Since taking over head coaching duties for the TCU men's soccer team in 1981, the steady hand that has guided the TCU soccer program has belonged to David Rubinson. While the face of the game has changed and the popularity of the sport has increased to an all-time high, Rubinson has calmly steered the Horned Frogs with great success for the past two decades.
"It has been a great pleasure to lead this program over the years," Rubinson said. "It's good to see so many former players succeeding in life after college and to know that I had a little bit of a hand in that."
Over the course of his 20 years as TCU's head coach, he has earned the respect of his peers.
"I appreciate him as an extraordinary coach," SMU head coach Shellas Hyndman said. "He puts good talent on the field and what separates him from many coaches is that he develops his players' talents and gets the most from his athletes."
TCU and soccer were nothing new to Rubinson when he began his stint as head coach at Frogland. As a player for TCU in the mid-70s, he garnered all-Southwest Conference honors in each of his four seasons.
After graduating in 1977 with a degree in political science and a minor in business, he served as captain of the U.S. National Team which participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also participated in the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.
When Rubinson returned to his alma mater in 1981 he quickly had the program rolling. His 1983 and 1984 men's teams grabbed back-to-back Southwest Conference titles.
In 1986, Rubinson was rewarded with the additional responsibility and challenge of starting a women's soccer team at the school. He quickly established the Lady Frogs with a .500 record in their first season and then posted consecutive winning seasons the following two years.
Recently, Rubinson earned Western Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors when he brought his women's team to its first WAC Championship tournament in 1997.
In 1998, the men earned their first-ever WAC win en route to the program's second winning season of the 1990s.
Since 1998, the Horned Frogs have achieved a 24-29-2 record. The 24 wins over that time ties as the winningest three-year span in TCU history. Rubinson reached the 100-victory mark during the 1998 campaign.
The Fort Worth native and graduate of local Paschal High School spends much of his time conducting soccer camps throughout North Texas, including one that he initiated at TCU in 1984.
In the summer of 2001, he coached a U.S. Under-17 girls' team that competed in the age group's first-ever Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Rubinson and his wife Deborah, also a graduate of TCU, have three children, Adam, Alison and Andrew. Their oldest son, Adam, is currently a junior on the TCU men's golf team.