VCU Rams men's soccer

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VCU Rams men's soccer
2017 VCU Rams men's soccer team
VCU Rams logo.svg
Founded 1978
University Virginia Commonwealth University
Head coach Dave Giffard (4th season)
Conference A-10
Location Richmond, VA
Stadium Sports Backers Stadium
(Capacity: 3,250)
Nickname Rams
Colors Black and Gold[1]
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
NCAA Tournament Round of 16
2003, 2004
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1997, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2017
Conference Tournament championships
1997, 2002, 2003
Conference Regular Season championships
1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004

The VCU Rams men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Virginia Commonwealth University, an NCAA Division I member school located in the state's capital of Richmond. The team is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Since their foundation, the team has won three conference championships, all of which came in the Colonial Athletic Association, and four regular season titles. The Rams have qualified for seven NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championships, most recently coming in 2012. Most of the team's success has come within the last 15 seasons, as they first reached the NCAA Tournament in 1997. The program's best performance in the tournament came in 2004, when the Rams reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, knocking off the top seed, Wake Forest, in the process.

The Rams are presently coached by David Giffard, who was a former assistant coach under Caleb Porter for the Akron Zips.


Beginning in 1978, Virginia Commonwealth University fielded a men's varsity soccer program, that competed independently.[2] Ben Satterfield was the team's initial head coach and was at the helm until the end of the 1982 season. Still then, an independent side, Roosevelt Landy took over. In 1987, the team joined the Sun Belt Conference for men's soccer, where they struggled to do well in the conference under Landy.

Following Steuckenschneider's departure in 1994, Tim Sullivan took over the head coaching job. It was also the same year VCU left the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to join the Colonial Athletic Association. Under Sullivan's tenure, the team enjoyed their most success both in conference play and in NCAA play, earning their first ever berth in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.

Initially, the young team had struggles in the Colonial Athletic Association, finishing towards the bottom of the conference standings in its first two years. In 1997, the team vastly improved, earning a third-place regular season record and earning the CAA championship that year. In the 1997 Championship, the Rams defeated American University 9-8 in a penalty kick shootout after drawing 2–2 in regulation time.[2]

Since then the team won the CAA championship in 2002 and 2003, as well as winning the regular season title those same years as well as winning the honor in 2004.[2]

The team's most successful run in the College Cup, the men's NCAA Division I Soccer Tournament, came in 2004, where the Rams entered the tournament as ranked 16th in the nation, earning a bye to the second round proper. In the second round, the Rams defeated George Washington, before upsetting the number-one seeded, Wake Forest Demon Deacons in penalty kicks. Reaching the regional finals, or quarterfinals in the entire tournament, VCU lost to eventual national finalists, the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.[3]

Following the end of the 2009 season, VCU hit a team nadir, falling to last place in the CAA, their worst in the history. Following the conclusion of the season, 15-year head coach, Tim O'Sullivan was fired to be replaced by David Giffard, thus making Giffard the sixth head coach in VCU men's soccer history.[4] Giffard's facelifting of the team was credited in their finishing as regular season runners-up in 2010.[5]

The Giffard-led program began play in the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 2012 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, where the Rams finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 table, and reached the final of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Tournament, only to lose to Saint Louis in the final. The Rams secured an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, making it the first time since 2004 the Rams qualified. In the tournament, VCU was seeded fourteenth in the tournament. They lost to Syracuse Orange in the second round proper of the tournament, 3–2 after extra time.

Colors and badge[edit]

The team uses the school colors of black and gold.


Along with the women's soccer and the track & field teams, the Virginia Commonwealth men's soccer team plays at the 3,250-seat Sports Backers Stadium. Located three miles north of the Monroe Park Campus, the stadium is adjacent to The Diamond ballpark, where the baseball team plays. Since its completion in 1999, the stadium has served as the primary venue for the team.


Like all VCU Rams sports teams, the men's soccer team's main fan group is the Rowdy Rams. The Rowdy Rams are situated in the bleachers in front of the nets, and switch sides each half to invoke intimidation on the opposing sides goalkeeper. They sit with the university's marching band. The Rowdy Rams at games refer to themselves as Rowdy FC.


Over the years, the Rams have developed rivalries with intrastate colleges, both in the Colonial Athletic Association and against non-conference opponents. The team's main rivals, at least before the move to the A10, were considered to be George Mason[6][7] and Old Dominion,[8] who both played with the Rams in the CAA. Due to the recent success of the teams' programs, some considered William & Mary and James Madison to be tertiary conference rivals of the Rams before their departure for the A10.

In the Rams' new conference home of the A10, their main rival will be the Richmond Spiders, primarily due to the geographical proximity of the two universities.[9]

Outside the CAA and A10, some cite Virginia Tech and University of Virginia as intra-conference, state rivals due to record attendances. Of the three largest attendance crowds in VCU soccer history, two came from home matches against VT and UVA.


