MACON, Georgia (MERCER ATHLETICS) - Mercer men's soccer head coach Brad Ruzzo announced the additions of Ian Cameron and Emmett Rutkowski to his coaching staff on Thursday morning, just two weeks before the start of fall camp in preparation for the upcoming 2013 season.
"I could not be more excited to bring both Ian and Emmett onto our coaching staff as we prepare for the 2013 season," Ruzzo said. "I know that they both have extensive soccer backgrounds and will be huge assets for our program both on and off the field."
In terms of on-field development, Cameron will be working primarily with the squad's attacking players while Rutkowski will handle all goalkeeping responsibilities.
Cameron is no stranger to Mercer, however, as he returns to Macon after a stellar playing career with the Bears from 2007-2010. Cameron appeared in 67 games with the Orange and Black and still ranks in the top-10 in program history in points (T-8th – 50), goals (T-9th – 17) and assists (T-4th – 16).
The crafty midfielder also racked up plenty of awards while playing at Mercer, earning a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region third team selection, an Atlantic Sun All-Conference first team selection and an A-Sun Championship All-Tournament Team nomination.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Cameron graduated from Mercer in 2010 with a double major degree in Finance/Economics and earned a master's degree in quantitative finance from the University of Glasgow in 2012.
Rutkowski comes to Mercer from Dartmouth, where he served as the goalkeeper coach for the Big Green during the 2012 season. In his lone season at Dartmouth, Rutkowski guided starting goalkeeper Noah Cohen to a 9-7-0 record, a 1.30 goals against average, two shutouts and a Team MVP honor.
Prior to his stay at Dartmouth, Rutkowski spent two years as an assistant coach at Frostburg State in Maryland. During his time with the Bobcats, the team improved from 4-10-3 in his first season to 11-3-5 in the second year.
Rutkowski played his college soccer at the University of Mary Washington from 2006-2010, where he was a first-team All-Conference and All-Region goalkeeper as a senior.
After playing semi-professionally in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) with the Fredericksburg Hotspurs, Rutkowski went back to school and earned his Masters of Education from Frostburg State in the spring of 2012. Rutwokski also holds a USSF National "B" Coaching License and an NSCAA Goalkeeping "Level II" diploma.
Mercer reports for fall camp on August 11th and officially kicks off its 2013 season at ACC member Clemson on August 30.