January 23, 2017
Vermont's Cormier takes Florida Gulf Coast position
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Jesse Cormier, the University of Vermontís all-time leader in coaching wins, has accepted the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.
Cormier, who guided the Catamounts for 13 seasons, is tied with former New England Revolution assistant Ron McEachen with 114 victories, leading the team to three NCAA tournament berths. Last year, Vermont earned an at-large bid, winning 14 games, the second-most in program history.
"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the head men's soccer coach at UVM," Cormier said in a statement. "My 17-year journey here as a student-athlete and coach has been nothing short of amazing and is a big part of who I have become as a father, husband, and as a professional. I have had the honor and privilege of working with an amazing group of young men over the past 13 seasons. The great young men I've connected and built relationships with mean so much to me. It's amazing the talent, character, and quality that I was able to interact with on a daily basis.
"This decision has not been taken lightly and is centered on what I feel is in the best interest of my family at this time. I want to say a special thank you to associate head coach Rob Dow (now interim head coach) and all my assistants, staff, and the student-athletes that I have worked with throughout the years. I will always be indebted to Dr. Bob Corran who gave me the opportunity to have my dream job as the UVM head soccer coach and will be forever grateful to current athletic director Jeff Schulman for his visionary leadership, strong personal belief in me and providing amazing support for our program, the players, and staff over the years."
The Catamounts scored a school-record 42 goals and had the program's best scoring tandem of Bernard Yeboah and Revolution first-round draft choice Brian Wright, who tallied a combined for 25 goals.
"On behalf of the Athletic Department and the entire UVM community, I want to thank Jesse for his exceptional leadership of our men's soccer program for the past 13 years," Schulman said. "Jesse has helped establish Vermont soccer as one of the top programs in the region while always making the academic and personal well-being of our student-athletes his top priority. While we are obviously sorry to see him go, we understand and respect this decision and wish Jesse, Amy and their family all the best as they embark on this new phase of their lives. They will always be part of the Catamount athletic family."
Cormier guided the Catamounts to America East championships in 2007 and 2015 and a regular-season title in 2012, when he and his assistants were named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year. Cormier played for Vermont from 1991-95, scoring 24 goals.