Head Coach Justin Serpone
Head coach Justin Serpone returns to the Amherst staff for a seventh season after leading the Lord Jeffs to a combined 88-14-14 (.812) record in his first six, giving him the second highest winning percentage among all active Division III coaches. Serpone has helped Amherst become one of the most successful programs in Division III, having won three NESCAC titles (2008, 2011, 2012) and qualified for the NCAA tournament in each of his first six years with the team.
In his debut with Amherst, Serpone put his team in the spotlight by rattling off 11 consecutive wins en route to a 15-2-1 mark. 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. Amherst ended the 2008 season with a No. 3 ranking in the NSCAA national poll and has maintained its elite status ever since, notably setting a program record for wins in 2011 (16-2-2). Last season, Serpone's Jeffs finished with an unblemished 17-0-3 mark, closing out 2012 having never trailed in a match. Racking up a 56-3 goal differential, Amherst enjoyed the best season of goal prevention in NCAA history, regardless of division.
In 2006 Serpone served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at Duke, helping to lead the Blue Devils to an 18-4-1 record, the ACC regular season and tournament championships, and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Duke he worked as a head assistant coach at Lafayette College (2001-03) and Northwestern University (2003-06), notably helping the Wildcats compile a record of 31-20-10 after they were a combined 9-42-4 from 2001-2003.
Serpone served as President of the Student Body and earned a B.A. in economics at Drew University, also posting a 61-19-4 record as a goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team. Since graduating from Drew, Serpone has earned an “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA).
In keeping with the academic spirit of Amherst and the NESCAC, Serpone has completed three graduate degrees, A Master of Arts from Northwestern in Sports Administration (2010) and a Master of Business Administration from Bay Path College (2012) and a Master of Arts in Higher Education from Bay Path (2012). He is currently in the process of beginning a fourth masters in Creativity and Critical Thought from the University of Massachusetts.
A native of Massachusetts, Serpone and his wife, Angela, reside in Hadley with their daughter, Lily, and their dog, Cody. Angela is entering her fourth season as head coach of the women's lacrosse program at UMass Amherst, winning the Atlantic-10 conference in each of her first three seasons.
Joining Serpone on the coaching staff for 2013 are Tony Pacella, Derek Shea and Federico Sucre '13.Brian Hamm also returns to work with the team's goalkeepers, while Chris Boyko will once again serve as the team's strength and conditioning coach.
Justin Serpone's Career Coaching Record
Amherst College (7th season, 88-14-14 Overall)