Keith Fulk has been the head coach of Saint Leo men’s soccer for the past six seasons of his 23-year coaching career. He has won National Championships as both a player and a coach and brings years of experience with the U.S. Soccer Federation to the helm of a Lions squad that continues to sustain success. Coach Fulk has been inducted into both the University of Tampa and the Sunshine State Conference Halls of Fame. Currently, 54 players he has coached are in pro leagues...
In Six Seasons with the Lions…
2016: Coach Fulk led the Lions to a 5-8 record, including a 3-6 mark in the SSC where the Lions finished eighth in the league. The Lions were 3-3 at home and recorded two shutouts on the year that featured a victory over #9 Young Harris to open the season, 3-2 on Sept. 3. The Lions tangled with, what would become the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champions, Wingate, the then-#18 team in the nation, on Sept. 4 to the 53rd minute before the game was called due to inclement weather; the Lions and Bulldogs were tied 0-0.
2015: Coach Fulk led the Lions to a 10-7-1 record, including a 5-2-1 SSC record that was good for a Sunshine State Conference Regular Season title. Fulk was named SSC Coach of the Year, and the Lion earned four All-SSC Honors. The Lions fell to Rollins in the NCAA South Region Semifinal. The team finished with a No. 20 ranking in the final NSCAA poll of 2015.
2014: Coach Fulk led Saint Leo to a 10-4-4 overall record including a 6-2 conference record and 6-0-2 home record. The Lions advanced to the SSC tournament semi-finals and the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament under Fulk’s direction. The team received a No. 13 ranking in the final NSCAA poll of 2014.
2013: Fulk led the Lions to 13-2-2 record and a perfect 7-0-1 record in conference play. Defeated No. 1 ranked Rollins College to win SSC Championship. Reached NCAA South Region Tournament for first time since 2005.
2012: In his second season with the Lions, Fulk led the squad to 7-8-1 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference. Recorded five home shutouts on the season.
2011: Fulk guided the Lions to a 9-5-1 record and fourth place in the conference. Started the year on a four-match winning streak and grinded out three shutouts and three double-OT wins on the season.
Fulk 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.
In 2001, as the head coach, Fulk led his alma mater, The University of Tampa, to a 19-0-2 record, a No. 1 ranking during the season, and a Division II National Championship. Fulk was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year. 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 the Fall of 2014 he was inducted into the University of Tampa Hall of Fame.
Fulk left Tampa for a coaching stint at West Virginia University before finding a home with U.S. Soccer.
Coach Fulk spent eight years with the United States Soccer Federation and participating in four U17 World Youth Championships. He returns to Division II soccer after having worked with three head coaches who currently excel in Major League Soccer and coaching numerous players who currently play overseas and domestically. Some 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.
Holding his ‘A’ license from the United States Soccer Federation, the native of Myerstown, Pa. had 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 inducted into the SSC Hall of Fame in 2008.