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Kyle Cussen is in his eighth year at the helm of the Tulsa women’s soccer program. He was announced as the sixth head coach in school history on January 21, 2008. In 17 years as a collegiate head coach, Cussen has a 177-130-35 record, including a 67-56-20 mark in seven years at Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane has steadily improved under Cussen’s direction. Last year, TU tallied an 11-8-2 overall record and a 4-4-1 mark in American Athletic Conference play, marking the fourth-straight year for the Hurricane to post double-digit wins and a winning record. Rachel Thun picked up American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year honors and was tabbed to both the all-conference and all-Rookie teams. Two others were tabbed to the all-Rookie team, while a TU player was named the league’s Player of the Week five times.
In 2013, Tulsa recorded an 11-6-4 overall mark and a 4-3-3 record in league play. TU posted 12 shutouts, a new school record, including five-straight to tie the previous best set in 2011. Jordan O’Brien was named to the All-C-USA second team and NSCAA All-Central Region team, while Lana Bermel picked up All-Freshman team accolades.
The 2012 season saw Tulsa post a 12-6-4 overall record and a 6-3-2 mark in Conference USA play. Tulsa advanced to the C-USA Championship match, three players were named to the All-C-USA teams, three were selected to the league’s all-tournament team and one was named to the all-freshman team.
In 2011, the Hurricane compiled a 10-8-3 overall record, marking the first time since 2000 that TU posted double-digit wins and had a winning record. Tulsa also advanced to the C-USA Championship for just the second time since joining the league in 2005. TU scored 29 goals, posted 11 shutouts, including five-straight, to set a new school record for both shutouts in a season and consecutive shutouts, and had three players named to the All-Conference USA teams.
TU posted an 8-9-2 overall record and picked up three wins in Conference USA play in the 2010 campaign. The Hurricane scored 31 goals, 18 of which were scored by freshmen, and had a .495 shots-on-goal percentage. For her efforts, Jordan O’Brien was tabbed as the C-USA Freshman of the Year, while both Claire Nicholson and O’Brien were selected to the All-Freshman Team and earned All-C-USA honors.
In 2009, the Hurricane concluded the season with a 7-10-2 overall record, including five shutout victories, and a 4-7 mark in C-USA. Four players earned All-C-USA accolades, the first for Tulsa since joining the league in 2005.
In his first year at Tulsa, Cussen took a team that posted a 3-14-2 mark and scored just seven goals in the previous year to an 8-9-3 record and 41 goals in 2008. He nearly tripled the amount of wins and his team scored almost six times as many goals. TU had seven shutouts on the season, and 17 student-athletes scored a goal, including 11 that scored multiple goals.
Cussen was the head women’s coach at Oral Roberts University from 1998-2007. He posted an overall record of 110-74-15 in his 10 seasons, while compiling an eight-year conference mark of 35-15-8.
During his ORU tenure, Cussen’s teams won three regular season Mid-Continent Conference titles (2000, 2002 and 2004) and two Mid-Con Tournament crowns (1999, 2004), while appearing in the Mid-Con Tournament Championship game for six straight seasons (1999-2004). Cussen also led ORU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the program’s 12-year history in 2004.
In his time at ORU, Cussen coached 46 all-conference performers, 22 Mid-Con all-tournament team selections and five Mid-Continent Player of the Year honorees. He had one player earn Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year honors and had two Mid-Con Tournament MVP selections. Cussen also had 64 student-athletes earn academic all-conference accolades during his tenure, while three of his players earned all-Central Region honors.
Cussen was named the Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 after leading his team to the regular season championship, while going undefeated in league action.
An Oklahoma native, Cussen played collegiately at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. He graduated from SNU in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Cussen then served as an assistant women’s soccer coach for the SNU Redskins, helping to build a program in its early stages. While there, Cussen helped the team post an overall 51-9-1 record and qualify for the NAIA Regional all three years, including an NAIA Final Four berth in 1995.
Cussen spent time playing professionally for the Oklahoma City Slickers and the Tulsa Roughnecks. In 1999, he earned a master’s degree in education at ORU.
He and his wife, Misti, who is the head women’s basketball coach at Oral Roberts University, have two daughters; Cassie Grace and Caia Faith.
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