Bufano continued building off a strong first campaign with an even better season in 2018. The program reached some new heights since joining the NCAA as it surpassed the single season win mark by two games with a 10-win season. The team also set single season program records for Goals (45), Points (127), and Assists (37). The Badgers also reached the postseason for the first time since 2010, and earned the #4 seed in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs as a home playoff team which last happened in 2007. In addition, 3 players were selected for the NAC All-Conference teams with Rob Buonanno and Daniel Arriola as First Team selections, and John Folsom as a Second Team selection. Rob Buonanno ended the season leading the NAC in Goals (12) and Points (28), while 3 players were in the NAC's Top 5 in Points (Buonanno 1st, Arriola T-5, Salgado T-5). Additionally, 5 players were ranked in the top 5 in the NAC for Assists (Hanna - 3, Buonanno T-5, Arriola T-5, Holloway T-5, Croteau T-5) and Tristan Salgado joined Buonanno in the Top 5 for goals in 5th with 9 goals scored. During the season, 3 players were also selected as NAC Players of the Week (Joe Holloway, Rob Buonanno, and Daniel Arriola), while Arthur Clayton was selected as Defensive Player of the Week, and Tristan Salgado as Rookie of the Week. Buonanno was also selected as the HEROSports D3 Player of the Week for the week of October 21, 2018.
Bufano had a strong first season in 2017 as he was able to solidify the Badger roster to 25 players and guide the team to one of the best seasons in the past decade. The Badgers had a 5 win turnaround which was top 15 in NCAA DIII, while posting 7 wins (1 shy of a school record in the NCAA Era). The Badgers also set a record for most goals scored in a season in the NCAA Era with 43 in 2017. The team also improved a spot in the NAC Conference from the previous year. 3 Badgers earned conference awards with Dominic Caforia being selected the second team all-NAC, while Joe Holloway was selected NAC Rookie of the Week and Jarod Croteau was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Bufano served as an assistant women's coach at Division II Saint Michael's College in Colchester the past two seasons. Prior to his time at Saint Michael's, Bufano coached in the South Burlington High School boys' soccer program from 2011 to 2014, helping the Rebels appear in three Division 1 State Championship Games, capturing two state titles in 2011 and 2014. Bufano is also the founder and director of coaching for Queen City FC of Burlington. The club holds a current membership of over 300 youth players on over 20 boys' and girls' teams between U-8 and U-19. Recently, Bufano earned two of the Vermont Soccer Association's highest honors as he was named VSA Administrator of the Year in 2016 and the VSA Girls Coach of the Year in 2013.
Bufano earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2009 from Green Mountain College. As a player, Bufano earned several accolades as a forward for Green Mountain College. He was a two-time All-Conference selection in 2005 and 2006 in the Association of D3 Independents Conference (AD3I). In addition, he was the runner up for Rookie of the Year in the AD3I Conference in 2005 after scoring 16 goals during his first campaign for the Eagles. Bufano led the team in scoring and points in 2005 and 2006, and over three three seasons finished with 24 goals and 8 assists after a knee injury cut his final season short in 2007. Bufano holds the NCAA Division III record for goals per game among institutions classifying to Division III, and is the Eagles’ Division III era leader all-time goals and points, while also being the single-season leader in goals. He ranks in the top five all time in 13 different statistical categories. While at Green Mountain, Bufano also was a captain of the Varsity Tennis team and earned the GMC Scholar Athlete and Coaches Award (2007).
Prior to Green Mountain, Bufano played at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vt., winning two state titles (2002, 2003). He also played several years with Nordic Soccer Club, and was a member of Vermont ODP for three seasons.
Bufano holds several coaching certifications, including the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Level I Goalkeeper License, NSCAA Futsal Level I Diploma, and USSF National "D" Coaching License.