2010 Men's Soccer
Head Coach Rick Nussbaum
Contact information for Coach Nussbaum
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Patrick (Rick) Nussbaum, assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Bluffton University since 2005, has been named head coach of the two teams, Bluffton Athletics Director Phill Talavinia announced Thursday. "As an assistant coach for five seasons, Rick developed strong relationships with our student athletes and recruits. He believes in the mission of Bluffton University and he wants to be part of moving our athletics program to a new level," said Phill Talavinia, athletics director.
"It is a pleasure to announce Rick's appointment as head coach. In his interim role, Rick's leadership this past season yielded positive results both on and off the field," Talavinia said. "We are excited for Rick to draw from his past head coaching successes as he develops strong soccer programs at Bluffton."
Nussbaum, who holds a master of business administration degree from the university, replaces Steve Smucker, who resigned after seven seasons as head men's and women's coach.Nussbaum has previous head coaching experience as the men's coach at Hesston College from 2000-01 and as boys' coach at Elkhart (Ind.) Memorial High School, where his teams compiled a 77-50-11 record from 1992-2000.
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 Jason Cunningham
Contact info for Coach Cunningham
Bluffton University welcomes Jason Cunningham to the soccer coaching staff. Cunningham is a 2009 graduate of Cedarville University as a Dean's Honor List student with degrees in exercise science and sport management. He was a multi-sport standout at Cedarville High School and was an all-state defensive back in football as a senior.