Bobby Muuss
Bobby  Muuss

East Islip, N.Y.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Connecticut, 1999


Bakero's Late Winner Pushes No. 1 Deacs to Third Round

Wake Forest beat Columbia, 1-0, behind Jon Bakero's 89th-minute penalty kick in the second round of the NCAA Championship.


BACK-TO-BACK: No. 1 Wake Forest Wins ACC Championship

The Demon Deacons battled from behind in penalty kicks to win in PKs, 4-3, after a scoreless draw.


No. 1 Deacs Beat No. 5 Tigers for Trip to ACC Title Game

Wake Forest earned a 2-1 victory on a late Jon Bakero goal to lock up a second-consecutive trip to Charleston.


Deacs Claim Three ACC Yearly Honors

Jon Bakero was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Politz earned Defensive Player of the Year and Bobby Muuss was picked as Coach of the Year.


No. 1 Deacs Battle Orange to Scoreless Draw

Wake Forest posted its fifth-consecutive shutout on Senior Night at Spry Stadium.


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.

In just his second season at the helm of the Wake Forest men's soccer program, head coach Bobby Muuss guided the Demon Deacons to the 2016 NCAA College Cup and finished as the national runners-up.

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 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. Wake Forest has captured the ACC Regular Season championship in each of his first two seasons, achieving a 36-6-5 overall record in that span.

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.

The on-field successes earned Muuss his second-straight ACC Coach of the Year honor, joining Jay Vidovich (2008-09) and Bruce Arena (1988-89) as the only others to win that award in consecutive seasons. Muuss replaced 21-year head coach Jay Vidovich after the 2014 season, who is now the head men's soccer coach at Pittsburgh after spending one year as head coach of the USLPRO team T2 in the Portland Timbers' organization.

Bobby Muuss profile

Wake Forest has outscored opponents 84-25 over his first two seasons, combining for 26 shutouts in that span.

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, MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, and NSCAA All-South Region First Team member while garnering First Team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team honors. He also helped Harrison, Ian Harkes and Jacori Hayes in earning First Team All-ACC honors while helping Michael Gamble and Alec Ferrell to Second Team All-ACC and Jon Bakero to Third Team All-ACC honors.

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 110-62-30 (.619)
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)
2016 19-3-3 (.820)
Wake Forest Totals 36-6-5 (.819)

Muuss In the NCAA Tournament
All-Time Record 6-5-1 (.542)
2008 (First Round) L, 0-4 vs. No. 17 UC-Davis
2010 (First Round) L, 0-1 (2OT) vs. UC-Santa Barbara
2013 (First Round) T, 0-0 vs. No. 17 Louisville
2014 (First Round) L, 0-1 vs. No. 25 Oregon State
2015 (Second Round) W, 1-0 vs. Charlotte
2015 (Sweet 16) W, 1-0 vs. No. 16 Indiana
2015 (Elite Eight) L, 1-2 (OT) vs. No. 8 Stanford
2016 (Second Round) W, 2-0 vs. Coastal Carolina
2016 (Sweet 16) W, 2-1 vs. SIUE
2016 (Elite Eight) 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

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