SEASIDE, Calif. – Rob Cummings has been named head coach at Cal State Monterey Bay, as announced Friday by CSUMB Athletics Director Vince Otoupal. Cummings has been the associate head coach at Midwestern State (TX) 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 those 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 (FL) in the NCAA semi-finals. The Mustangs 2011 postseason run included a 5-0 victory over 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," Elder said. "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."

Cummings led Bethel (Tenn.) to back-to-back NAIA national tournament appearances as the Wildcats posted a 26-12-4 (.667) record during his two years as head coach. Cummings, who was named associate athletics director in 2006, directed Bethel to its best regular season in 2006 at 15-4-2 as the Wildcats topped out at No. 16 in the NSCAA/Adidas NAIA National Poll before losing in the regional semifinals. During his tenure, the men's program produced three Academic All-Conference players as well as five honorable mention All-American selections.

In 2005, the Wildcats upset No. 10 St. Leo (Fla.), 2-1, which marked the highest-ranked opponent any Bethel school had beaten regardless of classification.

Prior to Bethel, he served as the men’s and women’s coach at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he led the Puma men to their first national ranking in school history. The women qualified for the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament in each of his two seasons and hosted a first-round match in 2004 for the first time in five seasons.

Cummings is from the San Diego area, and he is looking forward to returning 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."

Otoupal agrees that Cummings' experience and track record will provide him with the necessary tools to enhance the school's recruiting.  

“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 students and collegiate student-athletes in our case.”