Head coach Justin Serpone
joins the Amherst staff with a great deal of coaching experience under his belt. Serpone worked as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Duke in 2006, helping to lead the Blue Devils to an 18-4-1 record, ACC regular season championship and ACC tournament championship. Duke earned the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament and placed eight players on the ACC All-Academic Team. Prior to Duke, Serpone served as the head assistant men’s soccer coach at Northwestern University from 2003 to 2006 and at Lafayette College from 2001 to 2003. In three seasons at Northwestern, the team compiled a record of 31-20-10 and made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, achieving one of the most drastic turnarounds in NCAA men’s soccer history. Prior to Serpone’s arrival, Northwestern had posted a record of 9-42-4 from 2001-2003. Beyond the soccer field, Serpone served as President of the Student Body and earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Computer Science at Drew University. As a goalkeeper, he compiled a record of 61-19-4 for the Drew men’s soccer team. Since graduating from Drew, Serpone has earned an “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation and is a 2007 Master of Arts in Sports Administration candidate at Northwestern. As a Massachusetts native, Serpone is well aware of Amherst’s success at balancing academic excellence with athletic achievement, and believes his coaching experiences at Duke, Northwestern and Lafayette have prepared him to continue such a tradition.
Justin Serpone's Career Coaching Record
Assistant Coach Brian Hamm returns to the Amherst staff for a third season after helping lead the Jeffs back to the NCAA Tournament last fall. A 2002 graduate of Middlebury, Hamm was a three-year starter in goal for the Panthers, earning both all-conference honors and all-region honors twice and captaining the team in his senior campaign. Hamm played semi-professionally for the Downton Football Club in Downton, England before taking on the assistant role at Middlebury in 2004, and followed the season at Middlebury with a stint as Director of Goalkeeping for the Vermont Olympic Development Program. A four-year starter for Middlebury's baseball team, Hamm has also served as an assistant baseball coach at Middlebury for three seasons, and is currently an Envoy Coach for Major League Baseball. Hamm is currently working toward a master's degree in sport management at UMass Amherst, and will also serve as assistant coach for Amherst Baseball.
Jamie Mullarkey joins Serpone as an assistant this fall in the coaching debut for the tandem. Mullarkey was a standout striker for Division I Lafayette College, graduating in 2004. A native of Newcastle, England, Mullarkey was an anthropology and sociology double-major at Lafayette. The four-year starter for the Leopards was a Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American and First Team All-Patriot League selection in 2003. Mullarkey was also a four-time Patriot League Player of the Week during his illustrious career at Lafayette. The MISL’s Philadelphia Kixx selected Mullarkey in the second round of the 2004 draft with the 26th overall pick before he moved to Europe to play for the Blyth Spartans for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Chris Doney joins the Amherst College men’s soccer staff this season in his collegiate coaching debut. A native of nearby Longmeadow, Doney attended New England soccer powerhouse Loomis Chafee, before going on to play his college ball at Lafayette College. While studying economics and business at Lafayette, Doney was a three-year starter, and a member of the 2003 and 2005 Patriot League championship teams. Doney was also selected to the 2004 and 2006 Patriot League All-Academic squads. For the last two years, Doney worked as a mutual fund accountant for State Street Corporation in Boston.