Francis Marion University

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PO Box 100547 Florence, SC 29501
Division 2 South Carolina Southeast
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Luis Rincon

Luis Rincon is entering his first season as head coach of the Francis Marion University men's soccer program.


Rincon was named to his new post on Feb. 14, and becomes the seventh head coach in the 43-year history of the Francis Marion program.


A native of Bogota, Colombia, 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.


“I want to thank (FMU president) Dr. (Fred) Carter, (athletic director) Murray Hartzler, and the entire athletic department for this incredible opportunity to lead the men’s program at Francis Marion,” Rincon said. “I see so much potential at FMU for both the men’s soccer program and the university. After visiting Florence, I know that I will be working with great people within a very good community. I have a drive for success much like what I saw in Murray and Dr. Carter. I have high expectations for what we can achieve, being that we have all the resources to succeed – great facilities, a beautiful campus, and high academic programs. Everything is in place to build a powerhouse program.”


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.


“After an exhaustive search, we are confident that we have selected an individual who will lead our men’s soccer program to new heights,” said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler. “His recent achievements at Ohio Valley boast that he possesses the tools needed to lead a program deep in the NCAA Tournament. I am sure he will bring to Florence a hardworking and enthusiastic coaching style that should excite all Patriot fans.”

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Fabio Tamayo

Fabio Tamayo enters his first season as assistant coach for the Francis Marion men's soccer program.


A native of Bogota, Colombia, Tamayo is a 2010 graduate of Warner University with a B.A. degree in sports management. He later earned a M.A. degree in athletic administration and coaching from Concordia University (Calif). He played one season as a defender for Warner, a year (2007) that saw the Royals earn a Top 25 national ranking, and then he transitioned to an assistant coach role for boht the men's and women's programs in 2008 -- a position he held for three years. Prior to joining the Royals, he attended Colegio Presentacion Centro in Bogota.


Tamayo then served as head men's soccer coach at his alma mater, Warner, for three seasons from 2011 through 2013, compiling a 24-24-3 mark.


He played professionally in Colombia for three years with Millonarios, and served a 2010 internship with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.


He most recently taught at Lake Mary (Fla.) High School, and has worked in various roles with the Florida Kraze Krush soccer organization in Oviedo, Fla., for the past four years. He served as Boy's Elite Club National League (ECNL) director and ECNL trainer from 2017 to 2019, and was the head coach with Kraze United (National Premier Soccer League) in the summer of 2017 with a 7-5 record.


“I’m very happy to have Fabio on board with us," FMU head coach Luis Rincon said. "It wasn’t easy, but we made this hiring happen. His addition to our program is tremendous, not only because his knowledge of the game, but also because he is a great human being. His family effect on the FMU community will be great. We go way back to when we played together in Colombia. His professional career was outstanding. I’m very happy and I know he will do an outstanding job.”


Tamayo holds a USSF C Coaching License.

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