Fuller’s house no longer.
After 20 years as Penn men’s soccer coach, Rudy Fuller has moved from Rhodes Field to Weightman Hall. Fuller has accepted a promotion to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Programs.
In his two decades leading men’s soccer, Fuller won three Ivy League titles. In the 10 years before taking control of the program, the Quakers had just one winning season. Since then, Fuller has lead Penn to six. Fuller’s 136 wins and .460 winning percentage rank fourth and fifth in program history respectively.
Fuller led the Quakers to a 4-11-1 record this season, finishing in seventh in the Ancient Eight.
“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Grace Calhoun for providing me an opportunity to join her senior leadership team within Penn Athletics,” Fuller said in a statement. “Over the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of serving as the James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the student-athletes, alumni, and friends of Penn Soccer.”
“I take great pride in having been a part of such a storied and successful program, and I am confident that the program is poised for significant success in the years ahead.”
Fuller’s best on-field achievements include winning an outright Ivy title in 2013 and progressing to the second round of the NCAA tournament in both 2002 and 2010.
Fuller has been close to Athletic Director M. Grace Calhoun since the hiring process. The longtime coach was one of only two on the hiring committee that eventually settled on Calhoun in 2014. Last summer, Fuller was named a Special Advisor to the Athletic Director.
“We are excited to have Rudy join our administrative team in this very important role,” Calhoun said in a statement. “His experience as a head coach at Penn will enable him to effectively lead our intercollegiate programs as we strive to reach our competitive goals set forth in the Division's strategic plan. Rudy has made numerous relationships with University partners during his career which will benefit Penn Athletics and its student-athletes.”
The announcement of Fuller's promotion comes less than two months after Sherryta Freeman, who worked as the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, left Penn to begin as the Director of Athletics at Lafayette.