Georgetown has the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation
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 10th year on the Hilltop and fourth as associate head coach. He has helped build Georgetown men's soccer into a national contender.
Last year, the Hoyas went into the NCAA Tournament as the eighth overall seed and made it to the quarterfinals before failing to advance in penalty kicks against the University of Virginia, the eventual national champions. The team also boasted a number of individual successes.
Sophomore Joshua Yaro was named a First Team All-American and the BIG EAST Defender of the Year. Freshman Arun Basuljevic was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and junior Brandon Allen was also named an All-American. The Hoyas had goalkeeper Tomas Gomez drafted 60th overall in the Major League Soccer Draft and midfielder Tyler Rudy picked up by the New England Revolution as a Discovery Player.
This continued the momentum from the season prior, where the Hoyas returned to the NCAA Tournament as the sixth overall seed eventually falling in the Sweet 16. Individually, the Hoyas had two All-Americans in Steve Neumann and Allen. Neumann went on to be the No. 4 overall draft pick in the MLS SuperDraft and classmate Joey Dillon followed in the third round. In the BIG EAST, the team garnered five All-BIG EAST honors and had the Offensive Player, Midfielder and Goalkeeper of the Year as well as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, the latter marking the second time in Samol's career.
When Georgetown broke onto the national stage was in 2012, which 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. Neumann was a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist and earned College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while 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 seven All-Americans, 20 regional All-Americans, seven BIG EAST Players of the Year and 26 All-BIG EAST honorees as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. On the academic side, there has been one Academic All-American, one Academic All-Region honoree, two BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes and one Elite89 Award winner.
The team has seen unprecedented success in Samol's time on the Hilltop with four NCAA Tournament berths in five years. The squad has also won three BIG EAST Regular Season Championships, been ranked among the top 25 in seven seasons and made a trip to the BIG EAST Tournament championship game.
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 Arlington, Va., with his wife Amber and their daughter Juliette (1).
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