Bobby Muuss
Bobby  Muuss

East Islip, N.Y.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Connecticut, 1999


No. 5 Deacs Play Paladins to 4-4 Draw

Isaiah Parente found the back of the net twice in Wake Forest's exhibition opener.


Catenacci Joins Wake Forest Signing Class

Head men's soccer coach Bobby Muuss has announced the addition of Sweden native Alberto Catenacci.


Wake Forest Announces 2018 Men's Soccer Schedule

The Demon Deacons will play 11 games at Spry Stadium, as well as eight total games against NCAA Championship opponents.


Muuss Announces 2018 Signees

Wake Forest welcomes eight newcomers this fall, including seven freshmen and a junior transfer, as part of the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation.


Deacs Competing in Inaugural U.S. Soccer Spring Program

Wake Forest will host the culmination event of the spring, welcoming five of the elite college soccer programs to Winston-Salem on April 21.


2016 Wake Forest Men's Soccer: Muuss Wins 100th Game as Deacs Top Marshall

Ian Harkes buried a PK in the 14th minute to lift Wake Forest to a 1-0 win and Bobby Muuss earned his 100th win as a head coach in the process.


#DeacsInSpain: Men's Soccer Visits Spain - Trip Recap

Check out the one-stop spot to relive Wake Forest's 2016 spring break trip to Madrid and Barcelona from March 4 to March 13.


2015 Wake Forest Men's Soccer: Greensfelder's 88th-Minute Strike Sends Deacs to Elite Eight

Ricky Greensfelder scored in the 88th minute to send Wake Forest to the Elite Eight with a 1-0 victory over Indiana.


2015 Wake Forest Men's Soccer: Bakero's Game-Winner Sends No. 1 Deacs to Sweet 16

Jon Bakero scored in the 83rd minute to lift Wake Forest to a 1-0 win over Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA Championship.


2015 Wake Forest Men's Soccer: Wake Forest Earns Overall No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tourney

Wake Forest was named the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship for the fourth time in program history in 2015. The Deacs enter the tournament 15-2-2 and are looking for the program's second national championship.


ACC SF: No. 1 Wake Forest 2, No. 5 Clemson 1

The Demon Deacons advanced to their second-straight ACC Championship game with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers in the semis.


ACC QF: No. 1 Wake Forest 3, No. 9 Virginia Tech 0

The Demon Deacons scored twice in the opening four minutes and went on to defeat the Hokies, 3-0.


National Championship: Wake Forest vs. Stanford

Wake Forest vs. Denver December 11, 2016


A Season in Photos: 2016 Wake Forest Men's Soccer

Memorable images from the Demon Deacons' run to the College Cup


Elite Eight: Wake Forest vs. Virginia Tech

Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 2-0 in the Elite Eight to advance to the program's first College Cup since 2009.

Wrapping up his third season at the helm of the Wake Forest men's soccer program in 2017, head coach Bobby Muuss has guided the Demon Deacons to the three-straight NCAA quarterfinals and the 2016 NCAA College Cup, finishing as the national runners-up.

Wake Forest has amassed a 55-8-7 record in Muuss' three seasons, more wins than any other program in NCAA Division I in that span.

Muuss became the first coach in league history to be named the ACC Coach of the Year in three-straight seasons, surpassing his predecessor Jay Vidovich (2008-09) and former U.S. Men's National Team coach Bruce Arena (1988-89) as the only others to win that award in consecutive seasons.

Muuss has led the Demon Deacons to back-to-back ACC Championships, just the second and third tournament trophies in program history, as well as three-straight ACC Atlantic Division crowns.

Previously an assistant coach at Wake Forest from 2001-07, Muuss returned to the Demon Deacons as the program's fourth head coach on Jan. 8, 2015. Muuss spent the previous eight years serving as head coach at University of Denver from 2007-14.

His teams have posted a top-10 defense nationally each year, recording a total of 39 shutouts while allowing just 38 goals in 75 games. The Deacs have also been potent offensively, including leading the nation with 58 goals scored in 2017.

In 2017, Muuss guided the Deacs to a 19-2-2 overall record and a 7-0-1 mark in the ACC. By winning the ACC Championship for the second-straight year, Wake Forest became the first team in the league to finish the ACC regular season and Championship undefeated since 1999. The Deacs were rewarded with ACC Offensive Player of the Year (Jon Bakero) and Defensive Player of the Year (Kevin Politz) honors, as each was also named an All-American, while the coaching staff was named the Region Staff of the Year for the second-straight season.

His 2016 Demon Deacons finished the year with a 19-3-3 overall record and claimed the program's first ACC Tournament title since 1989, just the second in program history.

He coached three first team NSCAA All-Americans in 2016 - Jacori Hayes, Ian Harkes and Alec Ferrell - marking the first time in team history three Deacs have earned the honor in the same season. Harkes also claimed the MAC Hermann Trophy - the top individual award in college soccer - becoming just the second Deacon all-time to accomplish that feat.

Hayes was named the Men's Soccer Senior CLASS Award winner, becoming the second in program history, while Harkes was the first player in conference history named the ACC Midfielder of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player in program history. Hayes and Ferrell were selected in the MLS SuperDraft, while Harkes signed a homegrown deal with D.C. United.

