In his six seasons with the Terps, Rob Vartughian has known nothing but success at the University of Maryland with NCAA appearances in each of his six seasons including four College Cups and two national championships. In addition, Vartughian has helped Maryland to a pair of championships in the ACC which is widely regarded as the top conference in the country. During his tenure at Maryland, the Terps have won 78 percent of their games posting a staggering 105-27-11 record.
Vartughian works primarly with the goalkeepers, but is also heavily involved with all aspects of the program. His efforts have helped land recruiting classes that are annually considered the best in the country. He also assists in training session planning, alumni relations, video breakdowns, travel coordination and tactical decisions and adjustments on game days.
Perhaps no one has had more success in the country at grooming some of the nation's top goalkeepers than Vartughian. He has helped mentor two freshman goalkeepers to national titles - the only two to do so since Brad Friedel in 1990. Last season, Vartughian guided the progression of Zac MacMath, who helped lead the Terps to 19-straight wins on its way to ACC and national championships. MacMath finished the season as the NCAA leader in goals-against average with 0.44, establishing a new school record in that category. MacMath was named to the ACC All-Rookie team and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team.
In 2005, Vartughian lead the development of goalkeeper of then-freshman Chris Seitz on its way to the national championship. Seitz was named Defensive MVP of the College Cup and made a memorable penalty kick stop in the final against New Mexico that helped preserve Maryland's 1-0 victory. Seitz was an All-ACC selection and was named to several All-America squads. The following season, Seitz hauled in more honors earning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, NSCAA All-America and Soccer America MVP. He was the fourth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake and has been in U.S. National team pool and was a member of the 2008 Olympic team.
Vartughian, a U.S. Soccer Federation B-License Coach, has helped Terp goalkeepers in four of his six seasons in College Park. Before Seitz, he helped guide Noah Palmer to one of the finest careers for a goalkeeper in Maryland history. Palmer set several school records and left Maryland with a school-record 34 career shutouts.
In addition to his dutings with the Terps, Vartughian has been tabbed as a goalkeeper coach at the national level and been involved with several of the national teams. He served as the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. U-23 Olympic team that played against Japan in preparation for qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In May of 2008, he served as an assistant for the U-15 national team that traveled to Spain for international friendlies. Also outside of his duties with the Terps, Vartughian also serves as a scout for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and in 2006 he was head coach of the Maryland Boys (1990s) ODP team that captured a national championship.
A collegiate keeper for St. Bonaventure from 1996-99 and then for Wake Forest in 2000, Vartughian came to College Park after spending two years as an assistant coach for Penn. While at Penn, he acted as both the men's and women's goalkeeping instructor, where his keepers earned All-American and Ivy League Player of the Year accolades, while both men's and women's teams went on to Ivy League titles in 2001 and 2002.
Vartughian was a Bonnie from 1996-99 and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor of science in accounting and finance before heading to Wake Forest to play his final season and begin graduate work in education. During his three seasons at St. Bonaventure, he set records for shutouts in a single season and career goals-against average. He finished his career as the starting goalkeeper at Wake Forest where he made 72 saves on the year.
Vartughian's playing career extended past college taking him to the Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League and both the Hampton Roads Mariners and Charleston Battery of the A-League teams. He spent 2001 with the South Jersey Barons Division III United Soccer League team. His other coaching experience includes being the director of goalkeeper training at the Elite 300 Soccer Academy.
Vartughian and his wife, Jessica, reside in Bowie.