Jan 10, 2013, 1:35 PM EST
Ryan Sniegoski (ODU ’05), an assistant coach at ODU the past eight years has been hired as Florida Southern’s new head men’s soccer coach, officially assuming his duties on January 8, as the fifth head coach in the 57-year history of the program. He was the Monarchs top assistant the last three years.
“Ryan has been a great assistant and a loyal Monarch and we will miss him here at ODU. We are very excited for him in becoming the Florida Southern Head Coach and we know he will be a huge success.We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.” — ODU Head Coach Alan Dawson
“I am very honored and excited to formally accept the head coaching position for the men’s soccer team at Florida Southern College,” said Sniegoski. “I would like to personally thank Director of Athletics, Pete Meyer, for this incredible opportunity. I was so impressed with the family atmosphere on campus during my visit and I could not wait to return.”
Over the past eight years while serving under head coach Alan Dawson, Sniegoski helped Old Dominion compile a 96-45-19 record, and made six trips to the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level, including three in a row from 2009-12. The Monarchs advanced to the second round in both 2010 and 2011 before being ousted in the first round on penalty kicks in 2012. Their 2010 NCAA Tournament was highlighted by a 1-0 win over defending national champion Virginia.
During Sniegoski’s tenure at Old Dominion, the Monarchs also advanced to the round of 16 in both 2006 and 2007 during a pair of 14-win seasons, and were ranked in the NSCAA Top-10 for most of the 2005 season, reaching as high as #2. In 2006, the Monarchs upset #10 North Carolina in Chapel Hill in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before they were eliminated by eventual national champion UC-Santa Barbara, 2-1. The following year saw Old Dominion win the Colonial Athletic Association championship and again upset a higher seeded team on the road during the NCAA Tournament, this time knocking off fourth-ranked Brown in the second round.
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