BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Scott Wiercinski as head coach of men's soccer.
A native of Brunswick and graduate of Brunswick High School, Wiercinski will return to Maine after seven years as head coach at the University of Chicago. His resume also includes assistant coaching jobs at Brown and Bowdoin. He is a 1999 graduate of Middlebury.
"We're excited to bring Coach Wiercinski back to Brunswick to lead our men's soccer program," said Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. "In my conversations with Scott, it was clear that he has an equal passion for working with students within our campus community and on the soccer field. That, combined with his experience as a student in the NESCAC and as a coach in the Ivy League and the UAA, makes him a perfect fit for Bowdoin."
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by Athletic Director Tim Ryan, Dean Tim Foster and the entire search committee," said Wiercinski. "To work at such a fantastic institution with incredibly accomplished coaches and staff while coaching talented and multi-faceted students in the town that I call home is ideal. I look forward to developing relationships with the Bowdoin College community and incorporating the men's soccer program into the greater Brunswick community. The opportunity to return to Brunswick with my wife Alice to raise our son Oliver is a dream come true."
Wiercinski wrapped up his seventh season as head men's soccer coach at University of Chicago in 2012. The Maroons posted an 8-4-5 overall record in 2012, bringing Wiercinski's career record to 58-47-20. In 2009, Wiercinski guided the Maroons to the University Athletic Association championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Chicago, Wiercinski spent five years as an assistant coach at Brown University from 2001-05. During that time, Brown compiled a 41-31-13 overall record, collected three Ivy League championships, and earned two NCAA Division I postseason berths.
Wiercinski broke into coaching in 2000 with Bowdoin, where he helped former head coach Brian Ainscough lead the Polar Bears to a 14-2-2 record. A as a student at Middlebury College, Wiercinski was a four-year letter winner and two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference goalkeeper for the Panthers. He helped lead Middlebury to a 48-10-3 overall record and four NCAA Division III tournament appearances from 1995-98.
In Wiercinski's 15 years on the sidelines and on the field, his teams have compiled a record of 144-75-35 with nine NCAA tournament appearances.
He will take over a Bowdoin team that has been one of the finest in New England over the last decade. The Polar Bears have averaged 11 wins per season since 2000, have qualified for the postseason in 11 of the last 12 years and made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the team's first-ever NCAA "Final Four" berth in 2010.
Former head coach Fran O'Leary stepped down in January to become Director of Player Recruitment for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.