Reasso leaves Rutgers after 29 years

[COACHING MOVES] Bob Reasso, who built Rutgers into a national program, has stepped down as the Scarlet Knights' men's head coach after 29 years. He took Rutgers to the final four three times and finished his coaching career with an overall record of 365-194-76.

2009 NCAA Division I Men's Coaches (Wins)
1. Michael Parker, UNC Greensboro 494
2. Tom Martin, James Madison 431
3. Mark Berson, South Carolina 428
4. Ralph Lundy, Col. of Charleston 395
5. Bob Gray, Marshall 394
6. Bob Warming, Creighton 383
7. Bob Reasso, Rutgers 365
8. Ray Reid, Connecticut 334
9. Dave Masur, St. John's  333
9. Rich Posipanko, Winthrop 333

During Reasso's 29 years with the Scarlet Knights, he led the team to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and six league titles, and coached 15 All-Americans, including U.S. World Cup players Alexi Lalas and Peter Vermes.

Reasso benefited from New Jersey being a hotbed for prep soccer and helped make Rutgers a major program. When he took the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 1983, his third season, it was the first time in 22 years they had advanced to postseason play.

Along with Seton Hall (coached by Manfred Schellscheidt) and Princeton (then coached by Bob Bradley), Rutgers helped make New Jersey a major college soccer state in the late 1980s.

Rutgers lost to UCLA on penalty kicks in the 1990 championship game after Lalas hit the woodwork with a chance to win the game.

It finished with a 9-10-0 record in 2009. It made the NCAA Tournament only three times in the last 10 years.

Assistant coach David Boutilier will serve as the program's interim coach while a national search is conducted.

"I had an unbelievable 29 years at Rutgers University and Rutgers will always be a part of me," said Reasso, who spent two seasons at Nasson in Maine before heading to Piscataway to coach the Scarlet Knights. "It is time to look for new challenges in my career. I want to personally thank the many friends at Rutgers I have had, including Tim Pernetti, Bob Mulcahy, Kevin MacConnell, Gene Wells and Matt Colagiovanni. I will always root for the Scarlet Knights."

MEN'S DEPARTURES
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Detroit Morris Lupenec
Drexel Lew Meehl
Manhattan Michael Swanwick
Rutgers Bob Reasso
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Dean Foti
VCU Tim O'Sullivan
Xavier Dave Schureck
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