Men’s soccer faces a familiar foe

Logan Fleck was a staple of the USF soccer program for 17 years, but this Sunday he’ll face off against the Bulls, coaching the Stetson Hatters men’s team.

Sunday’s match is Stetson’s first major challenge of the season and an opportunity for Fleck to improve the Hatters’ 4-22-1 all-time record against the Bulls since their inaugural meeting in 1965.

“Every game presents unique challenges,” Fleck said. “Obviously they come in with a big reputation and a lot of good players that are well coached.”

Among Fleck’s concerns is the speed of the Bulls team.

“They have a lot of team speed with Jordan Seabrook up front and Simon (Schoendorf) in the midfield,” Fleck said. “Right now though, my only concern is getting my team together so we can figure out what we need to do to win.”

In his time at USF, Fleck coached both men’s and women’s soccer. From 1994-1996 he was in charge of the men, where he compiled a record of 34-17-0. The bulk of his time with the Bulls, however, was spent with the women’s soccer team, where he compiled a 97-94-18 record in 12 seasons.

Perhaps no one else is more familiar with USF soccer than Fleck, whose relationship with the school stems back to his time as an assistant for the men’s team in 1989.

Since leaving the men’s program in 1996, Fleck has seen the Bulls transform into one of the better soccer programs in the country.

“USF is a great school,” Fleck said. “I’ve got nothing but respect for everyone there, and I think George (Kiefer) has done a great job with the program.”

His best year with the Bulls was 1998, when he led the women to a record of 15-1-3 and was named Conference USA’s coach of the year.

Fleck took the job at Stetson on Aug. 22 after former coach Sean Murphy resigned for personal reasons after 10 seasons at the helm. In Fleck’s first exhibition match in charge for Stetson, the Hatters fell 3-1 to Embry Riddle.

“It’s going good so far,” Fleck said. “Everyone is still getting to know each other and trying to get on the same page. It’s going to be a challenge, but you make the best of it and get going.”

Facing off against the school he formerly worked for is a challenge Fleck is excited about.

“It’s always been a good battle between the two schools,” Fleck said. “And I have no problem playing a three-on-three game between the two coaching staffs at halftime.”

That’s an idea coach Kiefer denied having any interest in.

“I’m not thinking about coach Fleck or Stetson yet,” Kiefer said. “My only concern is UCF on Friday.”