DEFIANCE, OHIO - Cory Bucur, an energetic coach with a desire to help young athletes achieve success, has been selected as head men's soccer coach of the Defiance College Yellow Jackets.
Bucur comes to Defiance after serving as the Assistant Coach for Lake Erie from 2015 where he has held multiple roles.
While at Lake Erie, he assisted with the day-to-day operations, as well as recruiting and developing a soccer-specific strength and conditioning program. Bucur also coordinated various fundraising events for the men's soccer program ranging from youth camps all the way to high school aged events. His most recent role since 2017 has seen him focus primarily on goalkeepers.
His commitment to higher education didn't stop there as Bucur also worked as an admission counselor for the Storm helping with the recruitment of students locally, regionally, and abroad.
Bucur also is a head coach for Ambassadors FC, a club soccer program located in Macedonia, Ohio where he leads all training sessions as well as attends and coaches the team at various statewide and regional events. He has lead two 03' aged boys teams to a large number of success, including reaching the Great Lakes Alliance regional league playoff rounds for the first time in the club's history.
"I am excited to take on a new challenge in my coaching career by coming to Defiance College. I feel very passionately about the benefits of being a student-athlete in a small, liberal arts environment and I believe DC has all the tools for students to succeed on and off the field. The program has a strong foundation in place from past coaches and alums and I am determined to keep that momentum going by combining my philosophies and experiences with the personalities and abilities of the current group of guys to achieve new heights for Defiance College Men's Soccer!"
Bucur completed his undergraduate degree in Adolescent/Young Adult Education before receiving his Master of Business in 2017 from Lake Erie College.