PPA 1 June 30th – July 3rd
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.
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.
Ryan Hayward was named an assistant coach in April 2015.
Hayward is the former owner of Total Soccer, LLP located in Warminster, Pa. Founded in 2002, Total Soccer is a full-service soccer training organization with three indoor training facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Hayward is the director of coaching at the Buckingham United Soccer Club in Doylestown, Pa. Buckingham has 45 travel soccer teams for children ages 8-18.
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.
Poplawski joins the Demon Deacons from Penn, where he was a 2017 graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and a two-sport varsity athlete.
On the pitch, Poplawski was a two-time All-Ivy League honoree and two-year team captain. He also played basketball for two seasons, appearing in 17 games.
A soccer midfielder, Poplawski played in 57 career matches and started 47 of them, totaling 17 points on six goals and five assists.
His freshman year, he earned All-League honors as he helped lead the team to a conference championship, reaching the NCAA Tournament before falling in PKs.
Wake Forest University
Ben Beaver joined the Haverford College men?s soccer team as an assistant coach prior to the 2016 season. In this position, Beaver is involved in all facets of the program including practice planning, advanced scouting, and recruiting.
His impact on the sidelines was immediate as the Fords repeated as Centennial Conference Champions, becoming the first team in conference history to win the Centennial Conference regular season title and Centennial Conference Tournament title. Haverford also advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round as a regional host.
Michael Alcaraz joined the USF men’s soccer staff as the Assistant Director of Operations in March 2017. Alcaraz came to USF after one season as an assistant coach for Burbank High School.
The former defender graduated from Manhattanville College in 2015 as a two-year starter. Prior to transferring to Manhattanville, Alcaraz was an All-South Coast Conference first team member for Pasadena City College.
Alcaraz graduated with a degree in psychology.
University of South Florida
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.
Scott Palguta was introduced as the third head coach in program history on Feb. 6, 2015.
Under Palguta’s guidance, the Tigers have posted a combined 41-10-9 record and continue to build upon their status as one of the elite programs in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, the West Region and in all of Division III men?s soccer.
During his two seasons as an assistant, Colorado College compiled a 29-10-4 record and were ranked as high as No. 14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America?s Division III poll. With last year?s 15-4-2 record, the Tigers posted their most victories since the 2004 squad finished with a 16-4-1 mark.
Taylor Thames is in his third season as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2017.
Thames spent the past two years at Stony Brook as an assistant coach. He assisted in recruiting, while overseeing equipment, travel, the program’s budget and NCAA compliance records. He also prepared and executed the conditioning and recovery programs, as well as team training with a specific emphasis on the goalkeepers.
University of Cincinnati
Jorge Chapoy begins his fourth 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.
Cam Omsberg enters his first season as assistant coach of the Northeastern men’s soccer team, arriving at Northeastern in February 2016. He joins the NU coaching staff having served as the top assistant coach at Bates for the past three years.
While at Bates, Omsberg assisted in all aspects of the program?s day-to-day coaching operations, weighing in heavily on recruiting and player development. He 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, Omsberg strengthened Bates? underclassmen, aiding in the development of the program?s first All-NESCAC sophomore since 2008.
Former four-year letterwinner at national powerhouse Brandeis University, Kenn Fryer begins his first season on head coach Matt O’Toole’s men’s soccer staff in 2016.
In his new role, Fryer will assist in all facets of the program, including recruiting, practice preparation and student-athlete development.
Fryer’s four years in Waltham were littered with team success as they graduated with 71 wins ? most in a four-year span in school history. The Judges also made four NCAA Tournament appearances, won a pair of UAA Conference crowns and made a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014 during Fryer’s tenure.
Metz will enter his first season in the fall of 2016 as the Head Coach of the Colby-Sawyer men’s soccer program.
Metz, who was hired in the summer of 2016 as the third head coach in the 25-year history of the program, takes over a team that went 11-8 overall and 8-1 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in 2015.
Metz received a BA in Recreation and Sports Leadership from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.) in 2009 and a Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.) in 2011.
Shimer joined Pine Manor in January 2014 as Head Women?s Soccer coach and the inaugural Head Coach of the Men?s Soccer Program. The fourth-year head coach recently led the men’s soccer team to their second-consecutive American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) conference tournament championship during the 2017 season as the Gators finished with their best record in program history, 12-5-1.
Pine Manor College enjoyed several ACAA postseason awards including the Player of the Year in Jose Corrales, the Freshman and Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Noah Nixon, and six First-Team All-ACAA players with Corrales, Nixon, Akheem Thompson, Cesar Garcia, Diego Herrera, and Jahvar Gayle. Nixon was named the ACAA tournament MVP and was joined by Corrales, Herrera, and Raudel Gomez on the All-Tournament Team. And Shimer was voted by his peers as the 2017 ACAA Coach of the Year.
Pine Manor College
In 2016, Mendel led the Curry Men’s Soccer team for his tenth season. The 2016 squad posted a 6-13-1 overall record and qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2015, his squad qualified for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinals. The team finished with a 10-9-1 overall record.
In 2014, he led his team to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals. Following that tournament his squad earned a bid to the ECAC Division III Tournament as the #6 seed. The Colonels defeated the #3 seed Bridgewater State to advance them into the Semifinals where they fell to the #1 seed Endicott College. Curry finished the season with an 11-10-1 overall record.
Former UMass men’s soccer interim head coach Devin O’Neill, a West Springfield native, completed his second season as head coach of the Western New England University men’s soccer program in 2016.
O?Neill led the Golden Bears back to the national stage last fall, as Western New England earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the ninth time in program history after claiming the team?s sixth CCC title and first since 2013.
Western New England University
Adam Pfeifer begins his second season at the helm of the Norwich University men’s soccer program in 2017.
In his inaugural season, Pfeifer guided the Cadets to a 12-4-4 record and a berth in the GNAC Championship game, where NU fell 4-2 to Saint Joseph’s (Maine) on penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless 110-minute draw. Pfeifer tutored five GNAC All-Conference selections, including the GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in Jacob Zimmerman. Zimmerman and Moab Schiers also earned NSCAA All-New England honors.