Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Coach Wins Coach Of The Year Status

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, November 9, 2001

Image of John MeeheanJohn 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 playoff game.

"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 our sideline."

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.