SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Robert Morris University Illinois Associate Director of Athletics Jared Williamson has announced the hiring of former RMU standout player Jose Burgos as Head Men's Soccer Coach at the RMU-Springfield campus.
"Jose's experience in the world of soccer, along with his passion for teaching, makes him a perfect fit," said Williamson. "His past experience as a standout student-athlete at RMU will add special value to his players' experience on the field and in the classroom."
Burgos played two seasons for the Eagles, earning numerous accolades before transferring to the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he played his final two years and graduated in 2006 with his Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
At RMU-Springfield, Burgos was named to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention Team (2002 & 2003), NAIA All-Region VII First Team (2002 & 2003), and CCAC All-Conference First Team (2002 & 2003). In addition, he earned the CCAC Conference Rookie of the Year award in 2002 after registering 15 goals and five assists, and then had eight goals and 19 assists the following year, with his 19 assists ranking him ninth in the NAIA. Burgos was the Eagles' MVP both seasons at RMU-Springfield.
The native of Chile is the founder and co-director of International Soccer Consultants, a company that works directly with club executives, investors, players, journalists, and agents to facilitate the transfer of players, and the development and implementation of technology and commercial projects. Burgos is also a soccer trainer and educator at Tecnica, training and developing soccer players' skills and abilities.
"I'm very excited to join the RMU-Springfield men's soccer program as head coach," stated Burgos. "From this role, I intend to help RMU build an exciting and reputable soccer program with a clear identity, which is one that attracts intelligent, talented, and passionate student-athletes who are committed to individual and team improvement. I will implement an innovative training methodology that focuses on technique, awareness, and ball control to help RMU players better perform and understand their role and responsibilities on the field. Specifically, my goal is for RMU-Springfield Men's Soccer to become recognized as highly competitive and consistently capable of winning games and titles."