"I am delighted to get Tom on board. He gave his all for the program in his four years as player, proving to be a leader with a passion for the team and the College," praised Squires. "I have no doubt that passion and leadership will remain as he enters his coaching career. It's a big day for the program, allowing us to become more efficient and achieve greater success, pushing the program to new levels. I am excited to work with Tom."
A Sheffield, England native, Rusling continues his time with the Bobcats after a highly-touted four-year career as a LMC goalie. During his freshman campaign, he was tabbed to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference squad before earning third-team recognition as a sophomore.
Rusling continued to impress when he finished 30th in the nation in save percentage (0.802), 31st in total saves (81) and 42nd in saves per match (4.76) as a junior. He amassed 50 saves and blanked seven opponents with a 1.20 goals against average in his final year as a Bobcat.
"It's great to remain part of a program that was so special to me during my playing days. I'm excited to work with Coach Squires and hopefully I can have a good impact on the team," stated Rusling. "Nothing would be more pleasing to me than helping the Bobcats to claim a few Conference Carolinas championships."
The Englishman graduated from Sheffield College and played club soccer for Barnsley FC in Barnsley, England.
Photo Courtesy: Thomas Rusling, LMC Athletics