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Justin Serpone returns to the sideline for his Fourteenth season in 2021. Currently, Serpone sits as the second winningest coach (by percentage) of any active coach in NCAA history, regardless of division (.833).
Serpone served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Duke University in 2006, helping to lead the Blue Devils to an 18-4-1 record, the ACC regular season and tournament championships, and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Duke he worked as a head assistant coach at Lafayette College (2001-03) and Northwestern University (2003-06), notably helping the Wildcats compile a record of 31-20-10 after they were a combined 9-42-4 from 2001-2003.
Serpone has completed five graduate degrees. He is currently enrolled in two more Master’s Degree programs.
In 15 seasons under the guidance of Dennis Bohn, the Lafayette men’s soccer program has produced nothing but winning teams. Bohn has led the Leopards to winning seasons in 12 of his 15 years on College Hill, three Patriot League championships and three NCAA Tournament berths. His overall record entering his 16th season at Lafayette is 132-92-55 with a 46-44-23 mark in Patriot League play and a 68-28-22 tally at Oaks Stadium.
Brian Bouhl joined the Hoyas in 2018 as the volunteer assistant coach and he helped lead the Hoyas to the NCAA Championship in 2019. Bouhl assists in all aspects of the program, with primary responsibility on coaching the Hoya goalkeepers and managing the sport science program.
In 2019, the Hoyas had a historic run winning the national championship with a 3-3 victory over Virginia that was decided in penalty kicks, 7-6. GU finished the year with a mark of 20-1-3 which set the program record for wins in a season. Georgetown also boasted the program’s first three-peat, winning the BIG EAST Championship for the third-consecutive year in a 3-1 victory over Providence College at Shaw Field. It was just the second time in program history that the squad has won both the regular season and the championship in the same year.
Christian Lomeli enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Hoosiers in 2022. Lomeli primarily works with the team’s goalkeepers.
Under Lomeli’s guidance, Roman Celentano became the first player ever to win Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year twice, doing so in the 2020-21 and 2021 seasons. Following the 2021 campaign, Celentano was picked No. 2 overall in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft by FC Cincinnati, tying the highest selection in program history. Celentano was a two-time All-American with a 37-10-5 record while allowing just 33 goals in 52 matches.
Drew Hutchins joined the men’s soccer coaching staff in April of 2016. In his first four years helping guide the program, the team has seen incremental improvements each year.
Cornell turned in a strong 2019 campaign despite a number of injuries to key players throughout the year, finishing the season with a 10-5-2 record and a 3-2-2 mark in Ivy League competition. The Big Red went undefeated at home, going 6-0-1 at Berman Field. Cornell placed five members of the All-Ivy teams, including Ryan Bayne (first team), John Scearce (first team), Connor Drought (second team), Emeka Eneli (honorable mention) and Harry Fuller (honorable mention). Scearce earned second team all-region honors before signing a professional contract with Union Omaha of the USL One league.
Jermaine Birriel enters his first season with Virginia men’s soccer program. The Fredericksburg, Va. native returns to the Commonwealth after serving as an assistant coach at Iowa Western in 2020.
University of Virginia
A former Saints assistant coach who has had an outstanding career as an assistant in professional soccer, Mike Toshack was named the fourth head coach in program history in July 2015, relieving former head coach Bob Durocher, who was promoted to Director of Athletics and Recreation in May 2015.
The 2020 men’s soccer season will be the sixth for Toshack, who led the Saints to Liberty League regular season and tournament titles in 2015 and 2018. In 2015, St. Lawrence finished that year with a 16-4-2 record and advanced as far as the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. In 2018, Toshack was named Liberty League Coach of the Year.
St. Lawrence University
Greg Cumpstone has been added to the Wesleyan men’s soccer program as an assistant coach in 2021. Cumpstone grew up in Killingworth, Connecticut and attended Haddam-Killingworth High School before starring for Hofstra University for four years.
Andrew Storton recently completed his first season as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Connecticut College in 2019. He assists head coach Reuben Burk with all aspects of the program.
Storton helped lead the Camels to their most successful postseason run in school history this past fall. With postseason wins over Catholic, then-No. 3 Johns Hopkins, and Swarthmore, the team’s appearance in the “Elite Eight” marked only the third time a Connecticut College program advanced to the quarterfinal round of an NCAA Tournament in any sport.
A native of Oxford, England, Storton brings 12 years of coaching experience and has been heavily involved with coaching soccer at various levels in Southeast Connecticut since his arrival in the country in 2009. On the scholastic level, he served as the head boys soccer coach at Bacon Academy in Colchester and led the program to a 100-30-13 overall ledger in seven seasons between 2012 and 2018.
Assistant Coach Jeff Huffman looks forward to his fifth season at Amherst in 2022. This will be Huffman’s fifth season as men’s goalkeeper coach and fourth in the same role for the women’s team. In total, Huffman has seen 13 different goalkeepers on his teams receive individual postseason accolades in 18 seasons of collegiate soccer.
It was a special 2021 season for Huffman. The men’s side advanced to the national title game as his goalkeepers combined on the season for the most shutouts (15) and lowest goals against average (0.41) in all of Division III men’s soccer. Additionally, Kofi Hope-Gund was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. On the women’s side, Mika Fisher was named the United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America goalie in her debut collegiate season.
Amherst College men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone recently announced the hiring of Alex Ortega as assistant coach of men’s soccer.
Ortega comes from Randolph Macon College, where worked as an assistant coach since prior to the 2019 season. The Yellow Jackets were 24-15-3 in his time. In 2021 RMC went 5-1-3 in conference play, its least league losses in one season since 1999.
Prior to his time with Randolph Macon, Ortega spent one season at Clark University. During his tenure with the Cougars, the team led the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for goals, assists and points. Clark’s 3.06 goals-per-game were a Top 15 mark in the nation.
Gabriel Robinson, a local product from Easton, enters his third season on the sidelines after his college playing career at Cincinnati and Duquesne. He graduated from the latter with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts.
During the 2019 season Robinson helped lead the Leopards to a record of 9-7-5 with an appearance in the Patriot League championship game, making it the program’s 12th championship appearance in the 29 years of the Patriot League Tournament. During its run to the championship, Lafayette compiled 10 shutouts on the season, finishing ranked 17th nationally in shutout percentage (0.476) and 31st nationally in team goals against average (0.941).
Johnson joins the Lafayette Men’s Soccer program in the spring of 2021.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he comes to College Hill after serving as an assistant coach for multiple men’s soccer programs. Prior to his arrival, Johnson served as an assistant and goalkeeper coach for Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg men’s soccer program in 2019. During his tenure, PSU Harrisburg captured its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship and appeared in the NCAA Division III Soccer Championship Tournament for the first time in program history. He also assisted in setting a new single-season win record, with 15 wins, and coached goalkeeper, Nick Guglielmetti who led NCAA Division III goalkeepers in total shutouts for the year.