DELAND—Stetson University men’s soccer head coach T. Logan Fleck passed away on July 20, 2014. He was 54.
Fleck, who was set to begin his eighth season with the Hatters, is survived by his mother, Carol Fleck; sister, Mary Beth Fleck; stepmother, Jan Fleck, and niece, Braden.
“Logan Fleck will be missed,” said Stetson Director of Athletics Jeff Altier. “He was a wonderfully caring person, committed to family, friends and student-athletes. Logan was passionate about the game of soccer and dedicated himself to advancing the game in college athletics. Logan was a person of high integrity and always demonstrated this integrity in the way he coached the game. Coach Fleck and his hallmark sense of humor will be missed by the DeLand community."
Fleck also coached at USF (men’s and women’s) and Arkansas-Little Rock, amassing 214 career victories in 25 seasons as a head coach. He was 59-47-18 in seven seasons at Stetson, 97-94-18 in 12 seasons with the USF women’s squad, 34-17 in three seasons with the USF men’s squad and 23-14-8 in three years with UALR.
Fleck's career began as a young boy who watched his father, the late Dr. Thomas Fleck, coach collegiate games at Lehigh University. Dr. Fleck was a soccer coach for decades at both the high school and collegiate level, and even coached against his son (Dr. Fleck won). Dr. Fleck was a cornerstone in his son's life. He provided the inspiration for his son to become a coach by his passion, love and enjoyment for the game of soccer.
The Fleck family sent out the following statement: "Logan loved soccer, he loved Stetson, and he loved his players and colleagues throughout his coaching career. Logan was more than a coach -- he was a mentor who gave generously of his time, talent and friendship. Most of all, Logan was loved by his family and friends who will miss him deeply. But Logan was a man of faith. We are confident that while he is no longer with us physically, he is with the Lord. So while we grieve, we also hope, "I would not have you grieve, Brothers and Sisters, like those who have no hope." (1 Thess 4:13)."
Fleck took over the reins of Stetson’s program in August of 2007 and guided the Hatters to an 11-5-2 mark and a second place finish in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In 2009 Fleck led the Hatters to the second Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship in the program's history and second-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson finished the regular season with 12 wins and then picked up postseason victories over ETSU and Mercer, before falling to, ironically, USF in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson’s final record was 14-4-2, giving Fleck the program record for the most wins in a season.
“I had only been at Stetson a few months when Coach Fleck and his Fall 2009 men’s soccer team won the first conference championship of my presidency,” said Stetson president Dr. Wendy Libby. “He was so pleased by that. I am wearing the conference championship ring today in his memory. I appreciated his enthusiasm and love of the game.”
Fleck began his coaching career at Seminole (Fla.) High School in Sanford, where he served as boy’s head coach. He also coached at Lyman High School in Orlando before accepting an assistant position at Florida Southern College, where served for two seasons. In 1987 he became the head coach at UALR, where he started both the men’s and women’s programs.
“Obviously I am shocked, saddened and stunned,” said Stetson women’s soccer head coach Manoj Khettry. “Logan’s reputation as a member of U.S. Soccer was well known and he has been a long-standing coach here in Florida. He took such great pride in being an American soccer coach and a staff coach of U.S. Soccer. Logan was never short on either words or thoughts about the game and was always available to exchange ideas with anyone about the game we all love. I feel so empty and disheartened for his family, his many friends and his players. We have lost a tremendously dedicated, experienced and loyal coach far too soon.”
T. Logan Fleck recently completed his seventh season as the head coach of Stetson University's men's soccer program in 2013. With stints at Arkansas-Little Rock and USF, the long time soccer veteran has compiled winning seasons in 11 out of his 13 years coaching collegiate soccer.
In seven seasons with the Hatters, Fleck has accumulated an overall record of 59-47-18, an Atlantic Sun Confernce mark of 33-19-8, led the Hatters to five league tournaments, two conference finals, one A-Sun Championship, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. On October 23, 2011, Fleck earned his 50th win with the Hatters.
