Serpone Among Finalists for National Coach of the Year

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AMHERST, MA – The 11 finalists for NSCAA/adidas National Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year have been announced, with Amherst College’s Justin Serpone among the 11 coaches eligible for the prestigious honor. Serpone was an automatic selection to the final ballot for leading the Lord Jeffs to the national tournament semifinals.

After getting off to a 5-3 start, Serpone led his team to a 10-0-3 record in the next 13 games to mark his second consecutive 15-win season. The Jeffs’ 15th win—which came against then-top-ranked and unbeaten Trinity (TX)—earned them a trip to the NCAA Final Four for only the second time in program history.

At season’s end, Amherst was ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA national poll with a 15-4-3 record. In addition, the NSCAA recognized Amherst for having the highest team GPA (3.48) across Divisions I, II and III. Other accomplishments included the program’s first NESCAC title and a seven-game shutout streak in the postseason, as Amherst headed into the national tournament as one of the hottest teams in the nation.

Serpone has posted a stellar 30-6-4 record (.800) in his two years at the Amherst helm, returning the Lord Jeffs to powerhouse status in the NESCAC and putting them back on the national map.

The NSCAA/adidas national awards will be announced at the annual NSCAA Awards Banquet, which will be held Friday evening, Jan. 16, in the Grand Ballroom of the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Mo., as part of the 2009 NSCAA Convention.