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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.
Sam Matteson is in his first season as an assistant men’s soccer coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2020-21.
Prior to joining the Crusaders, Matteson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Bryant. He helped the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the Northeast Conference in 2018, with the team advancing to the NEC semifinals in 2019.
In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Matteson is the USL Director for the Boston Bolts, coaching at the ECNL and Academy levels.
Ken Bovell enters his sixth season as the head coach of MIT men’s soccer in the fall of 2020. 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.
In five seasons with the Engineers, his teams have made four appearances in the NEWMAC Postseason Tournament and one appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Championship Tournament. Since taking over head coaching duties in 2015, the program has registered a record of 45-28-16. Also in those five years, Bovell has coached 14 All-Conference honorees, four All-Region selections, one All-American and six CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
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
Mack Walton joined the Massachusetts men’s soccer staff in July of 2022 following time on the staff at Clarkson in the spring of 2022.
Walton was a three-year team captain and four-year starter during his time playing collegiate soccer at Clarkson. With the Golden Knights, Walton earned United Soccer Coaches DII All-East Region First-Team honors in 2019 and was a two-time United Soccer Coaches DIII Scholar All-American Second-Team honoree. The Chester, Vt. native was a four-time Liberty League All-Star and five-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.
Walton earned both his bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in business and administration from Clarkson.
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Jeb Brovsky has recently joined the Yale University Men’s Soccer coaching staff. Prior to Yale, Brovsky played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for four years and was one of the top players in the Big East Conference. Brovsky was drafted first in the second round (19th overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He signed with Vancouver on March 15, 2011, and made his professional debut on April 10, 2011, in a game against Houston Dynamo.
Tim Stanton, a 2016 Colby graduate and a co-captain of the 2015 team, is in his fourth year as an assistant coach in the 2019-20 academic year.
Stanton, a government major, was a four-year member of Colby and played on defense. Good in the air, Stanton had five career goals. The most memorable score was his overtime goal in the 2015 season to defeat Williams College.
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.
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