Rincon named to lead Patriot men’s soccer program

Rincon named to lead Patriot men’s soccer program

FLORENCE, S.C. – Athletic Department officials at Francis Marion University announced on Thursday (Feb. 14) that Luis Rincon, head men's and women's soccer coach at Ohio Valley University, has been named as the university's new head coach for men's soccer.

He succeeds John Campbell, who resigned last fall after a 9-7-0 campaign that saw the Patriots tie for third during the Peach Belt Conference regular season and reach the semifinals of the PBC Tournament.

A native of Bogota, Colombia, Rincon has headed the Ohio Valley men's program for the past four seasons, registering a 55-23-7 record and earning a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

This past season, he guided OVU to an 18-6-1 mark and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the national tournament.  The Fighting Scots finished the year ranked No.10 after reaching as high as second in the nation.

His 2017 squad posted a 17-2-4 record that included both the Great Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament invitation.  The team was nationally ranked for eight consecutive weeks, finishing the year at No.6.

He took over a men's program that was 0-17-0 before his arrival and immediately turned the program around.  His first squad went 9-8-1 and garnered the program's first-ever berth in the Great Midwest Conference Tournament.  The next year, the Fighting Scots produced an 11-7-1 campaign, setting a school-record for wins in a season, and placed second during the G-MAC regular season.

He also guided the OVU women's team to a two-year record of 33-4-6, including two conference regular-season and tournament titles, and two NCAA Tournament bids.

Prior to taking the OVU position, he served four seasons as an assistant coach for both men's and women's soccer at his alma mater, Texas A&M International University.  Also during that time, he worked as an assistant instructor for weight training, aerobic training, and soccer.

He also worked for three years as a men's and women's assistant at another of his alma maters, Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., and has experience coaching with the Eden Prairie Soccer Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

"I want to thank (FMU president) Dr. (Fred) Carter, (athletic director) Murray Hartzler, and the entire athletic department for this incredible opportunity to lead the men's program at Francis Marion," Rincon said.  "I see so much potential at FMU for both the men's soccer program and the university.  After visiting Florence, I know that I will be working with great people within a very good community.  I have a drive for success much like what I saw in Murray and Dr. Carter.  I have high expectations for what we can achieve, being that we have all the resources to succeed – great facilities, a beautiful campus, and high academic programs. Everything is in place to build a powerhouse program."

Rincon earned a B.A. degree in business administration from Warner in 2008 and an M.B.A. degree in international business from Texas A&M International in 2010.

He holds an advanced national diploma from the NSCAA.

"After an exhaustive search, we are confident that we have selected an individual who will lead our men's soccer program to new heights," said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler.  "His recent achievements at Ohio Valley boast that he possesses the tools needed to lead a program deep in the NCAA Tournament. I am sure he will bring to Florence a hardworking and enthusiastic coaching style that should excite all Patriot fans."

Rincon becomes the seventh head coach in the 43-year history of the Francis Marion program.