Montclair, NJ (1/5/08) – Montclair State head coach Brian Sentowski (right) was named the NCAA Division III Metro Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The second all-time winningest coach in program history, Sentowski is now one of 10 finalists for the National Coach of the Year honors. It is the second time in three years that Sentowski has captured the award as he claimed the award during the 2006 campaign.
Sentowski led the Red Hawks to one of if not the finest season in the history of the program. Montclair recorded a 21-1 mark and was the last unbeaten, untied team in the nation before dropping a tough 1-0 double-overtime loss to eventual national champion Messiah in the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
In addition, Montclair was ranked in the NSCAA Top 20 the entire season and reach a program-best No. 3 ranking prior to the NCAA Tournament. MSU was ranked seventh in the final poll.
Completing his seventh season at the helm of the program, Sentowski has posted an impressive 112-26-12 record, his victory total the second-best all-time. He became the 26th coach in MSU athletic history to record 100 victories and the third soccer coach to do so as Montclair downed Rutgers-Newark on September 24.
Over the last three years, Sentowski has guided the Red Hawks to a sparkling 60-5-2 record (.910 winning percentage). Included in that mark is a 25-2 record in New Jersey Athletic Conference play.
This past year, Montclair became the first team since Rowan in the early 1990s to win three consecutive NJAC championships. MSU went unbeaten in conference play for the second time in three years and captured its ninth league crown with a 1-0 win over Rutgers-Camden in the title game.
The Red Hawks dominted the NJAC All-Conference Team placing five players on the first team, including seniors Owen Amster, Tyler Masterson and Nick Mele, who were chosen as the Defensive, Offensive and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Montclair also placed six players on the NSCAA Metro Region Team with five on the First Team. Amster would be selected as a First-Team All-American by the NSCAA with Mele and Masterson earning Second and Third-Team honors, respectively.
Sentowski took over the program in 2002 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach. In his first two years he took Montclair to the ECAC Championship Game twice, winning the crown in 2003 as Montclair edged Ramapo, 1-0. Three years later, he led Montclair State to its first conference championship in 17 years as MSU edged New Jersey City, 2-1 in double-overtime. The Red Hawks went on to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 where it was eliminated by penalty kicks by Dominican. Last year, MSU repeated as NJAC champions and reached the Elite 8 losing to Messiah, 1-0 to cap off a 19-3-1 campaign.
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.