Head Coach Sean Elvert
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Bluffton University has named Sean Elvert as its next head men’s soccer coach.
Elvert returns to Bluffton after serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Ohio Northern University for the past year. The two years prior, he was the assistant men’s soccer coach at Bluffton and briefly led the team as the interim head coach. In both assistant roles, he gained significant experience in recruiting, day-to-day operations and player training.
He will start head coaching duties in July.
“I couldn’t be more excited to take on the head coaching responsibility at Bluffton University,” said Elvert. “I am focused on developing well-rounded student-athletes who integrate themselves into the campus community, while finding success in and out of the classroom. I want to thank Phil Talavinia, athletic director, for this opportunity.”
Over the past three years, Elvert has also held various roles within Ohio Extreme Soccer Club which included being a director of multiple programs.
As a Naperville, Ill. native, Elvert played collegiately at Division III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. During his tenure as a goalkeeper with the program, the team won three conference championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. In those three appearances, they made two runs to the “Final Four” and one trip the “Sweet 16”.
He holds a United Soccer Coaches National Diploma and multiple goalkeeping diplomas.
Elvert earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Loras College in 2015 and a Master of Business Administration from Bluffton University in 2017. He takes over for James Kusak who served as head coach for two years.
Assistant Coach David Malaquias
Contact info for Coach MALAQUIAS
Office phone: 419-358-3373
David Malaquias is entering his second 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.