COLUMBIA, Ky. – Former Lindsey Wilson student-athlete Sicelo Buthelezi has returned to the Blue Raiders to join the men's soccer coaching staff, head coach Ray Wells announced on Monday.
"Having Stitch (Buthelezi) back on campus as our new assistant coach is great for the program in several areas," Wells said. "Considering that he is a Lindsey Wilson alum, past team captain, and was a part of our 2009 and 2011 National Championships, I am sure that he will help us move forward as a team."
Buthelezi returns to his alma mater after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio. While with the Racers, Buthelezi helped lead the team to a 17-5-2 record during the 2014-15 season, the regular season Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title, and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament Semifinals. Last season, Northwestern Ohio went 16-5 and captured the WHAC Tournament Championship.
Buthelezi also has previous coaching experience at the club level including with the Ohio Extreme Soccer Club U16, the Kentucky Rush in Somerset, Ky., and the Adair County Youth Soccer League.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Buthelezi had an outstanding four-year career as a Blue Raider from 2009-12. He made 89 appearances, the sixth most in program history, with 88 starts and recorded 21 shots, six goals and two assists while helping to anchor a defense that compiled 46 total shutouts during his career as a central defender.
The two-time captain helped lead the Blue Raiders to the NAIA National Championship in 2009 and 2011, while collecting a pair of Mid-South Conference regular season crowns and three MSC Tournament titles. Buthelezi was an NAIA Second Team All-American and NAIA All-Tournament Team selection in 2012, a two-time All-MSC First Team member and twice earned All-MSC Honorable Mention honors. He even represented South Africa at the Under-20 level during his playing days.
"He has so much to offer our student-athletes and will have an immediate and long-term positive effect on our program," Wells said.