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Keith Tabatznik has guided Georgetown University soccer to national prominence, and in 2005 enters his 22nd season as head coach. He has led the Hoyas to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances as well as a BIG EAST Championship during his tenure. With a 21-year record of 210-178-22, Tabatznik is Georgetown's all-time winningest soccer coach, and is among the top 40 active collegiate coaches in wins.
The 2004 season was a successful year for Georgetown. In the Hoyas first home game against Delaware on September 1, Tabatznik earned his 200th career win as head coach. The Hoyas also advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament, losing in overtime to Seton Hall and just narrowly missed a berth to the NCAAs. Tabatznik also saw two of his student-athletes drafted by Major Indoor Soccer League, with Dan Gargan playing for the Philadelphia Kixx and Trevor Goodrich selected by the St. Louis Steamers. Gargan was also drafted by Major League Soccer, and plays for the Colorado Rapids. The Hoyas compiled an 11-8-2 overall record and a 5-4-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
The 2003 season was the 50th anniversary for the men's soccer program and Georgetown started the year by winning its first ever D.C. College Cup. During the season the Hoyas played five overtime games and six one-goal games, including a 2-2 tie with eventual national champion Indiana and a last minute 2-3 loss to #2 Maryland. The season ended with an 8-9-2 overall record and 3-7-0 mark in conference play.
Tabatznik led the youngest Hoya squad he has ever tutored to its 11th straight BIG EAST Championship in 2002. The Hoyas compiled an 8-9-1 overall mark and a 5-4-1 record in BIG EAST play ending the season with a run to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals. Georgetown began the year in a 0-3 hole but maturation and a nearly impenetrable defense allowed the Blue and Gray to shutout four opponents, including a 0-0 tie with #1 ranked St. John's.
GU's 2001 season ended with a 1-0 heartbreaker in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship. It marked the 10th straight season Georgetown earned a spot in the postseason tournament. The Hoyas completed the season with a 9-9-1 overall mark and a 6-4 finish in the BIG EAST. Highlighting GU's season were four shutouts and a 1-0 victory over defending national champion Connecticut on October 20, 2001.
The Hoyas finished their 2000 season with an overall record of 9-8-1 and a BIG EAST mark of 5-5-1. Georgetown earned a berth into the BIG EAST Championships for the ninth-straight year. During the season, GU was ranked as high as 13th in the nation in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Poll.
In 1999, Tabatznik led Georgetown to its second-consecutive appearance in the BIG EAST Championship game. Georgetown shutout nationally-ranked St. John's and Rutgers before falling to Connecticut in the finals. The Hoyas were 11-9-1 that season, which marked their third-consecutive winning campaign. Tabatznik's team won 15 games in both 1997 and 1998. The Hoyas advanced to the BIG EAST Championship Game and were ranked in the top 25 throughout the season.
The 1997 season was spectacular for Tabatznik and the Hoyas, as GU captured its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a 2-1 triumph over Virginia Commonwealth on November 23. The Hoyas finished 1997 with a 15-7 overall record and were second in the extremely competitive BIG EAST Conference with a 9-2 mark. For his efforts, Tabatznik was named the 1997 BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
In 1994, Tabatznik was named the South Atlantic Region and BIG EAST Coach of the Year after leading the Hoyas to an incredible 18-4 record and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Championship as well as its first BIG EAST regular season title. Tabatznik was the recipient of Georgetown's Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award for 1994-95.
Tabatznik, holder of a USSF "A" Coaching License, led Georgetown to 12 berths in the BIG EAST Tournament. The berths into post-season play are the continuation of many successful seasons since the Hoyas' first BIG EAST Tournament appearance in 1988 season, in which the team was 12-7-1 and set a then-school record for wins in a single season. During Tabatznik's tenure, ten former Hoyas have played for professional teams.
In addition to taking Hoya soccer to new heights, Tabatznik is an integral part of taking U.S. soccer to its highest levels ever. In 2005 Tabatznik was appointed as the Boy's Olympic Development Program Director for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association. He had held this position in the late 80's and early 90's. He was charged with bringing Maryland ODP back to the prominence it had in the past. In his first year back Maryland won 2 of 3 regional championships - narrowly missing the clean sweep as his U-17s lost on penalty kicks. Tabatznik is also currently the U.S. National Amateur Team Head Coach and in 1997 was selected as the Region I and National Coach of the Year. In 1997, as head coach for the East Team in the U.S. Soccer Festival, Tabatznik led the East to the Gold Medal. His team, which included former Hoyas Tyler Purtill, Tom Greaser and Chris Jones, went undefeated in the Festival, winning the Gold, 1-0, over the U.S. World University Team. He served as Team Administrator for the United States Under-16 National Team that represented the U.S. in the Youth World Cup in Scotland in 1989. Also in 1989, Tabatznik was appointed Head Olympic Development Coach for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association. Tabatznik also served on the Regional Olympic Development Youth staff from 1985 to 1989. In 1992, he led Maryland to an unprecedented three Region I Olympic Development Championships in six age groups.
As a player-coach with the Journal Soccer Club for ten years, Tabatznik led his team to two Capitol Soccer League titles as well as the finals of the D.C.-Virginia State Cup in 1990. Tabatznik was a Capitol Soccer League All-Star as well as a member of the Virginia Senior Olympic Development Team. He has coached one of the elite senior amateur teams in the country, the Greek Americans, the 1993 and 1994 Mid-Maryland Premier League, Maryland Open and Amateur Cup Champions. The "Greeks" advanced to the final eight in the nation in 1994.
Prior to coming to Georgetown, Tabatznik served as an assistant coach at George Washington University. A 1980 graduate of American University, he lettered three years for the Eagles. Although he is known for his attacking philosophy toward the game, he played in two NCAA Tournaments as part of a defensive unit that set AU's shutout record.
Tabatznik was also a member of the Washington '94 World Cup Committee that was responsible for staging World Cup games in D.C., and has played an important role in developing soccer leagues in Washington's inner city.
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