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Men’s Soccer: head coach Kos Donev released from contract

After joining the program as a player, Donev spent 30 years at the helm of the team.

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Following 30 years serving as the head coach of the Florida Atlantic Men’s Soccer team, Kos Donev was let go by the team early in December 2016.

According to assistant athletic director for media relations Katrina McCormack, Donev’s contract was not renewed by FAU Athletics at the end of the season. No specific reason was given for the choice to let him go.

Donev, who played soccer at FAU from 1985-86, went 212-279-32 during his time as head coach, winning two regular season conference championships and one postseason conference championship.

His recent tenure was not marked by success however, as his team had only one winning season since 2007.

Giovanni De la Rosa, an assistant coach who joined Donev’s team in 2013, currently sits as the interim head coach. McCormack said that the program is still looking for a new head coach for next season.

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  1. Jason on January 19th, 2017 7:25 am

    Coach Donev is an FAU great. He was driving force in establishing the FAU program. However, he will be greatly remembered for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game with many Boca Raton youth players. Some of whom went on to play at the college level. He was instrumental in helping my son fall in love with the game, and for that I thank him. I wish him the best and I believe our community will definitely miss him.

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