In eight seasons as men’s soccer head coach, Bob Butehorn has built the FGCU program from the ground up, growing it into a rising program in the South Region, leading it to a record 5 consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference regular season championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances in its first two years of eligibility in 2011 and 2012.
Butehorn’s resume includes over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, but his work at FGCU has arguably been his finest. Hired a year prior to the inaugural season in 2007, Butehorn has guided the Eagles to a 47-36-8 overall record, including a 32-15-3 mark in the A-Sun. Under his direction, FGCU have spent a number of weeks in the national rankings by multiple media outlets, landing as high as No. 14 in the country at the start of the 2011 campaign.
An eye for talent and a true teacher of the game, Butehorn has coached 23 A-Sun All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program and joined the league in 2008. In addition to its first two NSCAA All-Region selections and the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, the Green and Blue landed the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in 2011. Also in 2011, Butehorn served as a U.S. Academy evaluator for the national playoffs in Frisco, Texas and was named to the NSCAA National Rankings Committee and the voting panel for Soccer Times.
In 2014, Butehorn led the Eagles to an unprecendented 5th consecutive Atlantic Sun regular season title. Since the start of the 2010 season, FGCU has a 32-4-3 record in conference play, claiming 87% of possible points. He has coached the past three A-Sun Freshmen of the Year, including 2012 winner Felipe DeSouza and 2013 winner Isaiah Madrid.
During the 2011 season, Butehorn guided the Eagles into postseason competition in the program’s first year of eligibility. With a 12-6-2 overall record, FGCU won its second consecutive A-Sun Conference regular season crown with a 7-1 league mark while securing the A-Sun Tournament No. 1 overall seed. Butehorn’s 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.
Earning his second A-Sun Coach of the Year honor in 2011, Butehorn instructed the A-Sun Freshman of the Year in Xavier Silva, a MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List selection and College Soccer News preseason third team All-American in Josey Portillo, and one of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award national finalist in Adam Glick. The Green and Blue also landed three players on the A-Sun All-Conference first team, and pair of athletes on the second team and All-Freshmen squad. Additionally, Glick and Deion Jones were also selected to the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.