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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 10, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine - Mark Serdjenian, a 1973 Colby College graduate and the head coach of the men’s soccer program for the past 31 years, moves to a full-time head coaching position with the Mules’ men’s soccer team beginning with the 2007-08 academic year.
Serdjenian has been the men’s soccer coach on a part-time basis while working in the Colby Dean of Students office as the Associate Dean of Students for Academics and Director of Advising.
Serdjenian’s other duties in the Colby Department of Athletics will be as a second assistant coach for the Colby men’s lacrosse team and an academic liaison for Colby student-athletes.
“I’ve found my time as academic dean to be tremendously rewarding, and working with students wonderful,” Serdjenian said. “The demands of coaching in NESCAC are now such that more time needs to be devoted to that area, so this move comes as a big plus for the men’s soccer program.”
Serdjenian heads into his 32nd year of coaching with a 221-178-37 career record, including a 6-5-3 mark last season. He was the New England Coach of the Year after the Mules completed the 1990 regular season with an unbeaten record. Serdjenian also earned Maine Coach of the Year honors in 1990 and 1993.
A goalkeeper during his playing days at Colby, Serdjenian was a co-captain of the Mules during his senior season. He was an All-Maine goalkeeper in his final three years at Colby.
Serdjenian is a United States Soccer Federation licensed coach and holds the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma.
The men’s soccer program has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the past six years, the longest streak by any men’s soccer team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Soccer is popular in the Serdjenian family. Kerry, Mark’s son, will begin his third season as an assistant coach at Colby this fall. Kerry was an all-state player at Waterville High School and then played two years of soccer at Brandeis University before transferring to Arizona State. Mark’s daughters, Christine and Tracy, were both high school All-Americans at Waterville High School. Christine went on to play four years at Brown University and was a captain her senior year. Tracy had a four-year career at Vassar and also was a captain.