(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – BJ Pheasant) – Jeff Cummings has resigned his position as head women’s soccer coach at Thomas More College to pursue opportunities outside of athletics it was announced by Director of Athletics Terry Connor. Coach Cummings has had an enormous impact on the women’s and men’s soccer programs in his time with the Saints. He has a combined 345 career victories at Thomas More and is in the NCAA record books with a Top 10 All-Time career winning percentage.
The 2016 season added a sixth straight PAC conference title to the resume and also included a return to the “Sweet 16” or better for the fourth straight year. The Saints are one of only three teams out of 433 NCAA Division III to achieve this level of success in four consecutive years. The season also included the NSCAA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year award.
“The success I have been a part of at Thomas More College with both the women’s and men’s programs,” said Jeff Cummings, “is a direct correlation to the players I have had the pleasure to coach and their hard work. And the many staff members over the years that have shown their enthusiasm and dedication. I can’t thank all of them enough for their commitment to being great people and soccer players.”
When asked about his favorite memory, “It’s difficult to pick just one. From making the Elite 8, to the trips to Costa Rica with the team, to the date 11-4-11, which is the first date of four straight years both the men’s and women’s teams won the PAC championship on the same day there are so many great ones to choose.”
The Thomas More Saints finished the 2016 season with a 22-1-1 mark and peaked at a No. 3 national ranking entering the NCAA tournament. This season the TMC defense had the most shut outs in the nation with 19. The Saints defense has been even more impressive with six games in which opposing teams did not even take a shot. And they have the lowest goals against average of anyone qualifying for the NCAA tournament with 0.14 goals per game allowed.
Head men’s soccer coach Eric Busener said, “I am very thankful to Jeff (Cummings) for giving me a start in coaching. Thomas More College is not only losing a great coach, but a better friend. TMC soccer is where it is today because of the hard work and countless hours building the men’s and women’s programs to national prominence. I wish Jeff all the success in the world as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.”
Assistant women’s soccer coach BJ Pheasant stated, “Coach Cummings is the reason I came to Thomas More College. The chance to learn from one of the top ten soccer coaches in the nation at all divisions was one I couldn’t pass up. I am fortunate to be able to count him as a mentor and a friend and all the best in his future endeavors.”
“We appreciate the contributions that Coach Cummings made to our soccer programs and our campus community as a whole during his tenure,” Connor said. “He and his staff have worked hard to create nationally respected programs as the Thomas More men’s and women’s soccer teams are two of the best program in the country. We wish Jeff and his family the best in their future endeavors.”
Additionally, with the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) tournament semifinal victory this past season Cummings earned his 200th victory with the women’s soccer team (203 total) at Thomas More in a career that has spanned 13 years with Saints women’s soccer program.. Cummings also the head coach of the Saints men’s soccer team for 12 years and has an additional 142 victories before retiring from the men’s side of the ledger two years ago.