Athletics

Amherst Coaching Staff Set for 2012 Season

Contact: Justin Long

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Amherst went 16-2-2 and won the NESCAC title in 2011.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s soccer team has reloaded its coaching staff for the 2012 season, with two new faces set to join the Lord Jeffs next fall.

Joining the staff to work alongside head coach Justin Serpone will be Derek Shea and Tony Pacella, with Brian Hamm returning for an eighth season and Andrew Rousseau coming back for a second.

After a varied club and high school coaching career in the Pioneer Valley, Shea comes to Amherst having formerly served as a volunteer assistant coach at UMass. Also a coach with the Western United club team, he has previously worked with boys and girls' high school programs in Amherst. Helping to run numerous local clinics, including the UMass camps, he holds a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Shea earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from North Adams State College (currently MCLA) in 1992. While at North Adams, Shea earned All-New England recognition on three occasions, twice being named to the first team. A two-year captain, he helped North Adams earn a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. After playing professionally for the Albany Alleycats of the USL, he earned a master's in education from UMass before working for several area schools.

Pacella, meanwhile, spent the 2011 season volunteering as an assistant at Temple University. A native of Sinking Spring, Pa., he was a four-year starter and two-time All-Conference selection at Elizabethtown College, where he graduated in 2011. “Tony is a young, motivated coach,” Serpone says. “He’s going to add a lot of energy to our staff, and we’re excited to have him.”

Pacella graduated from Elizabethtown with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance. He served as the men’s soccer team’s captain during his junior and senior seasons, earning the school’s Best Male Athlete honor in 2011. In addition to his All-Conference recognition, Pacella was a two-time NSCAA Mid Atlantic All-Region selection.

Shea and Pacella join an Amherst team that will return the bulk of its explosive offense in 2012, as the Jeffs are coming off a 16-2-2 season and will be defending the program’s second NESCAC title. Serpone has led the program to a 71-14-11 record since his arrival, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first five years.