Coach Fleck notches 100th career victory

It was a special night for Logan Fleck on Monday.

Not only did the Bulls (2-1) get a 2-0 victory over Stetson (3-2), but the win was career No. 100 for the women’s soccer coach.

The Bulls controlled most of the play for the first half – getting 10 shots to Stetson’s one – but could not get on the board due to great saves by Stetson goalkeeper April Eilering.

Ebony Robinson finally got past Eilering to put the Bulls on the board late in the first half. It was the first career goal for the freshman forward, who only played 12 minutes in the game.

Midfielder Jenny Mulvihill scored the Bulls’ second goal of the game with a header off a corner kick by senior Katie Reed.

Mulvihill’s second goal sealed the win for the Bulls and No. 100 for Fleck.

“It’s cool for him to have this milestone when you have a coach that is that into your life. He’s like a father figure to me,” Mulvihill said. “You can’t ask for anything else from a coach.”

When he was told it was his 100th, though, Fleck was completely surprised.

“Are you serious? I didn’t know that,” Fleck said. “Where’s my dad? Is he here?”

Fleck’s dad, Tom Fleck, was in attendance to witness the women’s soccer coach’s milestone win and walked away with a gift.

Fleck presented the game ball to his father, who was looking for a bit more from his son.

“Where’s my money?” Tom asked his son. “You’re not going to get a bicycle then.”

Tom, who goes to many of Fleck’s games, is never short of criticism for his son.

“Trust me, I get a critique from parents, fans, then I get his critique,” Fleck said.

True to Fleck’s words, his father had little to say about Fleck’s accomplishment and more to say about the game.

“He wasn’t as loudmouth as he usually was,” Tom said. “There are times when he gets down on the kids, but there wasn’t any of that tonight.”

For Fleck, it was his 12th year as the head coach at USF, and for that time he has a career record of 100-87-15. As for the game ball, Tom has plans for it.

“I’m going to shove it right up his, uh, armpit,” Tom said. “No, I’ve got a place for it in (my) new house.”