Coaching Vacancies and Changes (Soccer) Always a hot topic this time of the year

Coaching Vacancies and Changes - Always a hot topic this time of the year

Stanford - Jeremy Gunn replaces Bret Simon. Simon resigned as the Cardinal head coach at the conclusion of the 2011 season after serving in that capacity for eleven seasons. Simon took over the Cardinal program in 2001 when Bobby Clark left the Farm to become the head coach at Notre Dame. Simon took Stanford to the Final Four in 2001 and 2002 and to the Round of 16 in 2009. His overall record at Stanford was 94-89-30 including a 6-10-2 record in 2010. During Simon’s tenure Stanford struggled on the offensive side of the ball.

Gunn comes to the Farm after serving five seasons as the head coach at Charlotte where he took the 49ers to two NCAA appearances including a brilliant run to the national championship match in 2011. Gunn’s overall record at Charlotte was 64-26-14. Prior to that he was the head coach at Division II Fort Lewis College where he won the Division II Championship in 2005. Gunn had a very impressive 123-35-17 mark at Fort Lewis. Prior to that Gunn served as an assistant coach at CSU Bakersfield where he also played collegiate soccer.

Gunn looks to be a solid hire for Stanford. His west coast ties along with the success he enjoyed at Charlotte and Fort Lewis should prepare him well for the challenges he will face in making Stanford competitive once again in the Pac 12 and on the national scene. Gunn takes over a program with a 2010 recruiting class that was ranked by College Soccer News as the tenth best in the country.

Charlotte - Kevin Langan replaces Jeremy Gunn. Gunn’s unexpected departure resulted in Charlotte making the somewhat unexpected move of promoting associate head coach Kevin Langan to take over the reigns of the program. Langan served as an assistant coach under Gunn for the past three seasons and was viewed favorably by the existing players. Before coming to Charlotte, he spent four years as the head boy’s coach of the Classics Elite Soccer Academy in San Antonio, Texas. Langan played collegiate soccer for Division II University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Charlotte Athletic Director Judy Rose stated, “Kevin has been an integral part of the success of our soccer program. I am confident that the continuity of his leadership along with his strong knowledge of soccer will provide a smooth transition for our returning players and will be extremely attractive to prospective players.”

Charlotte currently plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The 49ers are in the beginning stages of adding football to their menu of sports which means that the potential exists down the road for the 49ers to be an attractive addition to several other conferences. This is a program with a ton of potential but it remains to be seen whether Langan will be able to build on the momentum that currently exists.

I think Langan will get the job done - As always key will be getting more players that can take the Niners to the next level. To do that I feel the Niners need to get some creative midfielders and some forwards with good speed.

I totally agree with you on Coach Langan at the helm we will not miss a beat. We still have tons of talented “High Speed” Forwards Donnie, Gentile, Rex. And, for creative Midfielders we have more than enough from Will, Owen, Aidan, Jennings, Tyler, Isaac to name a few. I have heard good things about new comers Kyle Parker (Central Midfielder) and Brandon Kardos (D) from Charlotte Soccer Academy. IMHO, 49ers soccer future is super bright. Did I mention we need to sign a “Singing Forward” to fill Evan’s shoes? :smiley:

Jeremy Gunn talks about his new Stanford job Article Written By J.R. Eskilson, ESNN
Following a Cinderella run to the 2011 NCAA National Championship game, Charlotte head coach Jeremy Gunn was one of the hottest names among
coaches in college soccer.

In his five seasons with the 49ers, he developed a program with limited postseason success into a prominent national contender. It was a remarkable turnaround in a brief period.

Shortly after he closed in on the apex of building the 49ers program, a new opportunity was presented to Gunn that he could not pass up.

“It was not that I had any great desire to leave Charlotte,” Gunn told on Wednesday. “It was the opportunity to join one of the finest academic institutions in the world, and arguably the best athletics program in the country, was too big of a draw.”

It was only one week after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to North Carolina in the title game, the first trip in program history for Charlotte, when he bid adieu to the Atlantic-10 program.

“I’ll think about that game every day for a long time,” said Gunn about the loss. “The wonderful part about the championship game is that we couldn’t ask anything more from the team, staff, and players. I couldn’t have been any prouder for how our players played that game.”

Now, a fresh challenge awaits Gunn in the Stanford Cardinal program that has only appeared in the NCAA tournament once since 2002.

A decade ago though, Stanford was the best in the west. The Cardinal appeared in three College Cups in four years and captured its only PAC-10 title during that spell.

Gunn believes the program is capable of returning to those days of glory.

'“There will be no excuses here,” said Gunn. “I came here because I really think it is one of the best opportunities in college soccer.”

There is a reason for Stanford fans to be excited about Gunn’s appointment. The England-born coach has been successful at every stop in his college career.

Prior to his stint with Charlotte, he was the NSCAA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 2005 with Fort Lewis after making three trips to the title game in eight years. Before Fort Lewis, he was an assistant coach with Cal State Bakersfield when the Roadrunners won the Division II National Championship in 1995.

Gunn is humble about his accomplishments and his new role, even though he beat out a who’s who of coaches for the Stanford job.

“It is really flattering and really humbling. In the profession of college coaching, there are so many tremendous coaches out there. The timing was great for me personally that such an opportunity arose at a time when my program was successful.”

Gunn seized the opportunity to take on the next step in his coaching career when Stanford came calling, even though some amount of doubt surrounds his new conference.

During the college soccer offseason, San Diego State, which is a member of the Pac-12 for men’s soccer, announced it would be joining the Big West for all sports in the near future. With the Aztecs departure, the Pac-12 would fall below the required members standard for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

“Even with San Diego State moving on, I am sure there are going to be some great programs that are interested in joining the Pac-12,” said Gunn.

For the new head coach, there are more immediate concerns that mainly revolve around laying the groundwork to put together a successful program with his new school.

“The biggest thing to begin with is that foundation of getting organized as a group and getting the structure I’ll be looking for in the future.”

The coach also stated that all players previously verbally committed to Stanford were still planning on attending the university after the coaching change.

With previous successes come expectations and Gunn is aware that there is pressure on him to succeed in a similar manner to his previous stops, but putting a timeframe on achieving those types of accomplishments is not something he is willing to do at this point.

“The goal is always to do that as quickly as possible,” he said about winning league titles and other postseason triumphs. “But to give a timeline on it, I couldn’t even go there really.”[/quote]

Saw where the Pac-12 has only five members for mens soccer - SD State did play to make the min 6 required for automatic trnm bid, but now they are leaving. UCLA has owned the Pac - 5, basically since they have been the only serious program for a number of years -> Here’s a case where the A-14 clearly outshines the Pac - 5 for mens soccer. I’m not sold on the Pac-5.

You have a strong point, NinerFan. I see Washington Huskies with the record of 12-4-2 and 7-3-0 conference play in 2011 may be the next power house of PAC 5 in 2012 under the guidance of Coach Jamie Clark.
Stanford will be a major player in a couple of years with Coach Gunn. All Pac-5 needs is another player to gain an auto bid as you stated. If they can lure up rising UC Riverside away from the Big West with COY Junior Gonzalez. Pac 5 may get to make noise again in the very near future.