Wiese and company named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Samol also receives accolades
Hoyas are in the midst of spring play
Zach Samol is in his eighth year on the Hilltop and second as associate head coach. He has helped usher in a new era for Georgetown University men's soccer.
The 2012 season will be remembered as the most successful in program history. The Hoyas went 19-4-3 with a mark of 6-2-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. The squad was the third overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 19 wins were the most in program history. The Hoyas were the BIG EAST Blue Division Champions, the BIG EAST Championship runners-up and advanced to the national championship game in penalty kicks in a thrilling game against the University of Maryland after Georgetown began the season unranked.
Individual accolades followed as a record four players were drafted by teams in the MLS including three Hoyas earning a spot in the MLS SuperDraft. Steve Neumann was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and earned College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while Brandon Allen was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year as well as the national rookie of the year by a number of outlets. GU had two All-Americans as well as six All-BIG EAST honorees. Georgetown boasted its well-rounded student-athletes with Keon Parsa earning the Elite89 Award, given to the student-athlete at the College Cup with the highest GPA.
With all of the success, the coaching staff was not forgotten as Samol earned NSCAA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his tenure at Georgetown, Samol has coached three All-Americans, 12 regional All-Americans, two BIG EAST Players of the Year and 15 All-BIG EAST honorees as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. On the academic side, he has had one Academic All-American, one Academic All-Region honoree, two BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes and an Elite89 Award winner.
The team has seen unprecedented success with two NCAA Tournament berths. The squad has also won a pair of BIG EAST Blue Division Championships, been ranked among the top 25 in five seasons and made a trip to the BIG EAST Tournament championship game.
There have been a number of milestones along the way for the Hoyas. In 2011, the team went unbeaten for 10-consecutive games and tied the No. 1 team in the nation on the road. The 2010 season was a breakout year as Georgetown won the Blue Division and moved on to the Round of 16 before failing to advance in penalty kicks. It was also that season that the coaching staff was named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
Samol joined Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese on the Hilltop when Wiese was hired in 2006. Prior to Georgetown, Samol spent four years at Yale, helping them to an Ivy League Championship in 2005, the first in 14 seasons, as well as an appearance in the 2005 NCAA Tournament which was the first NCAA Tournament berth since 1999.
He also spent two seasons coaching at Boston College as an assistant from 2000-01. At BC, the Eagles earned a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and won the BIG EAST Championship in 2000.
Samol played his collegiate soccer at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1998 and was a 1997 All-Ivy League selection before earning a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Following his graduation, Samol played professionally from 1998-2003 with the Connecticut Wolves (A-League), the Cape Cod Crusaders (D-3 Pro League), the Boston Bulldogs (A-League) and the Western Mass Pioneers (D-3 Pro League), where he concluded his pro career.
He spent two seasons as a head coach with the Potomac U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and served as the academy director at the McLean U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Program for two years.
Samol resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife Amber.