2007 Men's Soccer
Head Coach Steve Smucker
Contact information for Coach Smucker
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Head coach Steve Smucker enters his fifth year at Bluffton University where he will continue to build as deep and talented freshmen classes look to bolster the soccer program in 2007. The men finished the 2006 campaign with a 4-12 record, including a 3-5 mark in the Heartland Conference, while the women went 3-14 last year.
Prior to coaching at Bluffton, Smucker taught physical education and coached boys soccer at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. In 2002, he led Dock to its first ever state soccer title, earning five separate Coach of the Year honors in the process, including recognition from the Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Philadelphia Inquirer. During his tenure as the head coach at Christopher Dock, Smucker also led his team to six district titles in eight years, including the school's first district title in 1996, accruing a record of 118 wins, 67 losses and 12 ties.
An Ohio native and graduate of Central Christian High School, Kidron, OH, Smucker went on to earn all-conference honors as a player both at Hesston and Goshen. Smucker's education includes degrees from Hesston College (KS), Goshen College (IN), and Temple University (PA).
He is also a fully licensed coach with the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Smucker has extensive soccer clinician experience and is also very involved in his church and community.
Smucker resides in rural Pandora with his wife, Judy, and children, Tristan and Sophia.
Assistant Coach Arnie Sharp
Contact info for Coach Sharp
Arnie Sharp joins the Bluffton University soccer program as the graduate assistant coach for the 2007 season. Sharp comes to Bluffton after spending the previous six years as head coach at Hesston College.
Sharp rebuilt the program at Hesston during his tenure as head coach. The season prior to Sharp's first at Hesston, the Larks had won only one game and scored only three goals for the season. During his fourth year at the helm, Sharp led the team to a huge win over #5 nationally ranked Johnson County. Hesston's soccer program has seen tremendous growth as a result of Sharp's recruiting skills and his ability to teach the game.
Sharp played soccer while he was a student at Lewis Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado. He continued to play at Hesston College, where he earned all-district honors, and then at Eastern Mennonite University where he graduated in 1990. At EMU he earned first-team all-conference honors and VISSA second team honors. He was voted offensive player of the year following his junior season, and named captain and MVP during his final season.
He holds an Advanced National Diploma and a Level II Goalkeeping Certificate from the NSCAA.
Sharp currently resides in Bluffton.
Assistant Coach Prem Thepa