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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. He comes to the Hilltop from Coastal Carolina University. Bouhl assists in all aspects of the program, with primary responsibility on coaching the Hoya goalkeepers and managing the sport science program.
Bouhl spent the past three seasons at the University of Kentucky where he was the director of operations for men’s soccer. There he worked with all aspects of the program focusing on team operations including training, sport science, travel and camps. During that time, the Wildcats made NCAA tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016, including a program-first No. 16 seed in 2016.
While in Lexington, Bouhl was a staff coach with Lexington FC for five years, coaching the 1999 and 2001 boys age groups, as well as coaching goalkeepers for the club.
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.
Jonathan Hood was named the head coach of the Vassar men’s soccer program in the Spring of 2022. He previously served four years as the assistant coach for men’s soccer at Colorado College. During his tenure with the Tigers, he helped guide the squad to and NCAA Tournament appearance, the 2019 SCAC Regular Season Championship title, as well as earning 2019 SCAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
Among his duties included organizing, developing and implementing practice plans, recruiting and coordinating game strategies with the head coach. Hood also worked for the Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club in 2018, serving as the head boys club coach for U15 and U17 teams.
Noah Riskind ’16 of Bethesda, Md., is the interim head coach for the Bates men’s soccer team.
He returned to Bates in 2020 as an assistant coach after working as a teacher for the previous four years. Riskind first worked as a seventh-grade math teacher in New Bedford, Massachusetts, as a Teach For America corps member, and then taught English in Colombia for two academic years on back to back Fulbright grants.
Ken Bovell enters his eighth season as the head coach of MIT men’s soccer in 2022. MIT finished 2015, his first season, with a record of 18-3-1 (7-0-0 NEWMAC), broke 11 team records and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament for the first time since 2003. It was also the first time in program history that the Engineers hosted the NCAA Tournament as MIT defeated Bridgewater State 5-1 and Bowdoin 1-0 to advance to the Sweet 16.
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.
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Jeff Huffman looks forward to his second season at Amherst in 2018 and his 16th overall in collegiate soccer. This will be Huffman’s second season as men’s goalkeeper coach and first as the women’s.
On the men’s side in 2017, Huffman saw all four of his net minders receive at least one start. Seeing the most shots of any Amherst squad in Coach Serpone’s 11 year Amherst tenure, the Amherst goalkeepers combined to lead the NESCAC in saves (94)-while recording the third highest save percentage during conference play.
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.