Mark Mettrick will enter his 14th season as the Loyola men's soccer coach in 2013. In 13 years at Evergreen, Mettrick has posted a 159-76-23 (.661) record and led the Greyhounds to eight regular-season MAAC titles (2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '12), four MAAC Tournament titles (2001, '02, '07, '09) and five NCAA Tournaments (2001, '02, '07, '08, '09). The five-time MAAC Coach of the Year (2000, '01, '04, '07, '08) led Loyola to the NCAA College Cup Round of 16 in 2001 and saw the Greyhounds advance to the second round in 2007 and 2008, when Loyola won a program-high 37 matches over the two-year period.
In addition, Mettrick and the Greyhounds reached the NCAA College Cup for the third time in as many years at the end of the 2009 season, setting a school Division I record for consecutive appearances.
Loyola strung together its longest win streak since 2008 in 2012, winning seven-straight contests in MAAC play to take the No. 1 seed into the MAAC Tournament. The Greyhounds barely missed a berth to the NCAA College Cup after falling to Niagara in overtime of the MAAC Championship game though, finishing the season with an RPI of 44 and a No. 2 ranking in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region. Loyola was also one of only 30 schools nationally with at least 13 wins.
Mettrick guided Larry Ndjock to MAAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, in addition to a spot on the all-conference first team and all-rookie squad, making him the first player since Omar Alfonso (2003) to earn each of those honors in the same season. Ndjock also finished the year as the second-ranked freshman in the NCAA in scoring.
In 2011, the Greyhounds put together their 37th 10-win season in program history. Mettrick also became the 45th active head coach - and only coach in the MAAC - to reach the 200-win plateau on October 9, when the Greyhounds defeated Saint Peter's in the regular season.
The 2010 squad, though battling injuries, knocked off then-No. 4 Monmouth, 2-0, to mark the highest-ranked opponent the Greyhounds have beaten in Mettrick's tenure. The squad also remained one of the top teams in the MAAC, advancing to the conference tournament for the 22nd-straight year, before dropping a 2-1 contest to eventual champion Saint Peter's in the semifinals.
At the conclusion of the season, forward Phil Bannister became the sixth Greyhound under Mettrick to join the professional ranks, and the third to be drafted by Major League Soccer.
Mettrick's 2009 squad won the MAAC Tournament, defeating Fairfield on its home field in the semifinals and Niagara in the Championship Game. The Greyhounds again put together one of the top teams in the nation, led by senior co-captains Jamie Darvill and Tennant McVea. Darvill became the first player in MAAC history to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year Awards, and McVea was the first MAAC player to earn three-straight Defensive Player of the Year Honors. Additionally, Bannister led the nation in assists per game from his spot up top.
In 2008, under Mettrick's guidance, the Greyhounds ascended as high as No. 6 in the national rankings and finished the regular season as just one of two undefeated teams in the country at 18-0-1. They won their second straight league title and advanced to the Championship game of the MAAC Tournament, where they fell to Fairfield 2-1, ending a national-best 27-match unbeaten streak which dated back to the 2007 season. Earning the No. 9 overall seed in the NCAA College Cup, the Greyhounds hosted a second round match at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
After the season, McVea and Milos Kocic became the first Loyola players to be named NSCAA All-Americans since 1994. McVea, a defender, was named to the first team, while Kocic, a goalkeeper who was taken in the second round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by D.C. United, was named to the second team. Under Mettrick, a league-high nine Greyhounds landed on the All-MAAC Teams in 2009. McVea earned his second straight Defensive Player of the Year honor, and Darvill received Offensive Player of the Year. Mettrick was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season, while also being named the NSCAA North Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the second time. Five Greyhounds earned a spot on the regional team, the most of any eligible program.
The MAAC Coach of the Year honor was the fifth such recognition for Mettrick, who was also named Northeast Conference Coach of the Year twice. Entering the 2010 season, he has a career record of 184-99-30 (.635) over 16 seasons.
Named Loyola's eighth head soccer coach in January of 2000, Mettrick has built upon the rich tradition of Greyhounds soccer and continues to challenge the program with a top-notch non-conference schedule and lofty expectations for the MAAC season.
In 2007, the Greyhounds advanced to their 14th NCAA Tournament in 2007, capping a highly successful campaign that included a school record for shutouts and three winning streaks of six matches or more. Overall, the Greyhounds won 19 games, posted 17 shutouts, and won the MAAC Regular Season and MAAC Tournament Championships.
Mettrick was named the MAAC Coach of the Year and his team was awarded an NCAA first-round home game. Loyola won that match, a 2-nil shutout of Liberty and advanced to play Maryland in the Second Round. Mettrick's squad battled the Terrapins to a 0-0 shutout and fell in penalty kicks to end a great season.
