Hartwick College didn’t have to look far to find its new women’s soccer coach.
Hawks alum and former men’s soccer player Brian Gordon was announced as the school’s women’s soccer head coach Tuesday after spending the past two seasons as an assistant in the program.
Gordon replaces Matt Verni, who recently accepted a job as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Syracuse University, where Hartwick graduate and former men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre heads the program.
“Brian clearly emerged as the top candidate in our national search,” Hartwick athletic director Kim Fierke said in a media release sent by the school. “His enthusiasm and desire to lead Hartwick women’s soccer will propel this team forward in the competitive Empire 8 Conference. He will be a great addition to the college.”
With Gordon as an assistant, Hartwick’s women went 8-8-2 in 2012 and 8-8-3 this past season. Both teams qualified for ECAC tournaments. The two seasons marked the first back-to-back .500 or better seasons for Hartwick since the 1995 and 1996 campaigns.
“Hartwick soccer is really close to my heart and it is a great honor to be chosen to lead the program,” Gordon said in the release. “I intend to build on the great foundation left by Matt and I’m really excited to get working with the quality returning and incoming players this fall.”
The Hawks graduated three seniors off of last season’s team, including Schenevus graduates Jessica and Jayme Bentley. There were 13 underclassmen on Hartwick’s roster in 2013, including Oneonta High graduate Cami Cleaveland.
Gordon, a native of Scotland, played for Hartwick in 2008 and 2009. He was named to the 2009 Mayor’s Cup all-tournament team.
Before arriving at Hartwick College, Gordon played for the University at Albany. In 2006, he was named to the America East Rookie Team and earned a spot on the conference’s all-tournament team. The following season, Gordon was named to the all-tournament teams in the Virginia Commonwealth Nike Classic and the Colgate Adidas Classic.