Christian Bobak – Head Men's Soccer Coach
Christian Bobak is heading into his second season as head men's soccer coach at Franciscan University.
In his first season at the helm, the Barons won the most games in program history (10) and earned a spot in the AMCC tournament for the first time ever.
Bobak served as an assistant coach under Ward Rogers last season and will take the reigns as the head coach beginning with the 2016 season. Rogers will remain with the team and serve the program in an advisory capacity.
“I cannot express how excited I am to coach the Franciscan men's soccer team,” remarked Bobak. “I am especially honored to work with the group of coaches and players who are currently in the program and those that will be joining us in the fall 2016; they have remarkable character, talent, and a willingness to be a true team.”
Last season, the Barons set a program record in total goals (37), assists (24), and points (98) in a season as a team. Three players were named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference teams, including Leo Herrmann who was named Offensive Player of the Year. Joseph Duran and John Imbimbo each earned their third-straight all-conference selections as well.
Bobak played for Franciscan from 2007-2010 while serving as team captain in the Barons first years of NCAA competition. During his time on the pitch, Bobak was named the team MVP, was the recipient of men’s soccer St. Sebastian Award (2009 season) and was named to the All-AMCC second team (2009 season).
In high school, Bobak won two state championships in soccer in New York and played, and trained, with the Olympic Soccer Program.
“Personally, it is a dream come true to coach for the team that I played for and has meant so much to me in my life,” continued Bobak. “I have made life-long friendships and I credit much of my formation in college to this team. I am grateful to many people: the Franciscan Athletics Department for this opportunity, for Coach Ward in his example he has set for me and for all the former players and coaches who have continued and shared in the Franciscan men’s soccer team legacy.”
While a student at Franciscan, Bobak served on the Baron Athlete Advisory Committee (now called Student Athlete Advisory Committee) and served on several university-sponsored mission trips, including lead SonLife his senior year.
Bobak developed and implemented the first Catholic soccer camp held at Franciscan in 2009. He helped to manage and train coaches and volunteers who minister to youth ages 15-18 through daily liturgy, music ministry, and athletics.
Prior to returning to the Barons, Bobak was the head soccer coach for the Louisiana Fire soccer club in New Orleans, Louisiana from 2012-2014. Bobak also taught theology and was the head soccer coach at St. Paul’s High School in Covington until 2015. During his tenure, St. Paul’s won three state championships and ranked number one in the nation for the 2014-15 season in the national coaches’ poll.
Alongside coaching, Bobak continued his playing career as a member of the prestigious ISLANO – International Soccer League of New Orleans- playing for Montogua Club. His team consisted of professional and semi-professional soccer players and won a league championship in 2013.
“I also want to recognize and thank Antonio Soave, Sean Moser, Johann Marin, St. Paul’s High School students and faculty, and my family - you have had a tremendous impact on my life and have set a great example for so many.”
Bobak returned to Franciscan University in the fall of 2015 as the Assistant Director of Student Success and Austrian Enrollment while volunteering as an assistant coach for the Barons.
Bobak graduated from Franciscan with Bachelor of Arts in theology with a minor on communication arts in 2011 and is currently pursuing his master’s in business administration from Franciscan.
“Franciscan soccer is incomparable. It goes well beyond the lines of the soccer pitch. I look forward to continuing the tradition of fostering a competitive program in which men can grow to become great leaders and better soccer players. Our team’s goal is to positively and professionally represent Franciscan University of Steubenville. Our vision is to create and maintain a well-known professional environment where student athletes are challenged to seek excellence on and off the field. And… to win!”