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Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming announces retirement after 40-year career

Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming announced his retirement on Thursday.
Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming announced his retirement on Thursday. Centre Daily Times, file

Penn State men’s soccer coach Bob Warming, the eighth all-time winningest coach in Division I history, announced his retirement Thursday morning.

His career spanned 40 years, including the last eight in Happy Valley. He finished with 461 career wins and two national Coach of the Year Awards and, at Penn State, guided the Nittany Lions to two Big Ten titles and three NCAA tournament appearances.

“Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this collegiate coaching journey,” Warming said in a written statement. “I have been so fortunate. Fortunate to have met, worked with, worked for, and been a coach to, so many amazing people. People that I love, respect and admire. People that I have learned much from about the continual challenge of coaching, teaching and leading.

“Time has flown by, but relationships have lasted, and it’s been wonderful to observe so many former players become great men in their professions and wonderful husbands to their families. Some have gone on to become collegiate head coaches and two of them have their teams in the NCAA Division I Tournament this week.”

According to the university, a national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Warming will help in that process.

Warming took over at Penn State in 2010 and made an instant impact. That season, the Nittany Lions won 14 games — their most since 2002. And, within four years, he had led PSU to back-to-back Big Ten championships and even an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

He finishes with 32 winning seasons in 40 years. He has worked with eight programs during that time, from the Transylvania Pioneers in 1976 to Penn State from 2010 to 2017. He’s also coached such programs as Creighton, Saint Louis, Old Dominion, Charlotte and Division III Berry.

“Bob has been a great ambassador for Penn State, leading our men’s soccer program with high character, integrity, a positive attitude and a smile on a daily basis throughout his outstanding career,” Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said. “On behalf of Penn State, we are sad that Bob is retiring from coaching, but thankful for his impact on our community and happy for what awaits in the next chapter of his life.”

Although Penn State hasn’t had a winning season since 2014, Warming still won 28 career conference championships. His career record stands at 461-290-82.

“This is a fantastic coaching job and opportunity for someone,” Warming added. “The new coach will be in for a remarkable experience with the Penn State community. “