@StetsonMSoccer and finished first in the league in defense with a 1.00 goals against average. The team’s signature win was the 2-1 triumph over Clemson. Fleck has 210 career victories in 24 years of coaching men’s and women’s collegiate soccer. Prior to coming to DeLand he was fixture at the University of South Florida. Fleck served as the head women’s soccer coach, leading the Bulls to a 97-94-18 record from 1995-2006. It was a program he brought from a nonscholarship team to a member of the BIG EAST Conference. As his program grew, Fleck was honored as the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1998. That team blazed through the regular schedule unblemished and finished with a remarkable 15-1-3 overall record. Twenty-two of Fleck’s Bulls earned All-Conference USA honors. USF placed seven players on all-conference teams in 1998, including first team selections Kristine Edner, Tia Opliger and Janeen Sobush. The burgeoning program produced its first C-USA individual award winner in 1998 when Tia Opliger was named C-USA Freshman of the Year. Fleck was rewarded as well as his league peers selected him C-USA Coach of the Year. His 2003 team continued to receive conference honors. Breck Bankester not only was named the C-USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, but also was named to the all-tournament team and to the All-Conference USA First Team. Fleck’s soccer success at USF actually began in 1989 when he joined then-head men’s soccer coach Jay Miller’s staff as an assistant. The Bulls churned out a 59-28-11 record under five seasons of Miller-Fleck leadership. USF claimed a Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in 1990 and a Metro Conference title in 1991.
Fleck’s Year-by-Year Men’s Soccer 1987 UALR 1988 UALR 1989 UALR 1994 USF 1995 USF 1996 USF 2007 Stetson 2008 Stetson 2009 Stetson 2010 Stetson 2011 Stetson 2012 Stetson Total 12 years
9-5-2 8-4-3 6-5-3 9-7-0 8-6-0 17-4-0 11-5-2 8-7-2 14-4-2 10-6-2 10-5-4 3-10-2 113-68-22
Women’s Soccer 1995 USF 1996 USF 1997 USF 1998 USF 1999 USF 2000 USF 2001 USF 2002 USF 2003 USF 2004 USF 2005 USF 2006 USF Total 12 years
11-3-0 6-11-1 10-6-1 15-1-3 11-8-0 6-10-1 4-13-2 8-8-2 8-8-2 5-9-2 7-7-3 6-10-1 97-94-18
Fleck assumed head coaching duties with the men’s program following the 1993 season and turned in solid 9-7-0 and 8-6-0 seasons in 1994 and 1995, respectively. The 1996 season marked USF’s return to national prominence in men’s soccer when Fleck’s 1996 team advanced to the NCAA Tournament after a 13-year absence. The team won a share of the C-USA regular-season title, laid claim to the conference tournament title and set a new program record for wins in a season with a 17-4-0 mark. Fleck’s squad spent much of the season nationally ranked and rose as high as No. 10 in the Soccer News poll.
Fleck has an eye for talent. He was instrumental in the signing of several standout players on the men’s side, including Major League Soccer star Mark Chung of the San Jose Earthquakes. He retired after the 2006 season after playing in 278 league matches, one of the highest totals in MLS history. Chung, who has made four MLS All-Star appearances as a member of four different teams (Kansas City, New York/New Jersey and Colorado), played under Fleck’s tutelage from 1989 through 1992. Another standout was U.S. National Team member Jeff Cunningham of the MLS FC Dallas. He was the MLS scoring champion in 2006 and won the Golden Boot Award with 16 goals and 11 assists. One of his top women’s players at USF Siri Norby is a member of the Norwegian National Team and played in the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Other Fleck recruits include MLS-drafted players Todd Deneault and USF’s all-time single-season goal-scoring leader Mike Mekelburg. Both were drafted in the 1997 MLS college draft. The Tampa Bay Mutiny selected Mekelburg in the first round while the Columbus Crew selected Deneault in the third round. Fleck’s first coaching job was at Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla., where he was the head boy’s soccer coach. He also coached boy’s soccer at Lyman High School in Orlando, Fla. Fleck was an assistant at Florida Southern College in 1985