OXFORD, Ohio - A familiar face will be returning to the sidelines in Oxford as Hugh Seyfarth has been named the new Miami University women's soccer assistant coach, Head Coach Bobby Kramig announced Wednesday. Seyfarth, who previously served as an assistant with the RedHawks, begins his duties immediately and replaces Nate Lie, who took a similar position at the University of Cincinnati in December.
"I am thrilled to welcome Hugh back to Miami Soccer. He is a very talented coach and we enjoyed tremendous success during his tenure here in the early 2000s. I trust him and have great confidence in his abilities," Kramig said. "Certainly Hugh has big shoes to fill as Nate did a terrific job for us. While I was very sorry to have Nate leave, as he was a former player of mine and a very good coach, I have no doubt that Hugh will continue to develop our defense into one of the best in the MAC and the region."
Seyfarth comes back to Miami after serving as head coach of the men's soccer team at Division II Florida Southern College for the last eight seasons. He brings over 19 years of coaching experience to the RedHawks' staff, including 17 at the collegiate level and seven at Miami.
"It's kind of like coming home," Seyfarth said. "My history with Miami Soccer started in 1998 as a coach, but my history with Miami University predates my existence as my mother and father went to school here, my grandfather went to school here, my grandparents made their home here and my mom grew up in Oxford. I remember when the football stadium was where Pearson Hall is today and when Shriver Center had a bowling alley. It's great to be back. I've always liked this atmosphere. It's a big university but it has this small-town feel."
While in charge of Florida Southern, Seyfarth led the Moccasins to six wins over top-25 teams, five of which came in the last three years. With a win over a nationally-ranked team each of the last three seasons, he became the first coach in school history to accomplish the feat while the Mocs' win over No. 5 Rollins in 2011 was the team's first over a top-five team since 2000. He guided Florida Southern to a 41-74-9 record in his eight years at FSC, but recorded six of the program's 12 wins over top-25 teams during his tenure, including the Mocs' first-ever win over conference foe Lynn in 17 tries in 2010. That same season, FSC won at rival Rollins, its first win at Rollins, which went on to be national runner-up, since 1965.
Under Seyfarth's watch, the Mocs had a pair of first-team all-conference players in 2010 and 2011 with both also garnering all-region accolades, including Zach Hofstetter, who was the Division II national scoring champion in 2011. Ashley Holmes earned all-league honors for the third straight season in 2012. The team also excelled academically under Seyfarth's tutelage, as FSC earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award each of his final six seasons in Lakeland, Fla.
While at Florida Southern, Seyfarth coached Miami's other assistant coach, Matt Ward, for two years (2005-06), as Ward was a goalkeeper for the Mocs from 2003-06. Ward was hired on the RedHawks' staff in the spring of 2011. All three Miami coaches actually have ties to FSC, as Kramig was also a goalkeeper for the Moccasins from 1978-81. In addition to his connection with Ward and previous stint as an assistant under Kramig, Seyfarth has known Kramig since attending a camp at Miami back in 1986 while his ties to Miami date back to his grandfather's graduation in 1924.
Prior to taking over the men's program at Florida Southern in 2005, Seyfarth coached at Miami for seven years. He started as a volunteer coach in 1998 working with both the men's and women's programs, serving in that role for two years while earning his master's degree from Miami in business administration (marketing). After earning his master's in 2000, he was promoted to full-time assistant for the women's team, coaching the RedHawks for the next five years, primarily working with the defense, as he'll do again this time around. During that time, he helped guide Miami to three Mid-American Conference Tournament titles (2000, 2001 and 2002), three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the second round, and aided in the RedHawks capturing the program's first MAC regular-season title in 2002. Under his watch, Miami set a program record with 10 shutouts in 2002, when the team won a then-school record 19 games.
While working as a coach at Miami, Seyfarth taught in the department of management in Miami's Farmer School of Business from 2000-05, as well. He was also instrumental in organizing Miami's youth soccer tournament, which included upwards of 200 club teams from across the region.
Seyfarth started in collegiate coaching at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., where he was an assistant coach for the men's program from 1996-98. That also included a stint as interim head coach during part of the 1996 season.
A native of Centerville, Ohio, Seyfarth began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Centerville High School, serving as an assistant coach and goalkeepers coach for two years from 1994-95. While there, he coached the starting goalkeeper into a high school All-American. During his early coaching days, he also coached several club teams in Ohio and Indiana and worked with the Indiana Olympic Development Program while at Earlham. He has served on the NCAA Division II National Men's Soccer Committee while at FSC, as well.
Seyfarth, who holds a USSF "A" coaching license, earned his undergraduate degree in history from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. in 1994. He was a four-year standout goalkeeper for the Tigers' soccer team, garnering MVP honors while being named captain during his final season. With Seyfarth in goal, DePauw posted a four-year record of 52-14-5.
Seyfarth is married to the former Stacey Russo, who was an athletic trainer at Miami from 2003-05, while the couple has two daughters, Madison (2 and a half years old) and Ella (10 months).
The RedHawks' women's soccer team is coming off one of its best seasons in program history as Miami won both the MAC regular-season and tournament championships in 2012 while winning a school-record 20 games (20-3-1). Miami went unbeaten in league play at 10-0-1 and earned its fourth NCAA Tournament berth, upsetting No. 20 Tennessee in the first round in Knoxville in overtime, 3-2.