December 22, 2010

Kelly Findley Named Head Coach At NC State

INDIANAPOLIS - Kelly Findley, who has coached the Butler men's soccer team to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two years, has accepted an offer to become head men's soccer coach at North Carolina State University.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Debbie Yow, David Horning and Chris Kingston, as well as the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead Wolfpack men's soccer,” Findley said. “NC State soccer has a rich tradition of excellence on and off of the field, and I look forward to working with the great alumni, players, parents and fans that support our program."

In five seasons at Butler, Findley took the program to new heights. He coached the team to a 59-25-15 record and four consecutive winning seasons. This past season was the program's finest, as Butler was one of two teams in the nation to remain undefeated in the regular season. The Bulldogs won the Horizon League's regular season and tournament titles and gained a national seed and bye in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. The Bulldogs finished 16-1-3 on the year, and were ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation.

In 2009, the Bulldogs climbed into the top 10 nationally, winning the Horizon League and finishing 14-3-2. Butler advanced to the second round of the NCAA tourney and was a national seed in the tournament.

Findley came to Butler after five seasons on the staff at Charlotte. During his time with the 49ers, the team went 42-40-14. He was also the head coach at Mars Hill College for two seasons.

The Butler coach was a four-time Most Valuable Player as an undergraduate on the men’s soccer team at Judson College n in Elgin, Ill.  He was a three-time NAIA All-American, a three-time NCCAA All-American, and a two-time NSCAA All-American as a midfielder.  He was named the Northern Illinois Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons, and he was named Judson’s Athlete of the Year in 1990.  Findley helped Judson to its first NCCAA National Tournament championship in 1991, and he finished his collegiate career fifth on Judson’s all-time assist chart with 48 career assists.  He was named to Judson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

Butler will begin immediately a search for Findley's replacement.