Thomas Rusling
Thomas Rusling
Title: Head Men's Soccer Coach
Phone: (704) 661-8280

Rusling is in his first season as the men's soccer assistant coach after a highly-touted four-year career with the Bobcats.

A Sheffield, England native, Rusling impressed when he finished 30th in the nation in save percentage (0.802), 31st in total saves (81) and 42nd in saves per match (4.76) as a junior. He amassed 50 saves and blanked seven opponents with a 1.20 goals against average in his final year as a Bobcat.

In the Record Book: Third in career goals against average (1.06) and save percentage (0.773)…Fourth in shutouts (14)…Fifth in wins (24) and saves (187).

As a junior (2012): Ranked 30th in the nation in save percentage (0.802), 31st in total saves (81), 42nd in saves per match (4.76), and 56th in goals against average (1.12)…Third in the conference in goals against average, saves, and save percentage…Fifth-best single-season save percentage in program history (0.802)…Made seven saves in the season opener against eventual national champion Lynn (Aug. 31)…Kept a clean sheet with five saves against Catawba (Sep. 2)…Shut out North Greenville with four saves (Sep. 15)…Season-high nine saves against Limestone (Oct. 10).

As a sophomore (2011): NSCAA NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Third teamAll-Conference Carolinas Third team…Ranked 47th in the nation in save percentage (0.781), 62nd in goals against average (1.21), and 78th in saves per match (4.1)…Second in the conference in goals against average and fourth in save percentage…Tied for seventh-best single-season win total in program history (12)…Tied for eighth-best single-season shutout total (5)…Eighth-lowest single-season goals against average (1.16)…Appeared in 20 matches, making 19 starts…Allowed one goal or less in 13 matches, including five clean sheets…Back-to-back shutouts against Lenoir-Rhyne (Sep. 7) and St. Andrews (Sep. 10)…Posted a clean sheet against North Greenville (Sep. 17) with three saves…Kept a clean sheet against Belmont Abbey (Oct. 12) with six saves…Recorded a shutout at No. 5 Coker (Oct. 22) with six saves…Season-high eight stops in a 2-1 win at Limestone (Oct. 25).

As a freshman (2010): Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Second teamConference Carolinas all-Tournament team and MVP…Led the conference in goals against average (0.93)…Tied for fifth in shutouts (four)…Appeared and started in 21 matches…Allowed one goal and made four saves against Limestone (Sep. 11)…First career shutout against Carson-Newman (Sep. 22)…Kept a clean sheet at Barton (Sep. 25)…Season-high six saves at North Georgia (Oct. 14)…Posted three straight shutouts in the conference tournament, including a clean sheet against Coker (Nov. 7) in the final with a season-high six saves.

High School: Graduated from Sheffield College in Sheffield, England…Played club soccer for Barnsley FC in Barnsley, England…Coached by Ronnie Branson and Mark Burton.

Personal: Born on Nov. 14, 1991 in Rotherham, England…Son of Fraser and Bev Rusling…Has one brother, Danny (17)…Majoring in sport science…Plans to pursue a professional coaching carrer at the collegiate level…Dean’s List.