Aug. 19, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College President Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students Dr. Susan Donovan announced today that Greyhounds Men's Soccer Head Coach Mark Mettrick has received an extension of his contract through 2012.
"Mark has done a wonderful job with our men's soccer program over his tenure at Loyola, and we are pleased that he will be here to continue the tradition of excellence," Father Linnane said. "His team generated a great deal of excitement for soccer and athletics in general by creating a winning atmosphere. We thank him for his leadership of our student-athletes, on and off the field, and look forward to his continued success."
Mettrick led the Greyhounds to a 19-3-1 record in 2007 and a berth in the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup Second Round. Loyola finished its season with an NCAA-leading 17 shutouts and earned its 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Greyhounds also excelled in the classroom, as they posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.08.
"Mark is a terrific role model for our men's soccer student-athletes," Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "He holds them to high standards on the field, as well as off, but he also helps them achieve those marks. Mark's passion for soccer is evident in every conversation you have with him, and I am excited that he will continue the successful program we have at Loyola."
Loyola not only hosted a game in the College Cup, but a victory over Liberty in the First Round set up a date with Maryland in the second. The Greyhounds tied the Terrapins, 0-0, after regulation, but were edged on penalty kicks.
"I am happy to work out this agreement with our administration, and I am honored with the trust that Father Linnane and Dr. Donovan have in our staff," Mettrick said. "I am pleased with the direction of our program, and we look forward to continuing to build on the great soccer tradition at Loyola. I am particularly excited about the challenges we face as we prepare to move into our new stadium."
Entering his ninth season as head coach at Loyola, Mettrick has posted an 88-47-14 record for a .638 winning percentage. He was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time in 2007.
His teams have a 61-8-3 record in MAAC competition, and the Greyhounds have won six MAAC regular-season titles and advanced to the NCAA College Cup three times during his tenure.
Mettrick was also named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Regional Coach of the Year in 2001 when Loyola went 17-2-2 and advanced to the Final 16 of the NCAA College Cup.
Prior to his tenure on the Evergreen campus, Mettrick was a two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year at Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. After spending a year as an assistant at The Mount, Mettrick was head coach there from 1994-1999.
A 1988 graduate of, and two-time All-America First Team honoree at, Hartwick College, Mettrick was inducted to the Hawks' Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was a first-round draft pick of the Major Indoor Soccer League's Cleveland Force. He then enjoyed an outstanding career for the Baltimore Blast from 1988-1992, earning a spot on the MISL's All-Star team his final year. He was head coach at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., from 1994-1999 and has a 155-89-26 (.622) as a collegiate coach.
The Greyhounds open their 2008 campaign on Friday, August 29, 2008, when they host the Black and Decker Soccer Classic. Loyola takes on Fordham at 5 p.m. on the opening evening.