Likewise, in 2002 the Greyhounds won the regular-season MAAC title and also earned a trip to the NCAA tournament. Senior Reb Beatty was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year for the fourth consecutive season while Niall Lepper earned MAAC Player of the Year honors under Mettrick's guidance. Both also were named to the NSCAA South Atlantic Regional First Team and the Greyhounds closed out the year with a loss to Furman in the NCAA College Cup.
A deserving winner of the 2001 NSCAA South Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year award, Mettrick was at the helm for one of the finest seasons in program history.
After losing their season opener to California, the Greyhounds went unbeaten in their next 19 games (17-0-2) before falling at No. 2 Saint Louis in the Round of 16. That season, Mettrick led Loyola to its first MAAC tournament championship since 1996, and the NCAA appearance was the program's first since 1993.
In his first season as Loyola's head coach in 2000, Mettrick led the Greyhounds to a MAAC regular-season championship and a 12-4-1 overall record. Just as in 2001, his Greyhounds ranked highly in several statistical categories nationally, finishing in the Top 10 in fewest goals allowed.
Mettrick came to the Evergreen Campus after six impressive seasons as the head coach at Mount St. Mary's University.
Named head coach at The Mount prior to the 1994 season, Mettrick shaped the Mountaineers' program into one of the finest in the Northeast Conference (NEC). He guided the school to five winning seasons and two NEC championship games.
Known for developing a rich pool of talent at each of his coaching stops, Mettrick has coached 47 Loyola players to All-MAAC status, including 28 on the league's first team. His student-athletes have been named MAAC Players of the Year six times, Goalkeeper of the Year (a now defunct award) three times, and Rookie of the Year twice. Twenty of his players have received MAAC All-Rookie Team honors.
Also a two-time Coach of the Year honoree in the NEC, Mettrick first won the award in 1994, his first season as a collegiate head coach. He led the Mountaineers to an 11-6-2 campaign, including a 2-1 upset of then 14th-ranked Maryland.
Mettrick, a native of Manchester, England, played for Manchester United (English Premier League) as a youth and progressed as far as their reserve team before leaving for the States.
He is a 1988 graduate of Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. An outstanding soccer player in his own right, Mettrick was a two-time NCAA Division I First Team All-America selection for the powerful Harwick men's soccer program, in addition to being a Dean's List student. He currently ranks among the leaders on Hartwick's all-time scoring list with 109 career points, and his 41 points as a freshman in 1984 rank him fourth on the single-season scoring list. Mettrick scored 46 career goals, tying for fourth on the all-time list, including 17 his freshman season. Following graduation, Mettrick was a first-round selection of the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), going on to star for that organization from 1988-92. During that span, he helped lead the Blast to two consecutive MISL championship game appearances and earned a nomination to the league's All-Star team in 1992. He then moved on to serve as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's in 1993 before taking over the head coaching position the following season.
In addition to his coaching duties at Loyola, Mettrick runs the highly-successful Mark Mettrick Professional Soccer Schools in the summer months throughout the state of Maryland. Mettrick currently resides in the Wiltondale section of Baltimore County with his wife Jennifer, their son, Matthew, and daughter, Haley.
Mark Mettrick's Year-by-Year Coaching Record
|1994||Mount St. Mary's||11-6-2||5-2-1||NEC Coach of the Year; NEC Finals|
|1995||Mount St. Mary's||7-8-2||3-3-2|
|1996||Mount St. Mary's||10-8-1||5-3-0||NEC Coach of the Year; NEC Semifinals|
|1997||Mount St. Mary's||10-6-2||2-2-2|
|1998||Mount St. Mary's||8-7-3||4-3-2|
|1999||Mount St. Mary's||11-7-2||8-1-1||NEC Finals|
|2000||Loyola||12-4-1||9-0-0||MAAC Coach of the Year & Regular-Season Champs|
|2001||Loyola||17-2-2||9-0-0||MAAC COY, Regular-Season & Tourn. Champs; NCAA Second Round|
|2002||Loyola||13-5-3||8-0-1||MAAC Regular-Season & Tourn. Champs; NCAA First Round|
|2003||Loyola||11-7-3||6-2-1||MAAC Regular-Season Champs|
|2004||Loyola||11-6-1||9-0-0||MAAC Coach of the Year & Regular-Season Champs|
|2007||Loyola||19-3-1||8-1-0||MAAC COY, Regular-Season & Tourn. Champs; NCAA Second Round|
|2008||Loyola||18-2-1||9-0-0||MAAC COY & Regular-Season Champs; NCAA Second Round|
|2009||Loyola||11-8-3||6-1-2||MAAC Tournament Champions; NCAA First Round|
|2012||Loyola||13-6-1||7-1-0||MAAC Regular-Season Champs|
|Career Totals||216-118-44||120-30-15||19 Years|