PPA 3 Aug 1st – Aug 4th
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.
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
Brendan Ujvary is in his third year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men’s soccer program. He was an assistant with the Utica College men’s team in 2013 and 2014.
Ben Brewster joined his former collegiate head coach Fran O’Leary’s staff at the University of Massachusetts prior to the 2017 season after playing under O’Leary for three seasons at Bowdoin College during his four-year career from 2010-13.
At Bowdoin, Brewster was a two-time team captain during his senior and junior seasons and capped off his stellar career by being named a NSCAA First-Team All-American in 2013 after earning all-region and first-team all-conference honors in his final two seasons. A two-time Team MVP, Brewster helped Bowdoin advance to the Division III Final Four in San Antonio, Texas while being named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2010. In addition to his accomplishments on the pitch, Brewster was a first-team all-region and all-conference honoree and an all-America honorable mention selection for the Bowdoin Men?s Lacrosse team. Brewster earned multiple Bowdoin College awards during his collegiate career as he earned the Bowdoin Men?s Soccer George Levine Memorial Award for sportsmanship, valor and desire in 2011 and 2013 while earning the Sid Watson Award that is presented yearly to the student-athlete who has distinguished themselves through athletic performance and leadership of multiple teams at Bowdoin in 2013-14
University of Massachusetts
Jonathan Welsh begins his second year at Yale and first as an assistant coach in 2017-18. He served as Director of Operations and Player Personnel during the 2016-17 season.
Welsh came to New Haven after spending five years as an assistant coach at the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX.
At Kinkaid, Welsh helped the boys varsity soccer team to a first-place finish in the Southzone in the Southwest Preparatory Conference for the first time in school history in 2013. Kinkaid won the crown again in 2016. He also taught English for two years during his time at Kinkaid.
In addition, Welsh spent two years as the head coach for the U14 Houston Dynamo MLS Academy team under Academy Director James Clarkson.
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
Rob Thompson was named the Director of Operations for Clemson men’s soccer prior to the 2017 season. Prior to coming to Clemson, Thompson was heavily involved in coaching both youth and college soccer in New Hampshire since 1993.
Thompson spent 24 years coaching at Seacoast United Soccer Club (SUSC), New Hampshire’s premier youth sports club. He most recently served as the College Recruiting Coordinator and Director of premier HS age teams in the club. This past year, he coached two Seacoast teams to state titles. Both the 2000 girls NPL team and the 2004 boys NPL team won the US Club NH State Championship. His 2004 boys NPL team advanced to the US Club national championship tournament.
James Hull was named the assistant men’s soccer coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in August of 2016
In his role, Hull serves as head coach Dale Jordan’s top assistant.
Hull came to Stevens after a three-year stint as a student assistant coach at Hobart College, serving alongside Jordan on the Statesmen’s staff. Hull assisted in all operations of the nationally-ranked program including recruiting, scouting, training, and game-day operations.
Steven’s Institute of Technology
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
Ben Beaver joins the Bucknell 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.
Prior to Bucknell, Ben served as an assistant coach at Haverford College.
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.
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
Hayden Barbosa, begins his first season at the helm of Rivier University, men?s soccer program with great enthusiasm and experience
Barbosa is not only a native of Nashua, but is very familiar with the local collegiate landscape as he served as the Assistant Coach at his Alma mater, Lasell College from 2011-2013. While at Lasell his primary responsibilities were training Goalkeepers and overseeing all recruiting efforts. Barbosa?s recruiting efforts were undeniably impactful. His first recruiting class consisted of Division I, II prospects and transfers who came in to contribute to an overall 15-4-1 record. The following year they finished with a 17-4-2 overall record, as GNAC finalists and an ECAC appearance. Graduating several All-Conference and an All-American who have moved on to play at the next level both at home and abroad.