PPA 2 July 11th – 14th
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.
Justin Makar joined the U-M men’s soccer staff prior to the 2014 in the role of program assistant. He joins the Wolverines after spending four seasons on the sidelines as an assistant coach at Lafayette College, and was the programs No. 1 assistant and recruiting coordinator in 2013. Prior to that, he primarily worked with the Leopards’ goalkeepers as well as the recruiting and scouting efforts.
He will be directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, including team travel, video and other duties as assigned.
University of Michigan
Brad Cole joined the men’s soccer coaching staff in January of 2020. Previously, Cole was an assistant coach at the University of Vermont.
A player for the Catamounts from 2010-2015, Cole played right back and defensive midfield at Vermont prior to joining the coaching staff as a graduate assistant. In addition to being named team captain as a senior, Cole was the recipient of the Russell O. Sunderland Memorial Trophy, an award presented to a University of Vermont student-athlete who overcomes obstacles and maintains a high quality of play and academic prowess.
Stefan Defregger enters his second season as the assistant coach of the Northeastern men’s soccer team during 2019, having joined the Huskies’ staff during the summer of 2018. A former Dartmouth midfielder under then-assistant coach Chris Gbandi, Defregger has risen quickly through the collegiate coaching ranks after competing professionally for three seasons on the United Soccer League (USL) circuit.
Before arriving at Northeastern, Defregger was the assistant coach of the Rochester men’s soccer team that was named the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Coaching Staff of the Year. Specializing in the development of the Yellowjackets’ attacking front, he helped guide Rochester’s offense to 41 goals, yielding 14 victories, a third-place UAA finish and the program’s second Division III quarterfinal appearance.
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.
Chris Pratt enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Wesleyan men’s soccer program in 2019 after previously serving as the assistant boy’s varsity soccer coach at the Noble & Greenough School for the last four seasons. During his time with the Nobles, Pratt helped guide the team to the NEPSAC Class B Tournament in 2016 and 2018.
In Choquette’s 2019 debut season, the Maroons posted a 12-2-5 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the University Athletic Association (UAA). UChicago became the first team to win all its conference games with no goals allowed in UAA history. The squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament as well. Goalkeeper Aaron Katsimpalis was picked as a Second Team All-American, Scott Lich was named UAA Defensive Player of the Year and defender Richard Gillespie was UAA Rookie of the Year.
University of Chicago
Metz will enter his fourth season in 2019 as the Head Coach of the Colby-Sawyer men’s soccer program.
In 2018, the first year as a member of the GNAC, Metz led the Chargers to a 6-3-2 conference record and an appearance in the semifinals.
In 2017, Metz guided the Chargers to a NAC Championship appearance after posting an 8-1 regular season conference record. The Chargers were 14-3-1 under Metz in the NAC.
Andrew Schaefer begins his first season on staff with the Wheaton College men’s soccer program, as he was named a full-time assistant coach in the summer of 2019. The Ashland, Virginia native comes to Norton after serving as assistant coach for two seasons at his Alma Mater, Randolph-Macon College.
Dan Roberts joined the Emmanuel College staff during the spring of 2016, becoming just the third-ever Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer program.
In his first season at the helm, Roberts led the Saints to an 8-9-2 record while posting a 4-4-1 mark in GNAC play to earn the No. 5 seed in the 2016 GNAC tournament. His squad posted six shutouts to rank second in program history for clean sheets in a single season. In 2017, the squad posted seven ties, a program-record which also led the nation among NCAA Division III programs.
Max Correa begins his first season as the Graduate Assistant for the Wilkes Men’s Soccer team in 2019.
Correa joins the Colonels after a four-year career at Drew University. While with Rangers, Correa served as a team captain and was named to the Dean’s List every semester from 2015 to graduation. Most recently, Correa served as a coach with the United Soccer Academy in Chatham, New Jersey, where he helped with ID Clinics and coaching individual players. Correa also holds a United States Soccer Federation Grassroots Certification (National F License).
Coach 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. 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.