Former Flames standout Adrian Bumbut has joined the Liberty Men's Soccer coaching staff.
Liberty Men's Head Soccer Coach Jeff Alder has announced that former Flames standout Adrian Bumbut has joined the Liberty Men's Soccer coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
"We are thrilled to have Adrian as a part of our coaching staff," stated Alder. "He played an integral part in our success during his four years as a student-athlete here at Liberty and was instrumental in helping our program reach new heights during our Big South Conference championship run."
"His ability to draw from his experiences at Liberty, as well as, in the professional ranks will help our team as we move forward on our quest to get back to the winners circle." Bumbut, a native of Zalau, Romania, was one of the Big South's most potent scoring threats during his time at Liberty from 2004-07. He finished his career listed fourth all-time in program history with 79 points and is tied for fourth all-time with 32 goals. In addition, he ranks 10th on the program's assist list with 15. The forward/midfielder scored a career-high 29 points with 12 goals and five assists as a senior during Liberty's run to the 2007 Big South Championship and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. His season point total ranks 10th on Liberty's all-time list. At the end of the year, Bumbut earned NSCAA South Atlantic Region and Big South first team honors. He also was named to the 2005 Big South second team and was a three-time VaSID All-State team member. After finishing his career at Liberty, Bumbut was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft. Currently, he plays for the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) Baltimore Blast, where he was named to the 2008-09 MISL All-Rookie team as the Blast won the MISL Championship. In addition, Bumbut played outdoors from 2008-10 for the United Soccer League's Richmond Kickers and in 2010, played for Crystal Palace Baltimore. In 2009, he was a member of the USL Champion Kickers.
Bumbut graduated from Liberty in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He leads and has led several youth programs on various levels including several teams with the Abingdon Football Club based in Abingdon, Md. Bumbut has begun his duties with the Flames, as the team prepares for its season opener Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind. against the IUPUI Jaguars.
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