Since the Horned Frog women's soccer program first took the field in 1986, the face of their head coach has never changed as David Rubinson has been their leader for the past 17 seasons. 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 for almost 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 is extremely rewarding."
Over the course of his 18 years as TCU's mentor, 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, but 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 the school's head coach. As a player for the Horned Frogs in the mid-70s, Rubinson garnered all-Southwest Conference honors in each of his four seasons.
After graduating from the university 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. Rubinson also participated in the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.
When Rubinson returned to his alma mater as the soccer team's head men's coach in 1981, he quickly got the program rolling. His 1983 and 1984 men's teams grabbed back-to-back Southwest Conference titles. The 1983 squad was especially impressive, going undefeated in SWC play with a 5-0-1 mark.
In 1986, Rubinson was rewarded with the additional responsibility and challenge of starting a women's program 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.
Following the end of the 2002 season, the status of the men's program was changed to club status after 21 years as a varsity sport. Coach Rubinson compiled a 141-257-23 record as the head coach of the men.
In 17 seasons as the head women's coach, he has compiled a mark of 136-170-20 record. As the head coach, Rubinson has picked up six seasons with a winning percentage of .500 or better and has achieved the 10-win mark on four occasions. His teams have had at least nine wins four of the last six seasons.
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 the summer of 2001, Rubinson's talents were displayed on an international stage, as he was selected to coach a U.S. under-17 girls' team that competed for the first time in Israel's Maccabiah Games.
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.
Rubinson and his wife Deborah, also a graduate of TCU, have three children--Adam, Alison, and Andrew. Their oldest son, Adam, was a two-time All-American golfer for TCU from 1999-2003.