Montclair , NJ (9/24/08) – Montclair State head men’s soccer coach Brian Sentowski reached a career milestone on Wednesday collecting win No. 100 as his fifth-ranked Red Hawks blanked Rutgers-Newark, 3-0 on Wednesday evening.
Sentowski, now in his seventh season at MSU, becomes the second men’s soccer coach and the 26 th coach in athletic history to record 100 career victories as he raised his record to 100-25-12. Sentowski trails only current assistant coach and Associate Director of Athletics Rob Chesney for victories in the program. Chesney compiled 128 from 1991 through the 2002 campaign.
Sentowski entered the season needing just nine and got them quickly as his Montclair State team is off to a 9-0 start for the second time in three years. Over the last two-plus seasons, Sentowski has put Montclair State on the national map. Currently ranked fifth by the NSCAA, MSU has gone 48-4-2 in its last 54 games with 32 coming via shutouts.
Two years ago, Sentowski led Montclair State to one of its greatest seasons in program history as the Red Hawks posted a 20-1-1 mark and captured the NJAC Championship for the first time as Montclair edged New Jersey City in double overtime 2-1 for its first league crown since 1989. The win capped an amazing conference season for Montclair State as the Red Hawks became the first team since Rowan in 1999 to unbeaten during the regular season (9-0-0) and conference tournament. MSU would also earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time nine years reaching the Sectional Semifinals before falling to Dominican College (IL) in penalty kicks. Sentowski was named the NJAC Coach of the Year and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Metro Region Coach of the Year. Montclair finished ranked in the Top 10 by NSCAA.
Last year, MSU became the first team since Richard Stockton in 2001 and 2002 to repeat as champions as again the Red Hawks topped New Jersey City, this time by a 1-0 count. MSU would make back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1991-92 and went a step further reaching the Elite 8 before bowing to perennial powerhouse Messiah College, 1-0 to cap a 19-3-1 campaign.
Sentowski was named the 12th head coach in Red Hawks history prior to the 2002 season and in his first campaign led MSU to a 12-7-2 mark, which included three losses by a goal while narrowly missing out on the NJAC Tournament.
Returning to the postseason in the ECAC Metro Championship, seventh-seeded Montclair State knocked off the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, reaching the championship game before bowing in double-overtime, 1-0 to top-seeded Stevens. The following season, the Red Hawks posted their best campaign in five years as it finished 16-3-4 in 2003, the most victories in a season since 1991, and came within a game of finishing first in the NJAC. Ranked among the top teams in the region throughout the year, Sentowski’s team was also ranked in the Top 20 nationally for 10 of 12 weeks, reaching as high as No. 6 in the country. His squad punctuated an outstanding season by capturing the ECAC Metro Championship.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Sentowski was a four-year letterwinner for the Scarlet Knights and was a member of RU’s national runner-up team in 1990. He went on to serve as the team’s captain and was a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference member from 1990-1993. Sentowski capped off his senior season in 1993 by being named a Regional All-American, and left as Rutgers’ all-time assist leader - a record that stands today.
A former first-round pick of the Cleveland Crunch of the NPSL, Sentowski went on to play professionally for five years, four with the New Jersey Dragons of the USISL (1994-97) and one season with the Lehigh Valley Stream of the A-League (1999). In addition, Sentowski currently serves as Director of Coaching with the Parsippany Soccer Club - as well as the head coach.
Sentowski has also worked closely for several years with the New Jersey Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the PDA Soccer Club. He also spent three years as an assistant coach at Livingston High School where he helped the Lancers to a berth in the North Jersey Group IV finals in 1995.Originally from Hauppauge, NY, Sentowski was a former scholastic standout as well, earning New York State Player of the Year honors in 1990 while at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip. He was a two-time Parade All-American, Umbro All-American and Gatorade All-American throughout his playing days and also spent several years with the United States “Under 20” National Team.