Kevin Bacher enters his seventh season with the Connecticut
men’s soccer staff as the Huskies’ goalkeeping coach. Under his tutelage,
sophomore goalie Josh Ford enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in program
history last year, all as a freshman. He finished the season in a tie for first
in all-time in wins (20) and second in shutouts (14) in a single season, while
being named to the Third Team All-BIG EAST and earning BIG EAST Tournament
Defensive MVP recognition.
Prior to working his magic with Ford, Bacher guided Adam
Schuerman through his four-year career at UConn. In his senior season in 2005,
Schuerman became the school leader in shutouts with 38 and tallied the
second-most wins (52) in program history. In addition, Schuerman flourished
nationally under Bacher’s guidance, moving up to No. 2 in the NCAA in shutouts
(14) and No. 3 in GAA with a 0.56 average.
In addition to his work training the goalies, Bacher oversees
team travel arrangements, group ticket sales to local youth soccer clubs and the
men’s soccer team’s budget. He also plays an integral role in the team’s
outreach initiatives, working closely with UConn’s marketing staff to bring in
fans through various promotions and activities. Bacher has been a key force in
driving ticket sales that have led to UConn’s first-place finish in national
attendance in four of the six years he has been with the Huskies.
One of the many contributing forces behind the increased fan
base is the formation of "The Goal Patrol." Over the past three seasons, Bacher
has created and expanded this student-based support organization that now has
over 150 members.
On the side, he is the Director of Coaching for the Northeast
United, a premier soccer club in Connecticut, as well as the Assistant Director
of the Ray Reid Soccer School.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Bacher spent one season as
the assistant coach at Cornell in 2001 following four years as the starting
goalkeeper at Syracuse. At Cornell, Bacher worked with the corps of goalkeepers,
while also assisting in recruiting and scouting. During that time, he also
served as the head goalkeeper coach for the 2001 Eastern New York State Olympic
During his four-year playing career at Syracuse, Bacher was
named the preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year in 2000, and was named to
the All-BIG EAST Second Team in the postseason of that year. A two-time team MVP
in 1999 and 2000, Bacher was also chosen to the NSCAA All-Northeast Regional
Team as a senior.
While a student-athlete, he served as an instructor at the
Tom Bouklas Soccer Camp, as well as the goalkeeper coach at Christian Brothers
Academy in Syracuse from 1997-2000. He also worked as the goalkeeper coach at
the Academy of Excellence Soccer Camps.
Bacher also played for a pair of semi-professional teams
during the course of his college career. In 1999, he was a member of the New
Jersey Imperials, and he played for the Grand Rapids Explosion in 1997. During
his high school career at St. John the Baptist on Long Island, he was a member
of the Region I Olympic Development Team in 1995 and 1996, and he was on the
Eastern New York State Olympic Development Team in 1993 and 1996.
Bacher graduated from Syracuse in 2003 with an undergraduate
degree in geography.