PPA 1 June 27th – 30th
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.
Ryan Hayward was named an assistant coach in April 2015. He works primarily with the Princeton defense with a focus on goalkeeping.
Hayward was honored with the Princeton coaching staff in 2018 as the NCAA Northeast Regional Coaching Staff of the Year. The Tigers won the Ivy League and reached the NCAA Tournament. Princeton’s defense ranked 17th nationally in goals against average and goalkeeper Jacob Schachner is now eighth all-time at Princeton in shutouts with 10 in his career.
Schmid, who joined Kylie Stannard’s staff in May of 2019, has been a part of two very successful programs in his young coaching career with his teams posting a 47-8-5 overall record. In 2018 as an assistant at Amherst, he helped the Mammoths to 14 victories, including two in the NCAA Tournament, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Schmid joined the Amherst staff after spending two seasons on the Springfield College staff, including serving as the Interim Head Coach in the spring of 2018. Springfield posted an impressive 33-3-4 record during his tenure.
Cam Omsberg enters his fourth season as the assistant coach of the Northeastern men’s soccer team during 2019, having arrived at Northeastern in February 2016. He holds multiple coaching licenses, including United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) National, Advanced, and Premier diplomas, as well as United States Soccer Federation (USSF) C, D, and E licenses.
Prior to joining the staff at Northeastern, Omsberg served three seasons as the top assistant coach of the Bates men’s soccer team, with whom he assisted in all aspects of the program’s day-to-day coaching operations, weighing in heavily on recruiting and player development. Omsberg played a key role in landing the Bobcats their first-ever Division I transfer in addition to recruiting the program’s first NSCAA High School All-American. With a focus in positional training and one-on-one video analyses, he strengthened Bates’ underclassmen, aiding in the development of the program’s first All-NESCAC sophomore since 2008, Peabo Knoth (2015 All-NESCAC Second Team).
Tom Homa joined the USF men’s soccer staff as the Director of Operations in May 2019. His primary responsibilities will surround performance analysis, team travel coordination, community outreach, video breakdown, and marketing and promotions.
Homa comes to USF from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, where he served as the Men’s Soccer Graduate Assistant for two years and helped the team reach the MIAC tournament championship and NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010. Additionally, he coached and mentored the program’s first United Soccer Coaches All-American/Scholar All-American since 2009 and D3Soccer.com All-American ever in 2018 as well as four All-North Region and seven All-MIAC recipients between 2017 and 2018. He also coached two youth teams at area club BV United and received the club’s Male Coach of the Year honors in 2018.
University of South Florida
Ken Bovell enters his second season as the head coach of the MIT men?s soccer in 2016 after an extremely successful first year in which he led the Engineers to a program record mark of 18-3-1 and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Prior to his promotion to head coach last year, Bovell served as an assistant for two seasons under then head coaches Aidan Byrne and Mike Singelton.
As part of the success that Bovell brought to the MIT men?s soccer program, he was awarded with both the NEWMAC Coach of the Year and ECAC Division III New England Coach of the Year accolades in 2015.
Tim Stanton, a 2016 Colby graduate and co-captain of last year’s men’s soccer team, is in his first year as an assistant coach.
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.
Stanton coached with the Yarmouth High School boys soccer team during the summer of 2015.
During his time at Colby, Stanton volunteered with the Let’s Get Ready program, helping low income students prepare for the SAT and apply to colleges.
Zack Grady joins the Trinity coaching staff in the spring of 2018 after being a part of the coaching staff at Wheaton College from February 2016 through last fall.
While at Wheaton, Grady helped coach three All-New England players, three New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference First Team players and the 2016 Rookie of the Year. Grady also coaches for NEFC, based out of Taunton, Mass., and has coached at Liverpool FC International Academy in Plymouth, Mass.
Trinity College (CT)
James Greenslit enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the Roger Williams University Men’s Soccer program for the 2018-19 academic year.
In 2018, the team got off to a great start, winning their first 12 games of the season. The Hawks clinched the #4 seed for the CCC Tournament and advanced to the CCC Championship Game for the first time since 2013. The team ended the season ranked seventh in New England and placed four student-athletes on the all-conference team.
In his first season with the Hawks, Greenslit piloted the team to an 8-9-1 record on the season, while nearly upsetting third-seeded Gordon College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals. Three of his athletes received All-CCC honors, as well as seven Hawks on the squad earning recognition on the Fall All-CCC Academic Team.
Greenslit came to Roger Williams after spending the past three seasons and five seasons total at Wheaton College (Mass.). This past season, Greenslit helped guide the Lyons to a 17-4-2 record and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where Wheaton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
Roger Williams University
Matt Horth was hired as the new head coach for the men’s soccer program in March 2017. Horth, a former professional soccer player and 2010 graduate of Gordon College, will be the 12th coach in the program’s nearly 60-year history.
In his first season as head coach, Horth led the Fighting Scots to a 13-6-1 (6-2-1 CCC) record and an appearance in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship game. Seven players were named All-CCC and Josh Cochran was named United Soccer Coaches All-New England Region Second Team.
During his second season, Horth brought in a number of key recruits to support an already decorated group of returners who guided the Scots to a CCC Championship. The win marked the Scots’ sixth CCC title in program history and first since 2015.
Following two seasons as an assistant coach, Greg DeVito took over in 2007 as only the sixth head coach in the current 59-year history of the program, and immediately returned the program to a place of prominence among New England small colleges. As a head coach, he has compiled an overall record of 153-63-24 (68.8 winning percentage), including 68-21-12 (73.3) in Little East Conference regular-season and playoff play in 12 seasons.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Mendel led the Curry Men’s Soccer team for his 13th season in 2019.
The Colonels finished with an overall record of 6-11-1 overall. Curry took home some hardware when they won the LINAO Mountaineer Invitational hosted by Southern Vermont College. Junior Claudio Orisini (Watertown, Conn.) was named as a Second Team All-Conference selection under Mendel’s direction while seven garnered Academic All-Conference recognition.
His 2017 team finished with an 8-11-1 overall record, including a 2-7 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Mendel obtained his 100th career head coaching on October 6 in a 1-0 shutout of conference opponent Eastern Nazarene.
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.
Matthew Travis was hired in the summer of 2016 and will begin his second stint as an assistant coach on the Amherst College men’s soccer staff.
Travis first joined head coach Justin Serpone’s staff this fall following the completion of his master’s degree in Leadership Management at Montreat College in Black Mountain, N.C. where he also served as a two-year graduate assistant men’s soccer coach.
Travis gained extensive experience in his coaching role at Montreat, including on the field coaching, recruiting, mentoring student athletes, office work, and video editing. In addition, he earned the NSCAA Advanced Diploma in 2014, after previously acquiring the NSCAA National Diploma the previous year. Travis also served as a state staff coach for the Olympic Development Program in North Carolina.
Jorge Chapoy begins his fifth year with the Maroon and White after serving as the assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University. During his time there, he assisted with all aspects of the program, while also running the team’s camps and serving as the head coach for the U13 girls PAGS team of ENCO United and the U18 boys MAPS team of the RYSA.
Chapoy was a stand-out player during his playing days at East Stroudburg, scoring 73 goals and tallying 36 assists during his career. The Monclova, Mexico native was a First Team All-American in 2003 and was the PSAC Conference Player of the Year that same season.