2006 Men's Soccer
Head Coach Steve Smucker
Contact information for Coach Smucker
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Head coach Steve Smucker enters his fourth year at Bluffton University where he will continue to build the program as both teams bring improving numbers into the 2006 campaign. In 2005, the men's team doubled its win total from the previous year with a 6-13 overall record. A young women's team took its bumps, going 2-12, but looks to improve on that record with a talented group of seasoned sophomores and a strong class of incoming freshman.
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 Rick Nussbaum
Contact info for Coach Nussbaum
Office phone: 419-358-3373
Rick Nussbaum enters his second season as graduate assistant coach for the Bluffton
University men's and women's soccer teams. Last season, Nussbaum helped lead the men's
team to a 6-13 finish, while the women's squad ended the season with a 2-12 record.
Nussbaum continues to play soccer and enjoys watching sports that include volleyball and baseball; he also keeps up on the Cleveland Browns and Indians.
Nussbaum resides in Bluffton with his wife, Aphaphanh and their son, Logan, who is three years old. He and his wife are looking forward to the birth of their second child in November.