The 2018 season proved to be a positive and nationally-recognized first year of the Casper era, as the Bucs finished with a 9-7-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the Southern Conference for a second place finish. The Bucs were ranked as high as No. 18 in the national RPI rankings — the highest in program history — and as high as No. 2 in strength of schedule out of 206 NCAA D1 programs nationwide.
In the second season under Casper, the 2019 Bucs tallied a 8-8-2 record and a 4-2-0 finish in the SoCon before falling in the first round of the SoCon Tournament as the #3 seed against Belmont. With a combined 17-15-3 record in the first two seasons, Casper set a program mark for best record in the first two years as Buccaneer head coach. Under Casper’s tutelage, Josh Perryman was awarded Southern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year after finishing the season with a conference-best save percentage (.778), ranking 2nd in the league with a 1.01 GAA and finishing with 63 saves. For more information on Coach Casper, click here.
Max Watson comes to VMI from Mountain View High School where he was the Head Boys’ Soccer Coach for the spring of 2019. During his tenure, Mountain View posted a 17-4-1 record including a Commonwealth District Championship and a trip to the state tournament. He was awarded both the Commonwealth District Coach of the Year and VHSL Region 5D Coach of the Year by his peers. During this time, Watson also continued his endeavors with Stafford Soccer Club through both on-field coaching and office duties. Prior to Mountain View, Watson was an assistant coach for the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer program for a three-year stint (2015-2018). Active in all aspects of the program at UMW including recruitment, coordinating training sessions, and game day instruction, he helped guide the Eagles to a 41-15-3 overall record highlighted by a Capital Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Watson was a member of Head Coach Jason Kilby's staff that earned Coach of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017 for Mary Washington. Click here to read more about Coach Watson.