Klekota comes to the Hilltop from Bucknell
Wildy comes to the Hilltop from George Washington University
The Hoyas look to replace six MLS signees
Georgetown has the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation
Wiese and company named BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
Georgetown Men's Soccer 1, Providence 0 September 26, 2015 Shaw Field | Washington, D.C.
In 2015, the Hoyas had an impressive season with a mark of 16-2-3 overall and 9-0-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, winning both the BIG EAST Conference regular season and championship titles. The tournament championship was the first in program history. Georgetown went on a program record 18-game unbeaten streak including a 14-game win streak. With the Blue & Gray failing to advance in penalty kicks in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, the unbeaten streak continued into 2016.
Individually, Brandon Allen became GU’s first-ever MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist. He joined Joshua Yaro as an All-American and five Hoyas were regional All-Americans. In the BIG EAST, JT Marcinkowski was named the Freshman of the Year and Yaro earned Defender of the Year honors. Additionally, eight Hoyas were selected All-BIG EAST and the coaches won Staff of the Year honors for the third time in Samol’s tenure.
Following the season, six players moved on to the MLS with Yaro being selected as the second overall pick and Keegan Rosenberry earning the third overall selection. Cole Seiler was selected in the first round, 16th overall, and Josh Turnley was drafted 42nd overall. Allen and Alex Muyl both signed homegrown contracts for the first time in program history.
Georgetown broke onto the national stage 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.
With all of the success, the coaching staff was not forgotten as Samol was named the United Soccer Coaches Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his tenure at Georgetown, Samol has coached 17 players who have signed with an MLS squad, one Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, nine All-Americans, 25 regional All-Americans, nine BIG EAST Players of the Year and 36 All-BIG EAST honorees as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. On the academic side, he has had two Academic All-Americans, one Academic All-Region honoree, two BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes and one Elite89 Award winner.
The team has seen unprecedented success with five NCAA Tournament berths in six years. The squad has also won four BIG EAST regular season championships, one BIG EAST Tournament championship and been ranked among the top 25 in eight seasons including stints at No. 1 in the nation.
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 daughters Juliette (3) and Colette (1).