WASHINGTON — American University Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker announced the hiring of Zach Samol as the head coach of men's soccer at AU. Samol is the 16th head coach in over 60 years of the program's existence.
Samol spent the last 13 seasons at Georgetown University including seven as associate head coach.
"It's a real honor to be named the head men's soccer coach of American University. I would like to especially thank Dr. Billy Walker and Andrew Smith for trusting me with the future of the program and I'm excited to get to work with the team," said Samol. "AU is a special place with a strong soccer history and i'm looking forward to building on that tradition in my first year as a head coach."
"I want to especially thank Georgetown head coach Brian Wiese. It's been a great experience working with him, I've learned so much, but most of all want to thank him for his friendship."
During his time with the Hoyas, Samol helped guide Georgetown into a top team in the NCAA with seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament — including the NCAA Championship game in 2012, the 2014 NCAA Quarterfinals —and three Big East Championships.
"We are so very excited to announce the hiring of Zach Samol as the next head coach of the American University Men's Soccer team," said Walker. "Zach comes to us with a strong background of recruiting and coaching some of the finest student-athletes in the country. His clear emphasis on academics and character is apparent and is consistent with our core values here at AU. We can't wait to get Zach on board and work with him in leading our program".
At Georgetown, Samol coached 19 players who signed with a Major League Soccer squad, one Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, 10 All-Americans, 33 regional All-Americans, 11 Big East Players of the Year and 49 All-Big East honorees as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
On the academic side, he coached two Academic All-Americans, one Academic All-Region honoree, two Big East Scholar-Athletes and one NCAA Elite89 Award winner.
In 2012, Samol was named the United Soccer Coaches Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Prior to Georgetown, Samol spent four years at Yale under head coach Brian Tompkins. In 2005, the Bulldogs won their first Ivy League Championship in over 14 years and reached the NCAA Tournament after a six-year hiatus.
In 2000, Samol began his coaching career at Boston College and spent two seasons with the Eagles, reaching the NCAA Tournament twice and capturing the Big East title in 2000.
An All-Ivy League selection in 1997, Samol graduated from Dartmouth in the Class of 1998 with a 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.
Locally in the DMV, Samol 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, Virginia, with his wife Amber and their daughters Juliette (4) and Colette (2).
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Pronunciation is "SAM-ohl"