In 2013, Fleck saw his team earn two of its three wins against A-Sun opponents, including back-to-back wins vs. Mercer (1-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (2-1). The Hatters also played to a draw with a pair of conference opponents for a 2-4-2 mark. The Hatters defended their home turf at the Athletic Training Center well, amassing a 3-3-1 mark in DeLand.
Stetson was also well represented as far as A-Sun honors were concerened in 2013, with a total of three Hatters recieving a total of five conference awards. Senior J.J. Bostic was named Second Team All-Atlantic Sun, while Bostick and goalie Andreas Schnabl won Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors once during the regular season. Schabl also was awarded Academic All-Conference honors as well as a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team. Fellow senior Evan Nimmo was also given A-Sun academic honors and Stetson was one of a select number of programs to earn an academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for having a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
While Stetson didn't find the success on the field it was looking for in 2012, there were many high notes this past season. Jonathan Mendoza earned A-Sun First Team honors, while Luis Ocejo and Kai Eckenrode were named to the A-Sun Second Team, the A-Sun Academic All-Conference Team, and the Capital One Academic All-Distrtic Team.
Mendoza, who graduated with the second most assists in Stetson history, signed with Orlando City this spring, extending Fleck's streak of developing special talent. The Hatters finished with a record of 3-10-2 in 2012, missing the conference tournament for the first time in Fleck's tenure, but the team ended the year by earning an NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Stetson recorded an excellent season under Fleck in 2011, going 10-5-4 overall and 6-1-1 in Atlantic Sun Conference action to finish second in the league standings. Fleck's tutelage resulted in Mendoza and Ocejo sweeping the A-Sun Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, respectively, with Gonzalo de Mujica joining them on the A-Sun First Team.
Eckenrode was a Second Team selection with JJ Lofthouse-Smith earning A-Sun All-Freshman Team honors. Most notably, however, was Mendoza becoming the first NSCAA All-American in Stetson men's soccer history with a Third Team selection after his 11-goal, five-assist season.
In 2010, Fleck led the Hatters to a 10-6-2 record and a second straight appearance in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament finals. Three Hatters (Frederik Brustad, Ryan Corning and Mendoza) earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors with Brustad becoming the first A-Sun Player of the Year in program history. Mujica was named to the Second Team and goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl to the All-Freshman Team. Corning, Mendoza and Schnabl made the A-Sun All-Tournament Team as well.
In 2009 Fleck led the Hatters to the second Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship in the program's history and second-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. Stetson finished the regular season with 12 wins and then picked up postseason victories over ETSU and Mercer, before falling to USF in the NCAA Tournament. The final season record was 14-4-2 giving Coach Fleck the program record for the most wins in a season. Four members of the 2009 team earned First Team All-Conference honors including senior Robert Hodge who was named the A-Sun's Defensive Player of the Year. One player, Mendoza, was voted to the All-Freshman Team.
In 2008 Fleck led the Hatters to their second consecutive winning season and second trip to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament under his guidance. Two members of his team earned All-Conference honors, and two players were voted to the All-Freshman Team. For the second consecutive season Stetson defeated Clemson from the ACC (1-0).
In 2007 he assumed the program just prior to the season and led the team to an impressive 11-5-2 record and a second place finish in the A-Sun. The Hatters placed four players on the all-conference team, two players on the all-freshman team and finished first in the league in defense with a 1.00 goals against average. The team's signature win was the 2-1 triumph over Clemson.
Fleck has 213 career victories in 25 years of coaching men's and women's soccer. Prior to coming to DeLand he was fixture at the University of South Florida. Fleck served as the head women's soccer coach, leading the Bulls to a 97-94-18 record. It was a program he brought from a non-scholarship team to a varsity squad that built an 11-3-0 record in his first season.
As his program grew, Fleck was honored as the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1998. That team blazed through the regular schedule unblemished and finished with a remarkable 15-1-3 overall record.
