Rob Podeyn
Fresno Pacific University
Rob Podeyn
Head Coach
Fresno Pacific
Division 2

Podeyn joined FPU after leading Southwest Baptist (Mo.) to a Top 25 national ranking and back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament berths in 2013 and 2014.  Podeyn spent six seasons at SBU, orchestrating a remarkable program turnaround that included the program's first ever conference tournament championship and culminated in a 16-5-1 record last season with his team finishing sixth in the nation in scoring with 50 goals. He brings an aggressive attack-minded and possession-oriented style that has seen his teams average more than 2.5 goals per game over his 14-year head coaching career. At SBU, Podeyn inherited a program that had very little previous track record of success and turned it into a powerhouse team in the MIAA, considered by many to be the toughest NCAA Division II conference. In addition to the team's athletic accomplishments, he orchestrated an academic turnaround as well, improving the team GPA from 2.7 when he arrived to 3.6 after last season. He has a reputation for developing leadership in his players and 12 of his former student-athletes are currently coaching at the college level. Podeyn's track record of success has also included stints at Northwood (Tx.), Williams Woods (Mo.) and Central Florida. While at Northwood he oversaw a similar program turnaround, inheriting a team with a 3-12 record and taking them to a #21 national ranking in the NAIA along with two consecutive conference championships. During this time he also served as the head coach of Vitesse Dallas, a professional soccer team in Texas. His head coaching career began at William Woods College (NAIA) where he took the program from a #104 national ranking to as high as #27 in three seasons, including a 50-goal increase from the previous year in 2004. Podeyn began his coaching career after a successful seven-year professional playing career as a goalkeeper. He played collegiately at Long Island-C.W. Post (1984-1987) where he was an NCAA Division II All-American while leading his team to the NCAA quarterfinals as a senior. That year, Podeyn led the nation in save percentage (.893) and ranked fifth in the nation in saves with 107. He went on to spend seven seasons with the Long Island Stars of the American Soccer League, earning league MVP honors twice while setting a league record of 973 consecutive shutout minutes. His résumé also includes a variety of other elite-level coaching experience in the United States and abroad. This includes assisting with goalkeeper training for the U-17 U.S. Women's National Team, serving as a national technical director for APT Soccer and as a regional director for AFC Ajax, one of the largest and most prestigious professional soccer clubs in the Netherlands. He has also worked with professional coaches at Vitesse Arnhem (a Dutch professional club), in Brazil with Club Atletico Miniero (CAM), in Germany with Borussa Mochen Gladbach, and in the U.S. with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (formerly of the MLS).   He holds a USSF national 'A' coaching license, NSCAA national youth diploma, NSCAA national goalkeeping diploma, English Football Association coaching license, UEFA coaching license, KNVB advanced tactical diploma and a Brazilian coaching license. For the past three years he has served on the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer National Committee. He holds an overall career coaching record of 109-98-20, including a 9-6-2 mark in his first season at FPU.  A published author, Podeyn has written seven books on the sport of soccer including and . He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Dowling College and a masters of education from William Woods University. Podeyn will also teach in the universitys kinesiology department, focusing primarily on the areas of sport psychology and leadership. Podeyn has been married to his wife, Sondra, for 25 years. The couple has two sons: Robert Jr. and Matthew. Coaching the Dutch 4-3-3 The Triangle Midfield