Athletics: Men's Soccer
Head Coach Sean Topping
Sean Topping was named head coach of the Muhlenberg men's soccer team in the summer of 2002 and has led the Mules to an outstanding 129-59-18 (.670) record, two Centennial Conference championships and four NCAA bids (including one "Sweet 16" appearance) in his 11 seasons.
Topping became just the second coach in program history to win 100 games when the Mules shut out Gettysburg, 4-0, on Sept. 25, 2010. He needed just 158 games to reach the milestone.
Topping's 2003 squad went 9-0 in the CC, won the league championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, Muhlenberg was ranked as high as 13th in Division III and won the conference title as the third seed.
The 2007 team finished in a three-way tie for the CC regular-season title and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009, the Mules won the CC regular-season title with a 7-1-1 record and earned
The 2010 squad set a school record by going undefeated in its first 15 games. The Mules went on on to reach the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournmament and were ranked 12th in the final Division III poll.
In his 11 seasons, Topping has coached five All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans, one conference player of the year and 23 first-team All-CC selections.
A 1998 graduate of Muhlenberg, Topping was a four-year letterwiner for the Mules and and co-captain of the 1997 Centennial Conference championship team. He was named to the All-CC first team as a back in 1996 and as a midfielder in 1997 and earned all-region honors both seasons.
Topping served as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg in 1999 and 2000 and was head men's and women's coach at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, during the 2001-02 school year.
Assistant Coach Jordie Ciuffetelli
Former Division I player Jordie Ciuffetelli joins the Muhlenberg staff for the 2013 season. Ciuffetelli was a four-year starter at outside back for Lehigh University, where as a senior he was named Patriot League defensive player of the week and to the national team of the week by both Soccer America and College Soccer News. He received the men's soccer coaches award in 2011 and was a finalist for a department-wide sportsmanship award. After graduating in 2012, Ciuffetelli served as an assistant coach at Parkland High School and also coached the LVU Soccer Club.
Assistant Coach Jeff Person
Jeff Person is in his 15th season on the Muhlenberg sidelines. During his first tenure at Muhlenberg, from 1990-1999, the Mules were an astonishing 137-43-17 (.739) and won Centennial Conference championships in 1994, 1995, and 1997. The program made its only Final Four appearance in '95, finishing the season ranked third in the nation. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Person coached at Salisbury High School in Allentown for 17 years, winning five Colonial League championships and three consecutive District XI titles (1985-87). He taught mathematics at Salisbury for 28 years before retiring in June 1999.
Assistant Coach Kyle Grim
- Kyle Grim is new to the Muhlenberg staff as goalkeepers coach in 2013. A graduate of nearby Emmaus High School, Grim played at Bloomsburg University in 2002 and 2003. He has coached the goalkeepers on the Emmaus boys team for eight years and the girls team for five. Grim, who holds an NSCAA Goalkeeping 1 diploma and a USSF D license, also coaches the keepers for the LVU Sonic of the National Premier Soccer League.