Keith Fulk, a championship-winning player and coach, was hired as the Saint Leo men's soccer coach in June of 2011 and is entering his third season at the helm.
Fulk helped lead the Lions to an impressive 13-2-2 record and a perfect 7-0-1 record in conference play during the 2013 season. The impressive regular season run ended with a victory over No. 1 ranked Rollins and a Sunshine State Conference Championship that aided the Lions in reaching the NCAA South Region Tournament for the first time since 2005. For his efforts, Fulk was named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year as the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year. His players received numerous accolades as well, including six All-SSC selections, four Daktronics All-Region selections, three NSCAA All-Region selections, two NSCAA All-America Third Team selections, and five SSC Players of the Week awards.
In his second season with the Lions, Fulk led the squad to a seven-win season and a fifth-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference. The Green and Gold took home five shutouts in addition to competing in five overtime contests, three of which were double-overtime decisions. The 2012 season saw Fulk guide a three-time Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week and a Daktronics All-South Region Second Team player.
During his first year with the Green and Gold, Fulk guided the Lions to a nine-win season. Starting the year on a four-match winning streak, Fulk brought the Lions to a fourth-place finish and an appearance in the SSC Tournament. Gritting out three double-overtime wins, the Lions converted three shutouts. Under his leadership, the Lions saw one SSC Defensive Player of the Week, a Daktronics All-South Region first team member, and an All-SSC Tournament team member.
Returning to the NCAA Division II ranks after eight years with the United States Soccer Federation and participating in four U17 World Youth Championships, Fulk comes back full of knowledge having gained significant instructions from three head coaches who currently excel in Major League Soccer, while coaching numerous players who currently play overseas and domestically. The who’s who of elite players include, Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund - 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga Champions), Jozy Altidore (AK Alkmaar-Holland), Michael Bradley-Chievo Verona-Italy, Eric Lichaj-Aston Villa-English Premier League, in addition to many others.
Fulk also served a year-long stint serving as head coach at the prestigious IMG Academy in Sarasota, Fla. His rise to head coach at IMG came after working for United States Soccer, specifically as an assistant coach for the Under-17 men’s national team, a position he held since August 2003. He joined US Soccer after a coaching stint at West Virginia University.
It was during his time at the University of Tampa, his alma mater, that Fulk solidified his resume and made his mark. As the head coach at the fellow conference school for six years, Fulk guided the Spartans to an 81-24-7 record, three SSC Championships and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 1996, 1997 and 2001.
In 2001, he led Tampa to a 19-0-2 record, a No. 1 ranking during the season, and to the Division II National Championship. In response to the team's accomplishments, Fulk was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year.
Fulk also served as the top assistant head coach at Tampa, where he helped guide the team to the 1994 Division II National Championship and two conference championships in 1994 and 1995. It was also during his years as a Spartan that he was mentored by SSC Hall of Fame legends Tom Fitzgerald and Jay Miller, helping him to develop his playing and coaching abilities more extensively.
Holding his ‘A’ license from the United States Soccer Federation, the native of Myerstown, Pa. has an extensive playing career as well. Claiming a national championship in 1981 while playing for Tampa, Fulk was a four-year student-athlete for the Spartans until graduation in 1985. After his collegiate career concluded, he then advanced to play professional indoor soccer until 1992. Also during that time, he was a participant in the World University Games in 1985.
As a player, Fulk was a Parade All-American at Elco High School and at Tampa he was a four-time All-Conference and All-South Region member.
He was also inducted into the SSC Hall of Fame in 2008.