Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 14, 2008) - After twenty-nine years at JBU and over forty years of teaching and coaching, longtime John Brown University’s head men’s soccer Bob Gustavson has announced that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2008-2009 school year.
“It’s never easy to walk away from something you enjoy doing,” said Gustavson. “Pat and I have enjoyed our time serving the Lord with all of you and consider it a privilege to have worked alongside you over these many years. We now look forward to spending more time with each other, and with our children and grandchildren.”
Gustavson, who began his tenure with JBU in 1980, is the all-time winningest coach in JBU history with 308 wins to date. Under his direction, the team has enjoyed tremendous success, including back-to-back NCCAA National Championships (1983, 1984), top 20 rankings, 20 post season tournament appearances, four trips to the NAIA national tournament (1988, 1993, 2002, 2003), several district and regional championships, and he’s had numerous players receive All-American and Scholar Athlete honors.
Gustavson has also received top coaching honors throughout his career. He has been selected by his peers twelve times as the District Coach of the Year and four times as NAIA Regional Coach of the Year. In 1993, he was voted the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Umbro Midwest Coach of the Year, and in 1994, he served as coach of the 1994 West squad in the Umbro Senior Classic. In 2000 and 2002, he was named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and NAIA Regional Coach of the Year. Before coming to JBU, Gustavson first coached soccer in Tolland, Conn. and then moved on to revitalize the programs at Brandeis University (Ma.) and Barrington College (R.I). In addition, he coached in the Rhode Island Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer program, and was the program director for a successful New England summer soccer camp.
JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has expressed gratitude to Gustavson for building JBU soccer into a nationally recognized program.
“We are so thankful for what Coach Gustavson has done for this program over the last twenty-nine years,” said Daugherty. “He has put so much time and effort into his players and he leaves this program in great shape for the next coach, with a great group of student-athletes and a winning tradition.”
Daugherty added that with the team still in the middle of the season, the search process for a new coach will begin later in the semester.
Currently, Gustavson’s squad is 6-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the SAC standings.