A native of Bucharest, Romania, Bugariu brings over 20 years of coaching experience at all levels of the game and an overall NCAA career coaching record of 162-137-32, including a 70-47-2 in conference play, with 5 regular season or conference tournament championships at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
Renowned for successfully rebuilding struggling teams or starting programs from scratch he has been recognized three times in the NCAA "Most Improved Team" category, including twice in the top ten, at both the NCAA Division I and II levels.
Bugariu also comes to St. Andrews University with significant international coaching experience having worked with the national teams of four different countries. Most recently he served as the Under 15 Women's National Team coach of Moldova, a position he combined with his duties at UTRGV in 2019. Not only was he first foreign coach in the history of Moldovan women's soccer, but his impact was also tremendous. Besides leading them to their first ever win at this age group, Bugariu also captured 1st place in the UEFA / AFC development tournament, which took place March 2019 in Singapore. He has also been the men's national team assistant coach of Grenada, the Technical Director and National Team Coach of the U.S. Virgin Islands and on the national coaching staff of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015.
Bugariu spent five seasons as the head coach at South Carolina State University, where he is the winningest coach in the program history and captured a conference title in 2010, while also being named coach of the year.
In addition, Bugariu has established an outstanding legacy in club and the Olympic Development Program (ODP), serving as the Director of Coaching for the Northern Soccer Club in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while also working as head coach of the '88 NM ODP Girls team, and later as the Director of Goalkeeping for the New Mexico Youth Soccer Association. He has also been on the ODP staff in North and South Carolina and has worked on the state coaching education instructional staff and as an NSCAA Regional Staff Coach.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Bugariu came to the United States at the age of 10 and has since earned his citizenship and holds a degree in Recreation and Leisure Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his master's in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. He was an All-Region goalkeeper at Brevard College in N.C. and had a stint with the Romanian fourth divisio club Soimii Sibiu, before playing for the C.D. Chapel Hill Dragons.