USF extends men’s soccer coach’s contract

Men’s soccer coach Bob Butehorn completed his sixth season by leading the Bulls to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

USF men’s soccer coach Bob Butehorn’s contract will be extended through the 2025 season, Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced on Tuesday.

Butehorn was hired before the 2017 season and has amassed a 42-41-13 record over the course of his six-year tenure. In this timeframe, he coached eight All-American Athletic Conference players and six members of the AAC’s All-Rookie Team.

Last season, Butehorn coached the Bulls to a 9-7-4, highlighted by wins over ranked opponents No. 14 Tulsa on Oct. 9 and No.22 Charlotte on Oct. 25. USF has defeated five Top 25-ranked teams and tied five ranked opponents in the last six seasons.

The Bulls reached the AAC tournament title game for the fourth time in program history and lost 2-0 to FIU. They also earned an at-large bid to appear in the NCAA tournament for the 22nd time in team history.

South Florida beat Hofstra 4-2 in the first round of the tourney and lost to top-seeded Kentucky in the second round. It marked the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2019.

Many of Butehorn’s former players have gone on to receive professional opportunities. Most recently, USF center-back Salvatore Mazzaferro became the 26th player in USF history to be drafted into the MLS. He was picked by Austin F.C. in the third round of the 2023 MLS SuperDraft in December.

Kelly said his decision to extend Butehorn was encouraged by the team’s performance on the field.

“With yet another challenging soccer schedule on deck this fall, we look forward to the opportunity to capture more wins over Top 25-ranked teams and compete for a conference title and in the NCAA Tournament,” Kelly said.

The Bulls will kick off the 2023 season with an exhibition match against Southeastern on Aug. 10.