Hudson Valley Soccer Players Earn All-Star Status
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, October 23, 2001
John Meehan Wins Coach Of The Year Status
Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer
team placed six players on the Mountain Valley Conference's First Team,
which was released today. Additionally, second-year head coach John Meehan
was named MVC Coach of the Year.
The six All-Star players are: forward Ian
Gass (Guilderland H.S.); forward Joe Teator (Maple Hill H.S.);
midfielder Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs H.S.); defenseman Chris
Mahigian (Tamarac H.S.); defenseman Dan DiFiore (Averill Park H.S.);
and goaltender Stanley Kowalczyk (Seminole H.S., Florida).
Meehan, meanwhile, transplanted to Hudson Valley
from Michigan's St. Clair High School, where the Port Huron Times Herald
named him 1999 Coach of the Year. After leading the Vikings to a 10-4 record
in 2000, Meehan has guided Hudson Valley to a school-record 13 wins this
season (Hudson Valley's 1992 squad also won 13 games), including three
against nationally ranked squads. Hudson Valley, currently ranked fifth
in the nation among Division III junior colleges, has suffered just three
losses in 2001, including one against the No. 11 Division I two-year college
in the country.
"John Meehan has quickly helped point Hudson
Valley Community College's men's soccer team in the right direction," said
Drew Marrochello, Hudson Valley's athletic director. "And there's no secret
to his method – he's done it with hard work and local talent. John obviously
knows how strong the talent level is in the Capital District. That's why
23 of the 26 players on his roster are from Section II high schools. Players
in this area know how to win. And so does John."
Prior to Meehan's arrival, in 1999, the Vikings
were 7-8-2. Now, Hudson Valley is in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division
III Region III playoffs. The Vikings (13-3) next travel to Herkimer County
Community College for a 1 p.m. matchup with Mohawk Valley Community College
(12-3) on October 27. The winner of that game advances to the Region III
championship game, against the winner of a contest between Herkimer (15-0)
and Broome Community College (11-4). The championship game also will be
played at Herkimer, at noon on October 28.
The winner of the Region III tourney advances
to the national championship tournament, a two-day event that begins on
November 10 in Germantown, Maryland.
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