Glad Bugariu

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Glad Bugariu
Personal information
Full name Glad Tudor Bugariu
Date of birth (1976-09-29) 29 September 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Club information
Current team
University of Texas - Pan American (Head Coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
1999–2000 Meredith College (Head Coach)
2000–2002 U.S. Virgin Islands (Technical Director)
2002–2004 NM Northern Football Club (Technical Director)
2004–2005 Grenada (Assistant Manager)
2005–2008 Belmont Abbey College (Head Coach)
2011–2013 South Carolina State University (Head Coach)

Glad Bugariu (born 29 September 1976) is a Romanian football manager who has coached the U.S. Virgin Islands,[1] Grenada, and various university teams in the United States. Currently, he is in charge of the women's football team at the University of Texas Pan American in first division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Recently he has also been linked with a coaching position with the women's national team of the Philippines.[2]

Early life[edit]

Glad Tudor Bugariu was born in Bucharest, Romania on 29 September 1976. His family ran away from the communist country in the mid eighties and settled in the United States, where Bugariu began his playing career. He played collegiate football at Brevard College in North Carolina, followed by a short stint with Romanian 4th Division Club Soimii Sibiu.

Professional coaching career[edit]

Meredith College[edit]

After beginning his coaching career by working with local youth sides in the Raleigh, North Carolina area, he got his first break as the Head Coach of the Meredith College women's team, working with the side for one season with little success.

U.S. Virgin Islands[edit]

In 2000, he moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands and was the Technical Director for two years in charge of every aspect regarding to football in the federation. Mr. Bugariu was responsible for the development of the game in the country, creating programs that resulted in a 120% rise in soccer participation, in addition to creating national teams at every level. International headlines were made with the formation of a women's program at both senior and Under 19 levels for the first in the history of the country. Both teams had significant success, with the senior women's national team reaching the second round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Additionally, he was in charge of all national teams concentrating on the youth programs. Using mostly players under the age of 20 for all senior national team games, Mr. Bugariu also achieved the first ever rise in the men's FIFA Rankings for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New Mexico Northern FC[edit]

Bugariu served as Director of Coaching and Player Development for Northern FC, a club in the state of New Mexico with over 1000 players.

Bugariu also led the club's U14's to the semi-finals of the State Championships.

During his time in New Mexico, Bugariu also worked with the United States Olympic Development Program, coaching the Under 16 New Mexico State Women's Team while also serving as the Director of Goalkeeping.


Bugariu was appointed assistant manager of the Grenada national team working with Mike Adams (football coach) during the qualifying campaigns for both the 2006 World Cup and the 2005 Gold Cup. During his time in Grenada, the national team reached the second round of World Cup qualifying narrowly losing to the United States, in addition to advancing from the "Group of Death" during Gold Cup qualifying in Trinidad and Tobago. These achievements resulted in a 13-place rise in the FIFA rankings, the most significant advancement in the history of the country.

From a developmental standpoint, Mr. Bugariu created the Grenada National Goalkeeper Development Program and the goalkeeper coach education curriculum

Belmont Abbey College[edit]

Upon his return to the United States he took over the women’s football program at Belmont Abbey College (NCAA II) and his contribution was significant, winning two league titles, two league tournament cups, and a cup runner up spot in just three years.

South Carolina State University[edit]

Named head women's football coach at South Carolina State University in April 2008, the team competes at the highest level, the first division (NCAA I) of the United States university league and his tenure was nothing short of a miracle. After only one year in charge, Mr. Bugariu was able to place 3rd in their league in 2009, the highest finish in history, while also winning more games than the club had in the previous 4 seasons combined. This was followed up by a historical 2010 campaign where the team captured their league divisional title and coach Bugariu was named Coach of the Year. Furthermore, he was able to qualify for at least the semi-finals of the league cup each season and holds the record for most wins by any coach at the club.

Carolina Cobras[edit]

In 2011 Bugariu was loaned by South Carolina State University for 5 months to the Carolina Cobras of the W-league, serving as the inaugural coach of the new professional women's football franchise. Although he was able to lead them to their first ever win, the purpose of the loan was to develop the playing and coaching staff and creating a competitive team for the future. He returned to his position at South Carolina State University in August 2011.

University of Texas - Pan American[edit]

On April 26, 2013, Glad Bugariu was named as the first coach of the new team at the University of Texas - Pan American that will debut in August 2014. He will spend a year putting together a team that will compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

Coaching achievements[edit]

2010: Great West Conference Coach of the Year (South Carolina State University)

2010: Great West Conference Champion / (South Carolina State University)

2009: Great West Conference 2nd Place / (South Carolina State University)

2009: Best record in school history / (South Carolina State University)

2007: Conference Carolina League Champion / (Belmont Abbey College)

2007: Conference Carolina Tournament Runner Up / (Belmont Abbey College)

2006: Conference Carolina Tournament Champion / (Belmont Abbey College)

2005: Conference Carolina League and Tournament Champion (Belmont Abbey College)

2004: Increase of 13 places in FIFA Rankings (Grenada)

2004: Advanced to second round of Gold Cup Qualifiers. (Grenada)

2004: Advanced to second round of World Cup Qualifiers. (Grenada)

2002: Achieved first time ever increase in FIFA World Rankings. (Virgin Islands)

2002: Advanced to Second Round of Women’s World Cup Qualifying. (Virgin Islands)

2001: Created Women’s National Team Program. (Virgin Islands)

2001: Bronze Metal Milo International Cup (Virgin Islands Under 18 Men’s National Team)

2001: Champion 2001 Leeward Islands Under 18 Football Championship (Virgin Islands)

2001: Qualified Senior National Team for 2001 Copa Caribe (Virgin Islands)


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