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In his ninth season leading the Amherst College men’s soccer team, head coach Justin Serpone directed the Purple & White to a phenomenal and historical season that culminated in the program’s first-ever national title.
Guiding his team to an 18-1-2 record (9-0-1 NESCAC), Serpone was named the 2015 NSCAA, D3soccer.com, and HeroSports.com Division III Coach of the Year. The 18 wins for Amherst in 2015 ties the program’s high watermark for victories as Serpone’s 2013 squad also finished that season with an 18-1-2 ledger.
Since taking the reins in 2007, Serpone has amassed a superb 138-17-24 overall record which includes four NESCAC championships (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013); nine appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship tournament; eight Sweet 16 berths; four Elite 8 appearances; a pair of Final Fours; and the program’s first national championship in 2015.
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.
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.
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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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.
Brendan Ujvary is in his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men’s soccer program. He has helped lead the Continentals to 33 wins and three NESCAC championship appearances. The Hamilton men advanced to the conference final in 2016 and the NESCAC semifinals in 2017 and 2018. He has coached the conference’s 2016 rookie of the year, two all-region selections and six all-NESCAC team honorees. He has earned his United Soccer Coaches National Diploma.
Ujvary was an assistant with the Utica College men’s team in 2013 and 2014. He helped guide the Pioneers to a pair of Empire 8 Conference playoff appearances, including the program’s first trip to the championship game in 2013. Utica players received eight all-conference team honors and one Empire 8 rookie of the year award during his time at the school
Andrew Schaefer begins his fourth year on staff with the Wheaton College men’s soccer program as a full-time Assistant Coach. The Allentown, Pennsylvania native comes to Norton after serving as Assistant Coach for two seasons at his Alma Mater, Randolph-Macon College. Schaefer has helped lead the Lyons to a 21-13-1 record during his time in Norton. Wheaton finished the 2021 season ranked number five in the final Regional Rankings. Schaefer has primarily worked with the offense, which scored 2.29 goals per game and had nine players with at least three goals.
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.
Joe Martinez joined Groton School in 2020 after teaching and coaching at Avon Old Farms for seven years. During his time at Avon, the soccer program won the Hay-Sanderson Cup (awarded to the top team in Western New England), won the Cardinal Classic, qualified for the New England tournament twice, and reached #2 in the nation in Top Drawer Soccer’s prep school rankings.
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.