Luis Rincon is preparing to enter his fourth season as head coach of the Francis Marion University men's soccer program.
Rincon was named to his new post on Feb. 14, 2019, and became the seventh head coach in the 46-year history of the Francis Marion program. His men's career coaching mark stands at 87-36-14 over seven seasons.
This past year, he led FMU to a 12-5-2 mark and the regular-season title in the program's first year as a member of Conference Carolinas. The Patriots also reached the title match of the conference tournament and Rincon was named the league's Coach of the Year.
In 2020, his Patriots posted a 4-3-4 mark and made a second straight appearance in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament title match. That season was delay and abbreviated by covid-19 and actually took place in the Spring of 2021.
In his first year, he guided the Patriots to a 16-5-1 record, the 2019 Peach Belt Tournament title, and the program's third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. FMU finished the season ranked No.22 in the United Soccer Coaches final NCAA II Top 25 poll, after being nationally ranked for seven weeks during the regular season, including three weeks in the Top 10. The team's win total was the third-highest total in team history, including a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament. FMU led the Peach Belt with a 0.74 goals against average and a school-record 11 shutouts.
Rincon received the 2020 Frankie Award for Head Coach of the Year, and the 2019 Patriot men's soccer squad received the 2020 Frankie Award for Most Outstanding Team.
A native of Bogota, Colombia, prior to coming to Florence Rincon headed the Ohio Valley men’s program for the past four seasons, registering a 55-23-7 record and earning a pair of NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
In his final season (2018), he guided OVU to an 18-6-1 mark and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the national tournament. The Fighting Scots finished the year ranked No.10 after reaching as high as second in the nation.
His 2017 squad posted a 17-2-4 record that included both the Great Midwest Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament invitation. The team was nationally ranked for eight consecutive weeks, finishing the year at No.6.
He took over an OVU men’s program that was 0-17-0 before his arrival and immediately turned the program around. His first squad went 9-8-1 and garnered the program’s first-ever berth in the Great Midwest Conference Tournament. The next year, the Fighting Scots produced an 11-7-1 campaign, setting a school-record for wins in a season, and placed second during the G-MAC regular season.
He also guided the OVU women’s team to a two-year record of 33-4-6, including two conference regular-season and tournament titles, and two NCAA Tournament bids.
Prior to taking the OVU position, he served four seasons as an assistant coach for both men’s and women’s soccer at his alma mater, Texas A&M International University. Also during that time, he worked as an assistant instructor for weight training, aerobic training, and soccer.
He also worked for three years as a men’s and women’s assistant at another of his alma maters, Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., and has experience coaching with the Eden Prairie Soccer Club in Minneapolis, Minn.
Rincon earned a B.A. degree in business administration from Warner in 2008 and an M.B.A. degree in international business from Texas A&M International in 2010. He holds an advanced national diploma from the NSCAA.