As the UCF250 continues, we now turn our attention over to top head coaches in UCF Knights history. Every UCF head coach that has been inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame is on the list, and every sport is represented.
#40 - Bobby Cashman (Men’s Tennis)
Bobby Cashman was the head coach at UCF from 2000 to 2016. He led the Knights to three NCAA Tournament appearances from 2003 to 2005. He is currently the head coach of both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs at Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College), and has led them to a top-six ranking in each of the last two years.
#39 - Courtney Trimble (Women’s Golf)
In her time at UCF from 2009-2012, Courtney Trimble guided the UCF Knights’ program to an NCAA Regional in 2012. In 2010, Trimble led UCF to its first team tournament wins since 2002. Trimble left UCF after 2012 for Louisville, where she still coaches.
#38 - Patricia Allison (Women’s Tennis)
Allison coached at UCF from 1999-2007, and led UCF to three Atlantic Sun regular season championships (1999, 2000, 2002), two conference titles (2000, 2002) and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2000, 2002). She was selected A-Sun Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002, and compiled a 102-65 overall record.
#37 - Terry Rooney (Baseball)
Rooney guided the Knights to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012, including a regional final appearance in 2012 in Coral Gables. He had an overall record of 261-209 at UCF.
Rooney was the 2014 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. But his best team was in 2012 when the Knights won 45 games for the first time since 2004, making it all the way up to 7th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, tying the highest ranking in program history. UCF also enjoyed its best season in C-USA with a program-record 16 conference wins and fell just one game short of the regular-season title while hosting Rice in a winner-take-all series.
Rooney left UCF after 2016 season to become an assistant coach at Alabama. Currently Rooney is the pitching coach at Houston.
#36 - Mike Kruczek (Football)
After serving as the offensive coordinator and QB coach for UCF from 1985-1997, Mike Kruczek was named UCF’s head coach in 1998 when Gene McDowell was forced to resign due to a cellular phone fraud scandal. Kruczek’s run as coach benefited from the fact that he inherited future NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper as a recruit.
In his first season, he led the Knights to a 9–2 record and had a verbal commitment to play in the first Oahu Bowl. However, when Miami upset undefeated UCLA, the resulting domino effect left the Knights out of what would have been their first bowl game ever. Another highlight was an upset win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2000, which gave UCF its first victory over a program from a BCS conference.
Kruczek’s Knights joined the Mid-American Conference as a football-only member starting in the 2002 season, with many pundits expecting the team to contend for the MAC’s Eastern Division championship with Marshall. The Knights finished 7–5 and earned second place in the MAC East, missing out on a division title thanks to a 5-point loss at Marshall.
UCF struggled mightily in 2003, going 3-9. Starting quarterback Ryan Schneider was dismissed from the team for academic violations and UCF had a 3-7 record before Kruczek was fired with three games remaining in the season after a loss to Eastern Michigan, despite having signed a three-year contract extension at the start of the season.
A former QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kruczek coached in the NFL and UFL after UCF, and is now the head coach at Trinity Prep in Winter Park.
#35 - Meg Colado (Volleyball)
Former Florida standout Meg Colado coached UCF Volleyball from 1999-2007, leading the Knights to three A-Sun championships (2001-2003) and three NCAA Tournament appearances (2001-2003), including an NCAA Tournament win over Cincinnati in 2003 to advance to the 2nd round. Colado went 134-131 overall, and shepherded the Knights from the A-Sun to Conference USA. Colado, now Meg Fitzgerald, still lives in Orlando.
#34 - Bob Winch (Men’s Soccer)
Bob Winch was UCF Men’s Soccer Head Coach from 1993-2004, leading UCF to three A-Sun Championships and trips to NCAA Tournament (2002-2004), reaching the 2nd round twice (‘03 and ‘04). Winch was A-Sun Coach of the Year four times (1993, 1996, 2002 and 2004) while going 112-100-6 during his time at UCF.
Winch and UCF parted ways after 2004, and he would serve one season as an assistant coach at Auburn before becoming head coach at The Citadel from 2006-2016.
#33 - Marcia Mansur-Wentworth (Track & Field, Cross Country)
Mansur-Wentworth guided UCF to two Cross-Country A-Sun Championships (1995, 1999) and eight outdoor track (1997, 1998, 2000-2005) Atlantic Sun championships before the Knights moved to Conference USA. She won 10 A-Sun Coach of the Year awards (‘97, ‘98, ‘00-’05) in Track and Field and two for Cross Country (1995 and 1999) during her 12-year tenure with the Knights. During that time, she also coached six conference athletes of the year, 50 individual conference champions, and saw her student-athletes win 194 all-conference honors before stepping down in 2007 to become the director of Track and Field at Cal State-Bakersfield.
#32 - Emilee Klein (Women Golf)
Klein became the head coach at UCF in 2005, where she spent four seasons, improving the program’s national ranking from 114th to as high as 35th in those four years. She led UCF to the NCAA Regional Tournament twice (2008, 2009) which was first time the program made the NCAA Tournament since 2002. Klein helped raise funds for a new on-campus golf facility and created and developed The UCF Challenge Golf Tournament. Klein played on the LPGA tour (1996-2004) winning three times.
Klein left UCF after 2009, becoming the head coach at San Diego State, where she remained from 2009-2011. Klein also coached at Tulsa from 2014-2018.
#31 - Joe Sanchez (Women’s Basketball)
Joe Sanchez helped transition Women’s Basketball program from the AIWA Division 1 level into being an NCAA Division I Independent. Sanchez posted a 92-37 record in his four seasons (1981-1985) as head coach, leading UCF to the AIWA Elite 8 in 1982 and making the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1983 and 1984.