Bobby Muuss profile

In Muuss's first season at Wake Forest, he engineered one of the most successful seasons the program has seen in guiding the Demon Deacons to a 17-3-2 record to go with a regular-season ACC championship and a run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship as the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. At season's end, Muuss was named the ACC's Coach of the Year, becoming the fourth coach in conference history to earn the honor in his first season with the team.

During the 2015 season, Muuss helped Jack Harrison become the first player in ACC men's soccer history to earn conference Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season. Harrison scored a team-high eight goals and 11 assists for 27 points on his way to being named a NSCAA First Team All-American and MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist.

At the end of the 2015 season, both Harrison and Gamble were selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. Harrison became Wake Forest's first men's soccer player taken No. 1 overall by the Chicago Fire while Gamble was picked 30th overall by the New England Revolution.

In his eight seasons at Denver, Muuss compiled an overall record of 74-56-25 with a 39-20-10 mark in Summit League play. He was named Summit League Coach of the Year in 2013 after guiding the Pioneers to a 13-3-4 record and a perfect 6-0-0 mark in conference play. Under his leadership, Denver won Summit League titles in 2013 and 2014 and captured the league tournament title both seasons, earning back-to-back bids to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

In his final two seasons at Denver, Muuss won 17-straight games. He coached Zach Bolden to a four-round selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, where he was selected by the Chicago Fire. It marked the fifth Pioneer to be taken in the last six drafts. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Muuss had three players earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

Before Denver, Muuss spent six seasons at Wake Forest as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Vidovich. He helped land top-20 recruiting classes in each of his six years. During that time, Wake Forest made the NCAA Tournament each season, including twice as the nation's top-ranked team.

Muuss worked closely with Deacon goalie Brian Edwards, who set school records with 13 shutouts in 2006 and 31 in his career. He also coached standout players such as Michael Parkhurst, Sam Cronin, James Riley and Stephen Keel.

Prior to his stint at Wake Forest, Muuss was a volunteer assistant at Connecticut. While there, the Huskies won the 2000 national championship, three BIG EAST regular season titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

A native of East Islip, New York, Muuss transferred to UConn from Southern Connecticut State and earned his undergraduate degree in the spring of 1999 in communication science. While at Southern, Muuss was a member of the 1995 Division II National Championship team.

Muuss and his wife, Melodie, reside in Winston-Salem with their three children, Camryn, Blayklee and Ryland.

Bobby Muuss Coaching Records
All-Time Record 129-64-32 (.644)
2007 10-4-4 (.667)
2008 10-7-2 (.579)
2009 5-10-4 (.368)
2010 9-7-4 (.550)
2011 5-11-3 (.342)
2012 11-6-3 (.625)
2013 13-3-4 (.750)
2014 11-8-1 (.575)
Denver Totals 74-56-25 (.558)
2015 17-3-2 (.818) | 6-0-2 ACC
2016 19-3-3 (.820) | 5-1-2 ACC
2017 19-2-2 (.870) | 7-0-1 ACC
Wake Forest Totals 55-8-7 (.836) | 18-1-5 ACC

Muuss In the NCAA Tournament
All-Time Record 8-6-1 (.567)
2008 (First Round) - Denver L, 0-4 vs. No. 17 UC-Davis
2010 (First Round) - Denver L, 0-1 (2OT) vs. UC-Santa Barbara
2013 (First Round) - Denver T, 0-0 vs. No. 17 Louisville
2014 (First Round) - Denver L, 0-1 vs. No. 25 Oregon State
2015 (Second Round) W, 1-0 vs. Charlotte
2015 (Third Round) W, 1-0 vs. No. 16 Indiana
2015 (Quarterfinal) L, 1-2 (OT) vs. No. 8 Stanford
2016 (Second Round) W, 2-0 vs. Coastal Carolina
2016 (Third Round) W, 2-1 vs. SIUE
2016 (Quarterfinal) W, 2-0 vs. Virginia Tech
2016 (College Cup Semi) W, 2-1 (2OT) vs. No. 6 Denver
2016 (College Cup Final) L, 0-0 (4-5 PKs) vs. No. 5 Stanford
2017 (Second Round) W, 1-0 vs. Columbia
2017 (Third Round) W, 2-0 vs. No. 19 Butler
2017 (Quarterfinal) L, 0-2 vs. No. 3 Stanford

Wake Forest Player Honors By The Numbers Under Muuss (since 2015)
First Team All-American 5
MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist 4
MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist 2
MAC Hermann Trophy Winner 1
First Team All-ACC 8
Second Team All-ACC 3
Third Team All-ACC 5
ACC All-Freshman Team 5
NSCAA All-Region 11
ACC Offensive Player of the Week 6
ACC Defensive Player of the Week 5
ACC All-Academic Team 7
CoSIDA Academic All-District 3
CoSIDA Academic All-America 1
CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year 1
NSCAA Scholar Player of the Year 1
NSCAA Scholar All-American 2
NSCAA Scholar All-Region 3
Senior CLASS Award Finalist 3
Senior CLASS Award Winner 2
MLS SuperDraft Selections 4