2017 Men's Soccer
Head Coach James Kusak
Office phone: 419-358-3010
James Kusak is currently in his second year as the head men’s soccer coach at Bluffton University. Kusak came to Bluffton after serving as an assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Spalding University. During his first season, the Beavers improved on the field and look to continue their upward trajectory in 2017.
Kusak spent two years as the graduate assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach at Spalding University, an NCAA Division III program in Louisville, Ky., which is part of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. During his time at Spalding, Kusak helped both teams earn their first-ever postseason berths in the SLIAC tournament. The 2015 women’s team posted a 10-5-2 record and reached the SLIAC semifinal. The 2014 men’s team went 12-6-1 and also reached the SLIAC semifinal. The men’s team finished with the second best scoring offense in the nation.
Prior to that, he was assistant men’s soccer coach from 2012-2014 at Centre College in Danville, Ky., where he also played as an undergrad. In 2012, the team was named Southern Athletic Association Champions. The team reached the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament after defeating the defending national champions in the opening round match.
He was also assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach for Hendrix College for the 2011-12 school year. In 2011, the women’s team earned their first ever trip to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Kusak played for Centre College from 2006-09. He was named second team All-SCAC, two-time captain and MVP of the 20th Bob Allen Nissan Classic. He was a two-time member of the SCAC All-Academic Team. The center midfielder helped the Colonels to a 55-17-4 record as a player, during which Centre earned three second place finishes in the SCAC.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Kusak has served as the director of the Central Kentucky Soccer Club U9/U10 Academy. He also led the Louisville Soccer Alliance U23 team to two regional championship runner-ups. Kusak earned his National Soccer Coaches Association of America diploma in 2012 and has a United States Soccer Federation license.
He earned a bachelor of arts in history from Centre College in 2010. Kusak completed his Master’s degree in Business Communication and Leadership from Spalding University in May of 2015. Kusak currently resides in Bluffton with his wife Anne and their dog Roscoe.
Assistant Coach David Malaquias
Contact info for Coach MALAQUIAS
Office phone: 419-358-3373
David Malaquias is entering his first season the graduate assistant coach for men’s soccer. Malaquias is a native of Vila Velha, Brazil, and moved to the United States at the age of 13. He was a 4-year varsity letterman, leading the Kingsway Regional High School team to a 19-4 season with an appearance on the South Jersey Group III Final, netting 12 goals and nine assists his senior year. Malaquias played club soccer with Cherry Hill Phoenix 94 and helped the team achieve a remarkable appearance in the top 50 GotSoccer.com National Ranking.
Malaquias went on to play college soccer at Misericordia University and earned honorable mention as a freshman in the MAC Freedom Conference, along with an appearance against Montclair State in the NCAA National Tournament. He was a key component in the steady rise of the program as Misericordia continues to contend for MAC championships. During his time there, the program earned three MAC Freedom Championship appearances, taking second place his senior year.
Throughout Malaquias' undergraduate studies, he has had numerous impressive internship opportunities. He had the pleasure of working twice with the NCAA DIII Regional Baseball Tournament in Moosic, PA. Another internship opportunity Malaquias seized was with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins where Marketing and Game Night Entertainment were a part of his role. Malaquais accepted a 10-week internship in Manchester, UK, with the Manchester County Football Association (MCFA).
Malaquias earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management in 2017 from Misericordia University.