June 3, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming soccer coach Pete Cuadrado announced Monday the addition of Bob Casper to his staff for the 2013 season.
Casper comes to UW from Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kan.), where he served for six years as the men's soccer head coach. His primary duties at Wyoming will be over the goalkeepers and will also handle various administrative responsibilities for the program.
"Bob brings a wealth of experience to our program having been a head coach the past six years," Cuadrado said. "He has proven to be a winner throughout his coaching career and brings experience to our staff."
In his six seasons at OU, Casper coached 30 All-KCAC selections, 12 KCAC Scholar Athletes, one KCAC Goalkeeper of the Year, one KCAC Freshman of the Year, one Region IV selection and three Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athletes.
In 2012, the Braves finished in the top half of the KCAC, finishing with an overall record of 12-6-1 and a conference record of 7-2-0. OU had six players named to the All-KCAC teams with Drinnan Sante earning the program's first KCAC Goalkeeper of the Year honor. The Braves finished the season ranked 30th in the NAIA in total shutouts (6), 33rd in total saves (115), 40th in shutouts per game (0.3), and 46th in saves per game (5.7). At Ottawa, he compiled a 50-56-7 overall record and 26-16-3 record in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Prior to Ottawa, Casper spent one year at Barton County Community College where he coached the women's team to a fifth-place finish in the Jayhawk Conference.
Before coaching at BCCC he was an assistant at Bemidji State, an NCAA Division II program in Minnesota. The year before Casper's arrival at Bemidji State, the team had a 5-13-1 overall record, but in his first season he helped BSU to a 10-10 record and fourth-place finish in the conference tournament. In his second season at BSU, the team finished 12-4-7 overall and placed second in the NSIC.
Casper earned a bachelor of science in social sciences with an emphasis in history from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2003 and a master's degree in sports studies from Bemidji State in 2012. Casper was a four-year soccer letterwinner at UW-P and was involved in the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (PSAAC).
He has an NSCAA Regional Diploma/NSCAA State Goalkeeping Diploma (Level I), an NSCAA Advance National Diploma and a USSF "D" License.
His wife, Kerry, coached softball at BSU from 2005-06, Ottawa from 2007-08 and Maple Woods Community College from 2010-11. Most recently, she served as an enrollment advisor at Ottawa from 2011-13.
Casper replaces former UW assistant coach Matt Fannon, who left the program in April for a head coaching position at Wittenberg University in Ohio.
Casper's contract and hiring are pending final approval from the University of Wyoming.