VCU Rams men's soccer
|VCU Rams men's soccer|
|2017 VCU Rams men's soccer team|
|University||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|Head coach||Dave Giffard (4th season)|
|Stadium||Sports Backers Stadium
|Colors||Black and Gold
|NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 16|
|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.
Beginning in 1978, Virginia Commonwealth University fielded a men's varsity soccer program, that competed independently. 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.
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.
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.
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. Giffard's facelifting of the team was credited in their finishing as regular season runners-up in 2010.
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
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 and Old Dominion, 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.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Coaching Staff
|Head Coach||Dave Giffard|
|Asst. Head Coach||Brett Teach|
|Asst. Coach||Josh Tudela|
|Volunteer Assistant Coach||Travis Morris|
Last updated: September 14, 2011
Source: VCU Rams Athletics Website
Head coaching history
|1983–1989|| Roosevelt Lundy
|Co-Head coach 1983-1987|
|1995–2009||Tim O'Sullivan||Led team to first CAA championship
first NCAA tournament appearance
led team to quarterfinals in 2004
This is a list of the most recent seasons at VCU.
List of seasons
|Champions||Runners-up||Third place||Wooden Spoon|
|Season||Conference Regular Season||Overall||Conference
Records and statistics
- 2,927 v. Virginia Tech (Oct 26, 2003)
- 2,242 v. Virginia (Sept 25, 2012)
- 1,987 v. William & Mary (Oct 12, 2011)
NCAA Tournament results
|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|
|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|
|2017||NCAA Tournament||R2||#16||Butler or Lipscomb|
- NCAA Men's Soccer Region 1
- Runners-up (1): 2004
- Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
- Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
- Champions (3): 1997, 2002, 2003
- Runners-up (2): 1999, 2001
- Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season
- Winners (4): 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Runners-up (2): 1999, 2010
- Metro Conference Regular Season
- Winners (1): 1993
- Dennis Castillo (Colorado Rapids)
- Matthew Delicâte (Richmond Kickers)
- Andrew Dykstra (D.C. United)
- Jason Johnson (Phoenix Rising)
- Dominic Oduro (Columbus Crew)
- Gonzalo Segares (Chicago Fire)
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