Otters name Cummings head coach
New leader brought Midwestern State to two Final Fours
SEASIDE, Calif. – Rob Cummings has been named head men's soccer coach at Cal State Monterey Bay, it was announced Friday by CSUMB director of athletics Vince Otoupal. Cummings has been the associate head coach at Midwestern State for the past four seasons. During his tenure at MSU, he helped the Mustangs to two Final Four appearances and four Lone Star Conference crowns.
“CSUMB and the Department of Athletics is excited to welcome coach Cummings and his family to our team,” Otoupal said. “Coach Cummings is a proven winner and the student-athletes who have played for him have a record of success - on the field, in the classroom and in their respective communities.”
"This is an exciting opportunity," Cummings said. "You look at CSUMB, it holds such promise. The success and progress that the athletics program has shown in such a short time. After talking to the student-athletes during my interview process, they are wanting the tide to turn for men's soccer."
Cummings began his stint at Midwestern State in 2007 and assisted head coach Doug Elder in guiding the Mustangs to a 69-9-7 record in four years. Elder is the active leader in all time wins among NCAA Division II men's soccer coaches.
This past season, MSU rolled to a 19-1-2 record with its only loss of the season coming by the hands of Rollins in the NCAA semifinals. The Mustangs 2011 postseason run included a 5-0 victory against CCAA member Chico St in the quarterfinals. The team finished the season as No. 3 in the final NCAA Division II national ranking.
"It is a good opportunity for Rob and his familiy," said Elder. "Our program is based on a family atmosphere and we feel like we are losing a part of it right now but while it is disappointing, we are very happy for Rob.
"He was a big part of our success at MSU."
From the San Diego area, Cummings is looking forward to returing to his native California.
"Because anywhere you go in this state, you will find quality soccer players," Cummings said. "I am excited to return to my roots."
“Rob brings a background of a winning soccer record, proven student-athlete advancement in the classroom, a history of fund-raising, and notable community engagement,” Otoupal said. “Rob is a soccer coach who understands CSUMB and what we are trying to do here. His ability to recruit will continue to help perpetuate the stated mission of CSUMB and our focus on our state's top student and collegiate student-athletes in our case.”