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2017 ODP COACHING STAFF

 

2003/2004 Girls

LaurenBernard

Lauren Bernard

The 2016 season marks Lauren Bernard's first season as an assistant coach at Vermont.

Bernard joined the UVM staff after a four-year starter at Boston College. A defender/midfielder for the Eagles she started every game she played (81) and finished her career with 29 points on six goals and 17 assists.
 
She ranked third on the team in scoring as a sophomore and junior and helped BC reach the NCAA Tournament three times, including an Elite Eight appearance in her sophomore season. Bernard was named the Boston College Rookie of the Year in 2012.
 
A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Vermont, she was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Colchester High School and a member of the U.S. U14 and U18 Youth National Teams. She was also a member of the ODP Region I Team from 2005-2012.

2002 Girls

BradKeller

Brad Keller

The 2016 season marks Brad Keller's first as an assistant coach at Vermont.

Keller came to Vermont after one season as a member of the women's soccer coaching staff at the University of New Mexico.
 
Keller has a rich soccer background. He served as the girl's head coach at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona from 2013-15 and was head coach of multiple teams for the Sereno Soccer Club from 2012-15.
 
A native of Scottsdale, Keller played one year of professional soccer for his hometown Phoenix FC Wolves of the United Soccer League in 2013 and also competed for the Centro de Alto Rendimiento Futbol Club in Cancun, Mexico.
 
Keller played collegiately at the University of Washington from 2007-10. He appeared in 64 games, in the Huskies' backfield. He earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors in 2008 and 2009 and was a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection in 2009 and 2010.

2000/2001 Girls

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Hector Tamayo
 

Hector Tamayo returns for his 11th year as a coach for the Vermont ODP program. A regionally certified coach through the USSF, Tamayo has coached 9 years for the Nordic Soccer Club and is currently Assistant Coach of the St. Michaels College Men’s Varsity Soccer Team.

 

Originally from Mexico City, Tamayo played at Saint Mary's University in San Antonio, helping the Rattlers go 10-2-3 in 1982 while winning the NAIA District 4 championship. He earned his associate's degree from Champlain College in 1985 and his bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in 2003. Tamayo, who earned his master's degree in educational technology from American College of Education in early 2012, works as a technology integration teacher in the Essex Junction School District.

 

2004 Boys

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Craig Stone
 
Coming soon
 

2003 Boys

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Mark Benson
 
Coming soon
 
 

2002 Boys

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Brad Cole
 

Brad Cole grew up in Vermont. As a youth player he played ODP and for Far Post Soccer Club. He went to South Burlington High School where he was a team captain and All New-England selection. 

He continued playing at the University of Vermont in his preferred position, right back. Going into his senior season Brad was named as captain for UVM and was presented the Russell O. Sunderland award by the UVM Athletic Department at the end of the academic year. This award goes to a person in the athletic department who overcomes obstacles while maintaining excellence in academies and athletics.

During the 2015-2016 season Brad worked as a Graduate Assistant for the University of Vermont Men's team who went on to win the America East Championship and participate in the NCAA Tournament. 

During the Fall of 2016 Cole spent 6 months in England coaching for the Crewe Alexandra FC Academy. Crewe is a professional team playing in England's League 2. Cole also played in the Welsh 2nd Division for Buckley Town FC. 

Cole works for Far Post Soccer Club coaching the 99/00 Boys and the 03 Boys. During the 2015 season he was honored by the VSA as the Boys Competitive Coach of the Year for his work at Far Post. 

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John O'Connor
 
John O'Connor enters his fourth season at the helm of the Spartans following an impressive 2015 campaign.
 

Over his first three seasons the team has gone 36-19-3 including the 2013 North Atlantic Conference regular season championship and a share of the 2015 NAC Title. O'Connor picked up his 200th career win in the Spartans' victory over Western New England in the 2015 ECAC Division III Tournament Quarterfinal and holds a career record of 200-152-42 in 21 years as a collegiate head coach. 

This past fall, O'Connor led the squad to one of its best seasons in program history, as the Spartans posted a 15-5-2 record and finished tied for first place in the North Atlantic Conference with an 8-1 mark. The Spartans also reached the North Atlantic Conference Championship game and ECAC Division III Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2011. Senior Amir Pasic, who was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, was one of five Castleton players to earn NAC All-Conference honors, while O'Connor was named the NAC Coach of the Year for the second time in the three years after the squad won 15 games for just the second time in program history. Forward Jake Tietgens also earned NSCAA All-Region honors, the second player in the last three seasons to earn that honor.

In 2014, the Spartans went 8-10-1 and 5-3-1 in conference play, highlighted by the program's first victory over in-state rival Middlebury. O'Connor had a pair of players earn all-conference honors in Spencer Dandurand and Alex McCormick.

O'Connor's 2013 squad posted a 8-1-1 conference record to earn the regular season championship and top seed in the North Atlantic Conference Tournament before falling to eventual NAC Champion Thomas. Senior Nate Koenemann was named the Defensive Player of the Year and became the program's first NSCAA All-Region selection since 2010, when he was voted to the first team. Overall, O'Connor had five players earn NAC All-Conference honors and was himself named the NAC Coach of the Year as the team finished 13-4-2 overall.

Prior to Castleton, O'Connor served as the head coach for the University of Rhode Island from 2006-2012. During his tenure with the Rams he won an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and reached the tournament semifinals on two other occasions. Five of his former players went on to play professional soccer, and three of which played in Major League Soccer, including Geoff Cameron, who is currently a member of the U.S. Men's National Team and Stoke City of the English Premier League. 

In addition to his work at the Division I level, O'Connor also served as the head coach at Division III University of Chicago from 1995-2006. In just his second season the team reached the national semifinal and he was named the NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. He reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2001 and 2005 when his teams were ranked in the top-15 nationally. While at Chicago he also served as an associate professor in the department of Physical Education. 

The 21-year collegiate head coach earned a USSF "A" License and holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is active in coaching education through the NSCAA, works with the Vermont Olympic Development Program and is the Technical Director for Summit Football Club.

 

 

 

 
 
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