Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's soccer

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights
men's soccer
Rutgers athletics logo.svg
Founded 1938
University Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Conference Big Ten
Location New Brunswick, NJ
Head coach Dan Donigan (8th year)
Stadium Yurcak Field
(Capacity: 5,000)
Nickname Scarlet Knights
Colors Scarlet[1]
NCAA Tournament Runner Up
NCAA Tournament College Cup
1989, 1990, 1994
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1960, 1961, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2015
Conference Tournament Champions
1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights men's soccer team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Rutgers University–New Brunswick in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. Rutgers's first varsity's men's soccer team was fielded in 1938, although organized soccer has been played at the university since at least 1869. The team plays its home games at Yurcak Field in New Brunswick. The Knights are coached by Dan Donigan.


The origins of Rutgers soccer trace back to the 1869 college soccer season, where the first ever collegiate soccer game was played in the United States. The then-Rutgers College (now Rutgers University) and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) played an exhibition match that ended in a 6–4 result.[2][3] Rutgers won the game by a score of 6–4[4] In addition to being considered one of the earlier soccer games reported in the United States, these two games are considered to be the first organized American college football games to ever be played.[5][6]

Rutgers' first varsity team was fielded in 1938, where they Knights competed as an independent team. Rutgers remained unaffiliated with any formal athletic conference and was considered an independent until joining the Atlantic 10 Conference as an associate soccer member in the mid 1980s. The Knights Big East Conference for soccer in 1995.[7] On July 1, 2014 Rutgers became a member of the Big Ten athletic conference, after paying an $11.5 million exit fee to the American Athletic Conference (which formed as a result of the splitting of the Big East Conference).[8][9]

Head coaching history[edit]

There have been five coaches in Rutgers' history.

Years Coach GP W L T Pct.
1938–1970 George Dochat 278 141 116 21 .545
1971–1974 J. William Maytas 47 10 32 5 .266
1975–1980 Kalman Caspo 75 26 41 8 .400
1980* Geza Kiss 4 2 1 1 .625
1981–2009 Bob Reasso 606 351 184 71 .638
2010–present Dan Donigan 112 46 55 11 .460

* Geza Kiss was an interim coach.

Individual achievements[edit]


Rutgers has produced eight All-Americans.[10]

Player Pos. Year
Dave Masur MF 1983, 1984
Steve Rammel FW 1990
Richard Schiesswohl MF 1966
Herb Schmidt FW 1966
Mike Shaw MF 1996
Peter Vermes DF 1987
Bill Walsh FW 1997
Jason Wright MF 2014


  1. ^ "Colors". Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "1800s". Rutgers Through The Years. Rutgers University. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  4. ^ DeLassus, David. "Princeton Yearly Results (1869)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Carzo, Rocco J. "Jumbo Footprints: A History of Tufts Athletics", Medford, MA: Tufts University Gallery, 2005; summarized in Another 'Pass' At History by Tufts University eNews on 27 September 2004. Accessed 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ Citing Research, Tufts Claims Football History is on its Side Boston Globe Article, 23 September 2004, Accessed 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ Rutgers at (Official Site of the Big East Conference. Published by the Big East Conference (no further authorship information available). Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  8. ^ "University of Maryland and Rutgers University Become Official Members of Big Ten Conference". Big Ten Conference. July 1, 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ McMurphy, Brett (February 12, 2014). "Rutgers to pay $11.5M exit fee". ESPN. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ "All Americans - Rutgers Men's Soccer Quick Facts" (PDF). Rutgers University Athletics. p. 27. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 

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