UB men's soccer coach hangs up cleats

May 22, 2012 Updated May 22, 2012 at 7:35 AM EDT

By WKBW News
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May 22, 2012 Updated May 22, 2012 at 7:35 AM EDT

After 22 seasons, the University at Buffalo is looking to replace John Astudillo as head coach of its men's soccer team.

The Bulls announced that Astudillo, a native of Ecuador, will be retiring as the architect of one of UB's most consistent and successful teams.

"It has been my distinct privilege to work for such a great institution like the University at Buffalo," Astudillo said in a statement. "I am very thankful for the opportunity to work with so many talented players, coaches and colleagues. There are not too many people that get the opportunity that UB has granted me."

Since joining the Bulls in 1989, Astudillo has compiled a 190-173-35 record.

In 2005, UB enjoyed the best season in the program's 33-year history by going 14-3-2.

The Bulls then received their first Division-I national ranking in school history, being named 20th according to the NSCAA/Adidas rankings. As a third-seed in the MAC Tournament, the Bulls handed loses to both sixth-seeded IPFW and second-seeded Northern Illinois before taking top-seeded and nationally third-ranked Akron into double overtime, falling 7-6 in a final shootout.

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