Level II Goalkeeping Certificate. He currently resides in Bluffton with his wife Aphaphanh and his two children, Logan and Sydney.
Assistant Coach Sean Elvert
Contact info for Coach Elvert
Sean Elvert joined the Bluffton University coaching staff from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Sean graduated from Loras in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Public Relations. While attending Loras, Coach Elvert was a goalkeeper for the Loras Men's soccer program.
Assistant Coach Chris White
Chris White returns to the soccer coaching staff for the 2014 season. White graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1993 with a degree in biology. He continued his education with a Master's degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a Master of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary in Springfield, Mo.
Coach White joins the staff with many years of experience at the club level including stints with Cooper City Cobras Soccer Club (Cooper City, Fla.), Harrison Twp. (Mich.) and Cory-Rawson Soccer Club (Rawson, Ohio) as well as Junior College experience at Columbus State (Ohio). His coaching credentials include certifications from NSCAA and NFHS and he is a Grade 8 referee.
Chris and his wife Beth live in rural Bluffton with their three children, Rebekah, Daniel and Matthew.