Ruben Resendes (hiring release) enters his first season as the head coach of the Franklin Pierce University men's soccer team in 2019.
Resendes will make his second collegiate head coaching stop, as he previously spent two seasons at the helm of Dean College, where he guided the Bulldogs through their final season at the junior college level in 2015 and into their exploratory year at the Division III level in 2016. At Dean, he posted a 33-3-0 record over 36 games, which included an undefeated regular season in 2015.
Most recently, Resendes spent the last two seasons as the top assistant coach at Division I University of Vermont, where he was responsible for all recruiting and practice planning, among other duties. The Catamounts captured the America East Conference regular-season title in 2017, for the third time in program history.
Prior to his stints at Dean and Vermont, Resendes picked up collegiate coaching experience as an assistant at his alma mater, SNHU (2014), as well as Division III Emmanuel College (2013), where he was the associate head coach. In addition to his experience at the college level, Resendes has served as the Director of Coaching and Youth Development for Blackwatch Burlington Premier Soccer Club in 2017 and 2018, and previously spent four years as an academy coach and scout in the New England Revolution system.
As an undergraduate, Resendes was a four-year standout at fellow NE10 member SNHU from 2009 through 2012 (bio), a time when the Penmen and Ravens routinely clashed as two of the region’s premier programs. He was named the NE10 Rookie of the Year in 2009, and followed up with three straight All-NE10 selections in his sophomore through senior seasons, including First Team nods in 2011 and 2012. Resendes was also a three-time All-Region selection during his career, including consensus First Team All-Region honors as a senior, when he started all 23 games in the midfield and capped his career with an All-America Second Team selection as well.
During his career, the Penmen qualified for the NCAA Championship in all four seasons and advanced to the national quarterfinal on three occasions. Resendes went on to play one season professionally in Iceland’s top division with UMF Tindastoll.
Originally from Fall River, Mass., Resendes is a 2013 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, with a degree in sport management.