As of July 31, 2016.[10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Joseph Rice
3 Jamaica DF Zeron Sewell
4 France DF Steven Dal Molin
5 Honduras DF Juan Fajardo
6 United States MF Brandon Eaton
7 United States MF Luc Fatton
8 United States MF Dakota Barnathan
10 Brazil MF Rafael Santos
11 United States MF Kai Marshall
12 Spain MF Fortia Munts
13 United States MF Travis Cooke
14 United States FW Simond Kargbo
15 United States DF R. J. Roberts
17 United States MF Eli Lockaby
19 United States MF Lyndsey Moreland
No. Position Player
20 Spain FW Jorge Herranz
21 United States MF Greg Boehme
22 Greece MF Petros Agiasiotis
23 Italy MF Francesco Amorosino
24 United States DF Austin Graham
25 United States MF Joseph Gonnella
26 Costa Rica MF Gerald Vargas
28 Togo DF Cedric Ekoue
30 United States MF Tony Gonnella
31 United States MF Jason McGlothern
32 United States FW Andrew Walters
33 Japan DF Ryo Shimazaki
56 France GK Pierre Gardan
77 Germany FW Rahim Costa-Dorsey

Team management[edit]

Coaching Staff
Position Staff
Head Coach United States Dave Giffard
Asst. Head Coach United States Brett Teach
Asst. Coach United States Josh Tudela
Volunteer Assistant Coach United States Travis Morris

Last updated: September 14, 2011
Source: VCU Rams Athletics Website

Head coaching history[edit]

Dates Name Notes
1978–1982 United States Ben Satterfield
1983–1989 United States Roosevelt Lundy
Italy Gianni Baldini
Co-Head coach 1983-1987
1989–1994 Trinidad and Tobago Lincoln Phillips
1994 United States Jon Steuckenschneider
1995–2009 United States Tim O'Sullivan Led team to first CAA championship
first NCAA tournament appearance
led team to quarterfinals in 2004
2010–present United States David Giffard


This is a list of the most recent seasons at VCU.

List of seasons[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third place Wooden Spoon
Season Conference Regular Season Overall Conference
Additional Honors
Division GP W L T GF GA Pts. Pos. GP W L T GF GA Pts.
2012 A-10 9 6 1 2 23 11 20 4th 20 12 3 5 42 25 41 Runners-up R2
2013 A-10 8 5 2 1 18 7 16 3rd 21 11 8 2 30 20 35 SF R1
2014 A-10 8 4 1 3 8 2 15 3rd 20 7 8 5 19 11 26 QF
2015 A-10 8 3 2 3 7 6 12 8th 21 7 10 4 24 27 25 Runners-up
2016 A-10 8 4 3 1 12 8 13 5th 21 8 9 4 27 29 28 Runners-up

Records and statistics[edit]

Attendance records[edit]

  1. 2,927 v. Virginia Tech (Oct 26, 2003)
  2. 2,242 v. Virginia (Sept 25, 2012)
  3. 1,987 v. William & Mary (Oct 12, 2011)

Career records[edit]

Pos. Player Career Pts.
1 Matthew Delicâte 2000–03 103
2 Ricardo Capilla 1997–99 94
3 Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi 1992–95 80
4 Orlin Weise 1985–88 72
5 Tedmore Henry 1980–82 66
Pos. Player Career G
1 Matthew Delicâte 2000–03 45
2 Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi 1992–95 34
3 Ricardo Capilla 1997–99 30
4 Kevin Jeffrey 1998–99 29
Orlin Weise 1985–88 29
Game-Winning Goals[11]
Pos. Player Career GWG
1 Matthew Delicâte 2000–03 17
2 Ricardo Capilla 1997–99 8
3 McColm Cephas 1998–99 7
Kevin Jeffrey 1998–99
5 Mike Aust 2002–05 5
Gonzalo Segares 2001–04

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

Season Competition Round Seed Opponent Result Notes
1997 NCAA Tournament R1 N/A Georgetown 1–2
1998 NCAA Tournament R1 N/A South Carolina 1–2
1999 NCAA Tournament R1 N/A #5 Wake Forest 1–2
2002 NCAA Tournament R2 #8 Furman 0–0 Furman wins in pen.
2003 NCAA Tournament R2 #9 Virginia Tech 5–2
R3 #9 #5 Indiana 0–5
2004 NCAA Tournament R2 #16 George Washington 2–0
R3 #16 #1 Wake Forest 2–2 VCU wins in pen.
QF #16 #9 UC Santa Barbara 1–4
2012 NCAA Tournament R2 #14 Syracuse 2–3 Syracuse wins in 2OT
2013 NCAA Tournament R1 N/A Navy 0–3
2017 NCAA Tournament R2 #16 Butler or Lipscomb




  1. ^ VCU Brand Standards (PDF). Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "2009 MEN'S SOCCER IN REVIEW" (PDF). Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2004 College Cup". World News Network. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ "VCU fires O'Sullivan as soccer coach". The Richmond Times-Dispatch. November 17, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Stern, Adam (April 26, 2010). "New coach, new swagger for men's soccer". The Commonwealth Times. Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ Stevens, Patrick (April 26, 2011). "VCU among George Mason's permanent home-and-home foes". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Joe (February 4, 2011). "Sully's Court: My future viewing habits". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Local players sometimes leave home to spice VCU-ODU rivalry". Richmond Times-Dispatch. January 21, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ Yanda, Steve (March 22, 2011). "NCAA tournament gives VCU and Richmond something in common". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2016 VCU Men's Soccer Roster". VCU Athletics. Retrieved July 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c "VCU Men's Soccer Season Records". Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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