Men's Soccer Coach Wins Coach Of The Year Status
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, November 9, 2001
John Meehan was recently named 2001 NJCAA Division
III Region III Coach of the Year. Meehan led Hudson Valley Community College's
2001 men's soccer team to a 13-4 record, a No. 5 national ranking among
Division III junior colleges, and an NJCAA Division III Region III semifinal
"What a terrific season," Meehan said. "I owe so
much of my success to other Capital Region soccer coaches, mostly youth
soccer and high school coaches from this area. They're the ones who prepared
my players. I was simply the beneficiary of their good work."
"John Meehan has turned our men's soccer program
into a national-caliber program," said Drew Marrochello, Hudson Valley's
director of athletics. "This is a coach who knows how to win. And he knows
how to motivate his student-athletes to win."
Under Meehan's guidance, Hudson Valley posted a 10-4
record in 2000, Meehan's debut season. (Hudson Valley was 7-8-2 in 1999,
before Meehan's arrival.) The Vikings reached new heights in 2001; utilizing
a roster that featured 23 former Section II athletes, they 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).
From there, the Vikings traveled to Herkimer County
Community College for a semifinal matchup with Mohawk Valley Community
College. The two teams dueled through 120 minutes of scoreless soccer,
played under frigid, snowy conditions, before proceeding to penalty kicks
to determine a winner. Mohawk Valley then captured a 1-0 decision.
Nevertheless, Meehan's fellow junior college coaches
thought enough of his efforts to honor him with 2001 Mountain Valley Conference
and NJCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year status.
"My guys played their hearts out all season long,"
Meehan said. "They made me look good, and they should be extremely proud
of what they accomplished this year."
Meehan's success has not surprised Marrochello.
"We've gotten exactly what we expected from John
Meehan," Marrochello said. "Before he came to Hudson Valley, he was named
1999 Coach of the Year by the Port Huron Times Herald for leading Michigan's
St. Clair High School to its first varsity boys' league title. I know what
he brings to the table, and trust me, I'm glad John Meehan coaches from
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