In just his second season at the helm of the Wake Forest men's soccer program, head coach Bobby Muuss guided the Demon Deacons to the 2016 NCAA College Cup and finished as the national runners-up.
Previously an assistant coach at Wake Forest from 2001-07, Muuss returned to the Demon Deacons as the program's fourth head coach on Jan. 8, 2015. Muuss spent the previous eight years serving as head coach at University of Denver from 2007-14.
His 2016 Demon Deacons finished the year with a 19-3-3 overall record and claimed the program's first ACC Tournament title since 1989, just the second in program history. Wake Forest has captured the ACC Regular Season championship in each of his first two seasons, achieving a 36-6-5 overall record in that span.
He coached three first team NSCAA All-Americans in 2016 - Jacori Hayes, Ian Harkes and Alec Ferrell - marking the first time in team history three Deacs have earned the honor in the same season. Harkes also claimed the MAC Hermann Trophy - the top individual award in college soccer - becoming just the second Deacon all-time to accomplish that feat.
Hayes was named the Men's Soccer Senior CLASS Award winner, becoming the second in program history, while Harkes was the first player in conference history named the ACC Midfielder of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player in program history.
The on-field successes earned Muuss his second-straight ACC Coach of the Year honor, joining Jay Vidovich (2008-09) and Bruce Arena (1988-89) as the only others to win that award in consecutive seasons. Muuss replaced 21-year head coach Jay Vidovich after the 2014 season, who is now the head men's soccer coach at Pittsburgh after spending one year as head coach of the USLPRO team T2 in the Portland Timbers' organization.
Wake Forest has outscored opponents 84-25 over his first two seasons, combining for 26 shutouts in that span.
In Muuss's first season at Wake Forest, he engineered one of the most successful seasons the program has seen in guiding the Demon Deacons to a 17-3-2 record to go with a regular-season ACC championship and a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship as the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. At season's end, Muuss was named the ACC's Coach of the Year, becoming the fourth coach in conference history to earn the honor in his first season with the team.
During the 2015 season, Muuss helped Jack Harrison become the first player in ACC men's soccer history to earn conference Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season. Harrison scored a team-high eight goals and 11 assists for 27 points on his way to being named a NSCAA First Team All-American, MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, and NSCAA All-South Region First Team member while garnering First Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team honors. He also helped Harrison, Ian Harkes and Jacori Hayes in earning First Team All-ACC honors while helping Michael Gamble and Alec Ferrell to Second Team All-ACC and Jon Bakero to Third Team All-ACC honors.
At the end of the 2015 season, both Harrison and Gamble were selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Harrison became Wake Forest's first men's soccer player taken No. 1 overall by the Chicago Fire while Gamble was picked 30th overall by the New England Revolution.
In his eight seasons at Denver, Muuss compiled an overall record of 74-56-25 with a 39-20-10 mark in Summit League play. He was named Summit League Coach of the Year in 2013 after guiding the Pioneers to a 13-3-4 record and a perfect 6-0-0 mark in conference play. Under his leadership, Denver won Summit League titles in 2013 and 2014 and captured the league tournament title both seasons, earning back-to-back bids to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.
In his final two seasons at Denver, Muuss won 17-straight games. He coached Zach Bolden to a four-round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected by the Chicago Fire. It marked the fifth Pioneer to be taken in the last six drafts. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Muuss had three players earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.
Before Denver, Muuss spent six seasons at Wake Forest as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Vidovich. He helped land top-20 recruiting classes in each of his six years. During that time, Wake Forest made the NCAA Tournament each season, including twice as the nation's top-ranked team.
Muuss worked closely with Deacon goalie Brian Edwards, who set school records with 13 shutouts in 2006 and 31 in his career. He also coached standout players such as Michael Parkhurst, Sam Cronin, James Riley and Stephen Keel.
Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Muuss was a volunteer assistant at Connecticut. While there, the Huskies won the 2000 national championship, three BIG EAST regular season titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
A native of East Islip, New York, Muuss transferred to UConn from Southern Connecticut State and earned his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1999 in communication science. While at Southern, Muuss was a member of the 1995 Division II National Championship team.