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Head Coach Justin Serpone
Submitted by Justin P. Long (inactive)
Head coach Justin Serpone returns to the Amherst staff for a fifth season after leading the Lord Jeffs to a combined 55-12-9 record in his first four. 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 en route to an impressive 15-2-1 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Championship Round of 16. The 2008 season brought even more success for Serpone and his Jeffs, who advanced to the national semifinals for only the second time in program history. Along the way Amherst picked up several impressive wins, including a 2-0 victory at Middlebury to mark the program's first NESCAC title and a 1-0 win over top-ranked Trinity (TX) in the NCAA quarterfinals. Amherst ended the 2008 season with a No. 3 ranking in the NSCAA national poll. Amherst made another two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010, finishing with a 13-2-4 record and a national ranking of 10 last year.
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.
In 2011 Serpone welcomes Matthew O'Toole, Matt Edwards and Andrew Rousseau to the staff. Brian Hamm will once again work with the team's goalkeepers, while Chris Boyko will serve as the team's strength and conditioning coach.
Justin Serpone's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (5 seasons, 71-14-11 Overall)