Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby announced the appointment of Jeremy Gunn as the school's men's soccer coach Wednesday.
The 40-year-old Gunn becomes the 15th coach in the program's history. He succeeds Bret Simon, who resigned on November 15 after 11 years in the position.
The Cardinal went 14-20-2 over the past two seasons. Stanford reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament in 2009.
Gunn previously served as head coach at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte for the past five seasons, building the 49ers' program into a national title contender. He led UNC-Charlotte to two NCAA tournament appearances, including this season when the 49ers advanced to the championship match of the College Cup before losing to top-ranked North Carolina.
"I am truly honored to accept the position as the new head men's soccer coach at Stanford University," said Gunn. "I am excited to begin a new era of Stanford men's soccer, and am thrilled to be given the opportunity to become a part of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. I am looking forward to the chance to continue to develop and learn from such a successful athletics department, and to interact and work with some of the most respected collegiate coaches in the country."
During the five seasons at UNC-Charlotte, Gunn compiled a 64-26-14 record, including a 5-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament. The 49ers also won a pair Atlantic-10 Conference titles under Gunn's guidance in 2010 and `11.
"Jeremy Gunn has a proven track record of winning and developing student-athletes and programs everywhere he has coached," said Bowlsby. "We are very excited to welcome Jeremy Gunn as our new men's soccer coach. His teams are known to be extremely well organized, determined, hard-working and well coached. He is passionate about teaching and developing his student-athletes as soccer players and young men. With Jeremy at the helm we look forward to returning Stanford men's soccer to national prominence year in and year out."
A 1993 graduate of Cal-State Bakersfield, Gunn began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He served on both the men's and women's coaching staffs during his seven-year stint at Bakersfield, helping the Roadrunners to the 1997 NCAA Division II National Championship and an appearance in the 1995 national semifinal.
After leaving Cal-State Bakersfield, Gunn went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he built the program into a Division II power. Fort Lewis advanced to three national title games and won the 2005 Division II championship with a 22-0-1 mark, earning Gunn national coach of the year honors.
Gunn finished his eight-year career at Fort Lewis with an overall record of 123-35-17 and in 13 seasons at Fort Lewis and UNC-Charlotte, Gunn is 187-61-31 (.754).
Offensive lineman Nick Davidson, who spent his senior year at Eden Prairie in Minnesota, gave Stanford his verbal commitment on Wednesday.
"Stanford has pretty much been my No. 1 choice all along," Davidson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I took a visit out there the summer after my sophomore year and again in the spring after my junior year and I loved it both times. It just always seemed like the best fit for me."
Davidson had also given serious consideration to Ohio State, Oregon, Clemson, and Colorado. He received offers from more than a dozen schools.
Davidson moved to Eden Prairie from North Carolina over the summer when his father, Jeff Davidson, took a position as the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line coach.
Davidson (6-7, 275) helped his high school win the Class 5A state champion championship, although he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the quarterfinals.