Twenty-two of Fleck's Bulls earned All-Conference USA honors between 1996-2004. USF placed seven players on all-conference teams in 1998, including first team selections Kristine Edner, Tia Opliger and Janeen Sobush. The burgeoning program produced its first C-USA individual award winner in 1998 when Tia Opliger was named C-USA Freshman of the Year. Fleck was rewarded as well as his league peers selected him C-USA Coach of the Year. His 2003 team continued to receive conference honors. Breck Bankester not only was named the C-USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, but also was named to the all-tournament team and to the All-Conference USA First Team. In addition, Katie Reed was named first team all-conference, and Stacci Sastre received third team honors.
Fleck's soccer success at USF actually began in 1989 when he joined then-head men's soccer coach Jay Miller's staff as an assistant. The Bulls churned out a 59-28-11 record under five seasons of Miller-Fleck leadership. USF claimed a Sun Belt Conference regular-season title in 1990 and a Metro Conference title in 1991.
Fleck assumed head coaching duties with the men's program following the 1993 season and turned in solid 9-7-0 and 8-6-0 seasons in 1994 and 1995, respectively. The 1996 season marked USF's return to national prominence in men's soccer when Fleck's 1996 team advanced to the NCAA Tournament after a 13-year absence. The team won a share of the C-USA regular-season title, laid claim to the conference tournament title and set a new program record for wins in a season with a 17-4-0 mark. Fleck's squad spent much of the season nationally ranked and rose as high as No. 10 in the Soccer News poll.
Fleck has an eye for talent. He was instrumental in the signing of several standout players on the men's side, including Major League Soccer star Mark Chung of the San Jose Earthquakes. He retired after the 2006 season after playing in 278 league matches, one of the highest totals in MLS history. Chung, who has made four MLS All-Star appearances as a member of four different teams (Kansas City, New York/New Jersey and Colorado), played under Fleck's tutelage from 1989 through 1992. Another standout was U.S. National Team member Jeff Cunningham of the MLS FC Dallas. He was the MLS scoring champion in 2006 and won the Golden Boot Award with 16 goals and 11 assists. One of his top women's players at USF Siri Norby is a member of the Norwegian National Team and played in the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
Other Fleck recruits include MLS-drafted players Todd Deneault and USF's all-time single-season goal-scoring leader Mike Mekelburg. Both were drafted in the 1997 MLS college draft. The Tampa Bay Mutiny selected Mekelburg in the first round while the Columbus Crew selected Deneault in the third round.
Fleck's first coaching job was at Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla., where he was the head boy's soccer coach. He also coached boy's soccer at Lyman High School in Orlando, Fla. Fleck was an assistant at Florida Southern College in 1985 and 1986, prior to accepting a position at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock where he initiated both men's and women's soccer programs. Fleck's men were 23-14-8 over three seasons and advanced to the Trans America Athletic Conference playoffs all three years. His first women's team at UALR was regionally ranked as high as ninth. The following season the women qualified for the Central Region playoffs.
Fleck holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" license as well as a Youth National License. He has been an instructor at U.S. Soccer National Coaching Schools and for National Youth Licenses as well. He was the head coach of the United States Youth Soccer Association South Regional teams from 1989-91 and is currently on both coaching staffs for the women's and men's South Regional teams. In addition, Fleck is currently a U.S. Soccer Federation National staff coach.
Fleck's career began as a young boy who watched his father, the late Dr. Thomas Fleck, coach collegiate games at Lehigh University. Dr. Fleck was a soccer coach for decades at both the high school and collegiate level, and even coached against his son (Dr. Fleck won). His father has especially made an impact in youth soccer, winning the NSCAA Youth Long-Term Service Award in 1996 for his achievements. In addition to that award, he also earned the following honors: Torch Bearer (Boise, Idaho) 2002 Winter Olympic Games Torch Relay, Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame, NSCAA Exceptional Services Award and the Order of AHEPA Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Fleck was a cornerstone in his son's life. He provided the inspiration for his son to become a coach by his passion, love and enjoyment for the game of soccer.