Kelly Findley is in just his fifth season with the Bulldogs, and he’s already guided Butler to two of the “Top 5” men’s soccer seasons in school history. And he currently boasts the best winning percentage of any Butler men’s soccer coach since the program began in 1989!
Findley delivered his third consecutive winning season and his first Horizon League championship in 2009. His squad became just the fourth team in Butler men’s soccer history to record 14 wins and tied the third-highest win total in school history with a 14-3-2 final record. The Horizon League regular season champion Bulldogs tied Green Bay, 0-0, in the championship match of the league tournament and then earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Butler won 11 of its first 13 matches, including victories over #25 South Carolina and #14 Indiana, and compiled an eight-match unbeaten streak from Sept. 25 to Oct. 27. The Bulldogs cracked the “Top 25” in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll and climbed as high as No. 17 during the banner season.
In 2008, Findley guided the Butler to what was then a tie for the fourth-highest win total in school history. The 13-3-4 Bulldogs topped the Horizon League in wins and posted Butler’s highest winning percentage since 1998. Butler won the season-opening Louisville Tournament, became the first Horizon League team since 2003 to post an unbeaten (5-0-3) league record, placed runner-up in the Horizon League regular season race and earned a “Top 25” ranking in the national soccer polls. Among Butler’s 13 wins was a 1-0 victory over #4-ranked and eventual league champ UIC.
It took less than 24 months for Findley to deliver a winning season at Butler. He guided the Bulldogs to a 9-7-4 record in 2007, the team’s first winning campaign in three years. The Bulldogs tied for fourth in the Horizon League with a 4-2-2 mark, Butler’s best league record since 2004. Along the way, the Bulldogs picked up a championship at the Courtyard By Marriott Flyer Classic and a runner-up finish at the Northern Illinois adidas/Baymont Inn Invitational. Butler ended the season with wins in five of its final six matches.
In his initial season at Butler, Findley guided the Bulldogs to a 7-11-2 campaign and a sixth place finish in the Horizon League. The Bulldogs were involved in six overtime matches and seven of the team’s 11 setbacks came by a single goal. Butler won two of its final three regular-season matches, with the lone setback over that stretch coming to No. 20-ranked Indiana. Butler’s biggest win of the season came nine days earlier when the Bulldogs upset No. 17 UIC, 1-0.
Findley, who was named the Bulldogs’ fifth men’s soccer coach in December of 2005, came to Butler from Charlotte, where he served for three seasons as an assistant coach and for two seasons as associate head coach. During his tenure at Charlotte, the 49ers compiled a 42-40-14 record, including an 11-7-1 mark in 2004. In his third season at Charlotte, the 49ers reached the finals of the C-USA Tournament for only the second time in school history only to lose the title on penalty kicks.
Findley served as head coach at Mars Hill College for two seasons, 1999-2000. He guided the Lions to a 17-22 mark over the two seasons, including a 10-8 overall record and a runner-up finish in the South Atlantic Conference in 2000. He also spent one season as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) University, two seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Eagles professional soccer team and one season as an assistant coach at Judson College. During his tenure with the Charlotte Eagles, the professional club won two South Atlantic Division Championships, made two playoff appearances and posted a national runner-up finish!
The Butler coach was a four-time Most Valuable Player as an undergraduate on the men’s soccer team at Judson 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 in fifth place on Judson’s all-time assist chart with 48 career assists. He was named to Judson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
Following his collegiate career, Findley played professional soccer with the Charlotte Eagles for six seasons. He helped the Eagles to three South Atlantic Division Championships, five divisional playoff appearances and two trips to the national finals.
Findley, a former North Carolina ODP State Team coach, holds a
USSF “A” license and a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He
and his wife, Joanne, have five children, Gabriel, Elysia, Corinne,
Stephen and Keane.