WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Bobby Muuss, who served as an assistant coach under current UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid from 1997-2000, has been hired as the head men’s soccer coach at Wake Forest, as announced by the school on Thursday.
Muuss joined the UConn coaching staff after playing for Reid at Southern Connecticut State University, where the two led the Owls to the 1995 National Championship. Muuss would transfer to UConn two years later, becoming a volunteer assistant coach for the Huskies.
Muuss and Reid’s success at SCSU immediately carried over to Storrs. UConn captured three Big East Regular Season titles (1998, 1999, 2000) and once conference championship (1999) throughout Muuss’s stint at Connecticut, and the Huskies qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of his last three seasons with the team. UConn reached two Final Fours (1999, 2000) during his tenure, and in 2000 Reid and Muuss helped deliver UConn its third-ever National Championship and second NCAA Title.
While at Connecticut, Muuss primarily worked with the Husky goalkeepers, as he trained players such as Matt Chavlovich and Bryheem Hancock. Chavlovich is second all-time in program history in wins (53), and his 33.9 shutouts and 0.71 goals against average rank in the top-five among all UConn goalkeepers. Hancock tallied 29 shutouts throughout his career at Connecticut, good for the fifth all-time, and his 44 wins and 0.70 goals against average are both the fourth-best mark for the Huskies.
“Bobby Muuss us one of the top young coaches in the country,” Reid said. “He has left his mark at every program he was worked at. He will do a fantastic job at Wake.”
Following his time in Storrs, Muuss spent six seasons (2001-06) at Wake Forest as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Demon Deacons. He continued to work with goalkeepers at Wake Forest, helping to guide the team to the NCAA Tournament in each of his six years in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons won a program-best 18 times and reached the College Cup for the first time ever in 2006, and in 2007 Wake Forest won the National Championship with the players that had been recruited by Muuss.
Prior to Thursday’s hire, Muuss served as the head soccer coach at the University of Denver from 2007-14. The Pioneers won at least 10 games in each of Muuss’s first two seasons with the team, and in 2013 and 2014 Denver earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after capturing the Summit League title. The Pioneers won a total of six conference titles, three regular season and three tournament championships, throughout the tenure of Muuss. Their 13 wins in 2013 marked the most ever in program history.
Muuss now takes over a Wake Forest team that has reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the last four seasons. The East Islip, N.Y. native was a four-year letterwinner at East Islip High School before coming to SCSU to play under Reid. He earned his undergraduate degree in communication science from UConn in the spring of 1999.