2014 Women's Soccer
Head Coach Rick Nussbaum
Contact information for Coach Nussbaum
Office phone: 419-358-3010
Patrick (Rick) Nussbaum is in his fifth year as head coach of both the men's and women's soccer programs after serving as an assistant for the five years prior to taking over the reins. "As an assistant coach for five seasons, Rick developed strong relationships with our student athletes and recruits. He believes in the mission of Bluffton University and he wants to be part of moving our athletics program to a new level," said Phill Talavinia, athletics director.
"It is a pleasure to announce Rick's appointment as head coach. In his interim role, Rick's leadership this past season yielded positive results both on and off the field," Talavinia said. "We are excited for Rick to draw from his past head coaching successes as he develops strong soccer programs at Bluffton."
In only his second season as head coach, Nussbaum led the women's team to its best-ever record in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (5-3-1) and an 11-5-2 mark overall en route to Bluffton's first ever HCAC championsip match. The men's team posted a 1-8 record in the conference and was 2-16 overall in 2011.
Nussbaum, who holds a master of business administration degree from the university, replaced Steve Smucker, who resigned after seven seasons as head men's and women's coach.
The Bluffton, Ohio, resident was also a member of the 1987 and 1988 men's teams at Hesston, where he earned an associate degree in liberal arts in 1989, as well as the 1989 and 1990 teams at Goshen College, where he received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1991. He was the assistant men's coach at Goshen from 1992-94.
Assistant Coach Meghan Taucher
Contact info for Coach TAUcher
Office phone: 419-358-3488
Meghan Taucher is in her second year as a graduate assistant for the Bluffton University women's soccer team. She graduated from Urbana University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a minor in Marketing. Taucher was inducted into the Academic Honor Society for both her junior and senior years. She received The Outstanding Overall Business Student Award for the 2012-213 academic year.
Taucher played goalkeeper for the Urbana University women's soccer team (NCAA DII). She earned Student Athlete of the Week during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, was a GMAC Player of the Week in 2012 and was selected all-conference and All-Ohio as well. Taucher was a two-year team captain. She earned the team MVP award and Players' Player Award as voted by teammates.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Taucher graduated from Bath High School in 2009 where she was a varsity starter for the soccer team, earning numerous team honors and all-league and all-district honors during high school career. Taucher has been a volunteer assistant coach for the Hogg Creak Summer Soccer League. In addition, she has worked with Grand Lake United and Bath High School keepers.
Taucher is continuing my education at Bluffton University in the Masters of Business Administration Program.
Assistant Coach Mustaq Ahmed
Contact info for Coach Ahmed
Office phone: 419-358-3237
Mustaq Ahmed returns to the Bluffton University soccer program for his eighth year as a women's assistant coach in 2014. He is also the buildings and grounds supervisor at Bluffton University.
Ahmed played soccer for Bluffton from 1974 through 1977 after arriving in the United States as a foreign student through MCC from Dhaka, Bangladesh, so he is very familiar with the university and the community of Bluffton.
From 1983-93, Ahmed coached youth soccer for Bluffton Family Recreation in the Black Swamp Soccer League (BSSL) during both the spring and fall seasons, developing his love for teaching the game to young players. He started the Under-14 travel teams for boys and girls in Bluffton, directing squads in the Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League. (NYOSL) His first girls' team took home the Spring Championship trophy in 1993.
In 1996, Ahmed started the girls' high school program at Bluffton and he led the team until 2002. While coaching at Bluffton High School, he was named the Division II Coach of the Year by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for District 4. Four times his squads competed in the district championship game and the Pirates were a regional finalist once during his tenure at Bluffton.
Recently, Ahmed led the Under-14 travel team for the West Central United based in Lima from 2004-07.
Ahmed resides near Bluffton with his wife of 36 years, Becki. They are the parents of Sarah, who lives in Columbus, and Sabrina, who was a two-time all-state selection from the Bluffton High School girl's soccer team and now lives in Findlay.