Men's Soccer

Meehan Honored With Coach Of The Year Status Again

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 21, 2001

A standout 2001 campaign, in which he guided the Vikings to a 13-4 record, keeps getting better for Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer coach John Meehan of Cohoes. Previously named Mountain Valley Conference and NJCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year, Meehan recently earned his third prestigious title this post-season: he was named 2001 Junior College North Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas.

Meehan will be honored at a national convention in Philadelphia on Jan. 17.

Under Meehan's guidance, Hudson Valley earned a No. 5 national ranking in 2001. Utilizing a roster that featured 23 former Section II athletes, the Vikings also hosted a playoff game for the first time in recent history. Hudson Valley defeated SUNY Delhi, 4-1, in that quarterfinal game. And that win, the team's 13th, tied Hudson Valley's record for victories in a single season (Hudson Valley also won 13 games in 1992).

"John Meehan has turned our men's soccer program into a national-caliber program," said Drew Marrochello, Hudson Valley's director of athletics.

In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game. Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status, 20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American status.