PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University men’s soccer head coach Bob Reasso has announced that former Rutgers All-American David Boutilier has been hired as an assistant coach for the program beginning with the upcoming 2004 season.
Boutilier will primarily work with the goalkeepers, while assisting the coaching staff with overall game preparation on a daily basis.
“We are truly pleased to add another former player to our staff,” said Reasso. “David is, without question, one of the top-5 captains and players we have ever had in our program. David was the only active member of our 20-year team we assembled in 2001. He is a tremendous leader and will grow into a tremendous coach. He will undoubtedly bring a presence to our locker room.”
Boutilier’s appointment completes Reasso’s coaching staff of former Scarlet Knights who played under the 24-year Rutgers mentor. He joins associate head coach Jeff Zaun and assistant coach Rob Johnson, who played together on Reasso’s 1990 National Finalist squad.
“I can’t be any luckier than to have three of my former players on my staff as assistant coaches,” added Reasso. “Their knowledge of the school and of the program, the tradition and how we operate is unparallel. There is no price tag one can put on that.”
A three-time captain, Boutilier played in 67 games for Rutgers, all starts. He earned BIG EAST All-Rookie honors in 1998, Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in 1999 and First Team accolades in 2000. He was a dominating defensive presence in the Scarlet Knights’ back line, earning All-Region honors on three occasions and All-America laurels in 2000. One of his greatest accomplishments was his selection to the Scarlet Knights’ 20-year team, assembling the greatest talents in the first 20-years of Reasso’s highly-successful tenure with the program.
His promising career was interrupted by post-concussion syndrome at the end of the 2000 season. Following the 2000 campaign, Boutilier was limited in his ability to compete due to complications associated with the injury. Boutilier played the first 20 minutes of the following season’s opening match before returning to the sideline where he would remain for the remainder of the 2001 campaign. He attempted a second comeback in 2002, donning a rugby-style helmet during competition. The standout back appeared to be back to his old form, guiding Rutgers to a 3-0-2 record in his first five games, holding opponents without a goal during his time on the field. In the fifth game of the 2002 season against Notre Dame, Boutilier collided with the ground and was forced to the sidelines for a final time.
He remains symptom free today and has continued his passion of soccer in a different way, moving to coaching upon graduation in 2002. Boutilier returned to the soccer field as an assistant coach at Drew University for the 2003 season. During his one-year stint with Drew last season, he helped guide the Rangers to a 20-2-3 record and their first ever NCAA Championship match appearance. Drew advanced to the NCAA title game where it lost a hard-fought match to Trinity University (TX), 2-1.
Boutilier grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Sparta High School where he was an NSCAA All-American in 1995 and 1996. He was a First Team All-State selection as a senior, taking home West Jersey Player of the Year honors in 1997. He served on several national teams as a prep player and started in the back for the United States U-17 team.
Boutilier will replace 23-year veteran Paul Blodgett, who is taking some time off to concentrate on personal interests outside of soccer.
“It was very tough to lose Paul Blodgett, we will miss him dearly,” said Reasso. “He has given us great service throughout his tenure here.”