- Soccer (M) 2008Soccer (M) 2008
Head Coach Justin Serpone
Submitted by Justin P. Long (inactive)
Head coach Justin Serpone returns to the Amherst staff for a second season after leading the Lord Jeffs to a very successful 2007 campaign. In his debut with the Jeffs, Serpone immediately put his team in the spotlight by rattling off 11 consecutive wins to kick off the season. Amherst finished the regular season at 13-1 overall and 8-1 in the NESCAC to claim the top seed in the conference championship tournament. The Jeffs earned a first-round bye in both the NESCAC and NCAA tournaments, picking up a gutsy 3-2 win over WNEC in the Round of 32 on their home field. Amherst ended in a scoreless tie with York College in the Round of 16 but could not advance past the penalty kick round, as the impressive season came to an end with a 15-2-1 mark.
Serpone came to Amherst with a great deal of coaching experience under his belt. He 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.