Charlotte, NC - Charlotte 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose has announced the resignation of men's soccer coach Jeremy Gunn, who resigned to take the head coaching position at Stanford University. Gunn leaves Charlotte after five seasons at the helm of the 49ers men's soccer program. Gunn steps down after leading the 49ers to 64 wins, a College Cup Finals appearance, an Atlantic 10 regular-season title and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenure as head coach.
"The Chancellor and I made a competitive, substantial offer to Jeremy to try to keep him as our coach," said Director of Athletics Judy Rose. "We are disappointed in Jeremy's decision but understand the appeal of Stanford and wish him well."
"We knew when we hired Jeremy that he was going to get us back to the NCAA Tournament and we could not have been more pleased to experience the run through to the Championship game. We plan to build on that success and continue to compete at the highest levels.
In his five seasons, Gunn guided the 49ers to a 64-26-14 record. The 49ers won at least 11 games in each of his five seasons including 16 games this season. The 49ers have been nationally-ranked in each of the last four seasons including finishing a school-record #2 in the final NSCAA Coaches Poll this season.
"I want to thank everybody involved at Charlotte, including the staff, the administration and the players for the incredible five years that I've been able to enjoy here," Gunn said. "The support from the university has been a major factor in the wonderful success we've had and the incredible endeavors of the fine student-athletes that I've had the pleasure and privilege to coach here. We've had unbelievable community support, and support from our alums, student body and the university community. I couldn't have fonder memories about a place. Charlotte will always have a very, very special place in my heart.
I want to thank Chancellor (Phil) Dubois, Judy and (Senior Associate Athletic Director) Kim Whitestone for the wonderful opportunity they gave me. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication that everybody has shown to allow our program to enjoy the excitement and success over the last few years. I will miss all of the people that I have met here, and will be looking forward to cheering Niner Nation on to future successes."
In 2007, Charlotte won 12 games and reached the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship game in his Gunn's first season with the 49ers. In 2008, the 49ers won 12 games and captured three regular-season tournament titles. In 2009, Gunn guided the 49ers to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Charlotte won 11 games including ending #3 Wake Forest's nation's best 46-game unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents. In 2010, Charlotte won 13 games and captured the program's first-ever Atlantic 10 regular-season title. Then, in 2011, Charlotte reached the College Cup for the second time in school history and advanced to the College Cup finals for the first time. The 49ers won 16 games which is tied for the second most wins in the program's history.
During his tenure at Charlotte, eight different players earned NSCAA All-Region honors and 10 different players earned All-Atlantic 10 honors. Charles Rodriguez and Chris Salvaggione earned All-American honors under the guidance of Gunn.
A nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately.