Tulsa Names Kyle Cussen as Women's Soccer Coach
Jan. 21, 2008
Tulsa, Okla. - University of Tulsa Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham announced the appointment today of Kyle Cussen as the Golden Hurricane head women's soccer coach.
Cussen has spent the past 10 years as the head women's coach at Oral Roberts University. He has posted an overall record of 110-74-15 in his 10 seasons, while posting an eight-year conference mark of 35-15-8.
"I am very excited about the opportunity and potential that the Tulsa women's soccer program has to offer," Cussen said. "My goal is to get this program back to where it needs to be, with winning seasons and competing for a conference championship."
During his 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 2007, Cussen coached the Golden Eagles to an 8-9-3 mark and a 2-3-3 record in The Summit League. The Golden Eagles advanced to the postseason conference tournament for the first time in three years despite having 10 newcomers see significant action on the field.
In his time at ORU, Cussen has coached 46 all-conference performers, 22 Mid-Con all-tournament team selections and five Mid-Continent Player of the Year picks. He also had one player earn Mid-Con Newcomer of the Year honors and 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 also 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.
Cussen was handed the reins of the ORU women's program in December 1997 after the program was established in 1993.
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, and then served as the assistant women's soccer coach for the 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, have two daughters; Cassie Grace and Caia Faith.
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