John Meehan Wins Second Straight Coach of the Year Award
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 24, 2002
Five Hudson Valley Men's Soccer Players Earn All-Star Honors
Hudson Valley Community College men's soccer coach John Meehan was named the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight year earlier today.
Meehan has led the Vikings to an 11-6 record thus far this season and has them playing in the NJCAA Region III semifinals against Herkimer this Saturday, October 26. Meehan has won 36 games, against only 15 defeats, during his three-year tenure at Hudson Valley and consistently has the Vikings ranked in the NJCAA Division III poll.
"It's always an honor when your peers recognize you," said Meehan. "I'm pleasantly surprised by this award."
The league's Coach of the Year a year ago, Meehan also was named the NJCAA Division III Region III Coach of the Year and the Junior College North Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2001.
Forward Rafael Luna (Albany/Albany High School), defenseman Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga) and goalkeeper Pete Testa (Niskayuna/Niskayuna) earned First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference honors while midfielder Joe Teator (Castleton, NY/Maple Hill) and defenseman Garth Ellms (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) were named to the league's Second Team.
Luna leads the team on offense with eight goals and 11 assists while Kelly is second in scoring with seven goals and seven assists. Testa is allowing only 1.4 goals per-game, which is second among goalies in Region III.
In the 2001-02 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 65 percent of their contests. The college's softball team traveled to Illinois for the national championship tournament and finished second in the country, and the women's basketball team placed seventh in the nation. Hudson Valley's football team won the Northeast Football Conference, and the baseball and bowling squads each added a Mountain Valley Conference title. Additionally, three Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status and eight were honored with All-American status.