Long Term Vision

Dec. 5, 2013

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By Jennifer Clark

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury has announced the signing of men’s soccer head coach Bryan Cunningham to an extension through the 2017 season.

“I’m very excited,” said Cunningham of his extension. “I’m really proud of the accomplishments of the program over the last seven seasons, and excited for the future with the core group that we have and the freshmen we have coming in. We’re very excited about what we’re going to do over the next four years, and I’m extremely thankful to Mr. Stansbury and President Hitt for their continued support.” 

Cunningham recently completed his seventh season with UCF, guiding the 2013 Knights to an 8-5-5 record and a 4-1-3 mark in the American Athletic Conference’s inaugural season. The Knights were also the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. UCF posted a nine-match unbeaten streak during the 2013 campaign, playing more than six weeks without a loss. 

The Knights defeated Memphis, 2-1, in sudden victory overtime at home in the quarterfinals of The American tournament before falling to College Cup semifinalist UConn, 2-0, in the semifinal round in Dallas. Cunningham led his team to a ninth-place ranking in the NSCAA South Region.

Since his arrival, Cunningham has led the Knights to four conference semifinal matches and a pair of trips to the second round of the NCAA Championship. He also coached three MLS SuperDraft picks over the last two years, including breakout rookie Deshorn Brown along with Kevan George and Warren Creavalle.

“Bryan has done a remarkable job with our men’s soccer team," said Stansbury. "He has built a nationally-competitive program here at UCF and his leadership will continue to be important as that program moves forward.”

Cunningham has already begun reloading for next season. The Knights will return 80 percent of their squad for 2014.