As the head men’s soccer coach at Rutgers University (N.J.), Bob Reasso guided the Scarlet Knights to three NCAA Division I Final Fours and 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in 29 years.
His 1990 Rutgers team lost in the national final to UCLA.
Reasso stepped down last fall and will bring his expertise in all areas of athletics to Husson University in Bangor.
The 59-year-old Reasso was named the school’s senior associate athletic director on Wednesday.
He will start on May 1.
He signed a multi-year contract but terms of the contract were not disclosed.
His responsibilities will include working with the coaches and student-athletes, marketing, scheduling and event management.
Husson athletic director Cindy Connelley said she was thrilled to have Reasso on board. There were more than 165 applicants, she said.
“He is an innovator with great people skills,” said Connelley. “He will make an immediate impact and will make a contribution on a daily basis.”
His resume is impressive and includes his induction into three Halls of Fame.
He compiled a 351-183-71 record at Rutgers and led them to six Big East Conference championships. He coached 19 All-Americans and is ranked eighth among Division I soccer coaches in wins.
“I have always loved Maine,” said Reasso, who has an undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer University (N.C.) and a master’s degree from Springfield College (Mass.). “And if I had stayed at a Division I school, I would have been in just one track, either facilities [management], compliance or fund-raising.
“But I like being involved in everything and the only way to do that would be at a Division III school,” explained Reasso. “The more I looked at the Husson job, the more it made sense for me. And the first time I talked to Cindy, I found out we had a similar philosophy about the role of athletics in the college environment.”
Reasso said he conferred with several friends in New England and “they thought Husson was a great place to be and Bangor was a great place to be.”
Reasso and his wife Michelle have two children and they visited Bangor with their 16-year-old son Bobby.
“The thing that attracted us to Bangor was even though it is a city, there is a real sense of community and that’s very important,” said Reasso, a New Jersey native.
He was also impressed with the Husson administrators and coaching staff, its facilities and the school’s athletic success.
“The school has a tremendous amount of potential academically and athletically,” said Reasso.
He intends to help out in any way he can.
“I want to help the coaches be successful and make sure they have the tools they need to be successful. I also have experience in marketing and fund-raising so I believe I can help out in a lot of different areas,” said Reasso.
Connelley expects Reasso to help them take another step up the Division III ladder.
“We want to step up our non-conference schedule and improve in NCAA Tournament play. Over the past five or six years, only two of our teams have advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament,” said Connelley.
Reasso also spent time as the executive director of the Touchdown Club, which is the football boosters club at Rutgers, was the assistant director of the fund-raising Scarlet R Club, and was the assistant director of marketing and promotions.
He has been a consultant and technical director for the Champions World and organized and supervised visits by international professional soccer teams. He is president and director of the Bob Reasso Soccer School.
His first college job was as the baseball and soccer coach and assistant athletic director at the former Nasson College in Springvale before he went on coach the New Jersey Special Olympic team in the World Games and serve as general manager of an A-League soccer team and as the publicity director of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.