Adelphi MSOC Coaches Net Top Regional Honors

Gary Book, Adelphi
Gary Book. Photo: Hofstra Univ. via Adelphi.

In Gary Book’s first season at the helm of Adelphi’s men’s soccer team, the Panthers made a trip to the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals for the second straight season.

Finishing with a 17-4-2 record, Book and his staff were named the East Region Coaching Staff of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. His assistant coaches include Phil Bannister, Brian Morgan, Alex Varkatzas and Matt Giaconelli.

The Panthers finished the Northeast-10 Conference season tied for first with LeMoyne. They went on to win the conference championship 2-0 over Merrimack College and defeated LIU Post 2-0 to win the East Region title in the NCAA Division II Men’s Tournament.

This season the Panthers ranked fifth in the nation in winning percentage, ranked seventh in total goals, ninth in total assists and total points and 13th in scoring offense.

When joining Adelphi ahead of the 2018 season, Book filled the spot vacated by Carlo Acquista. He joined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer as an assistant scout.

Before taking the top spot with Adelphi’s men’s team, he spent the past 13 seasons at Hofstra serving as an assistant and associate head coach for the men’s soccer team. Prior to his tenure on Hempstead Turnpike, Book was an assistant coach with St. John’s from 1992-2004.

Each of the 24 coaching staffs receiving Regional Staff of the Year honors will be recognized at the College Coaches Awards Reception on January 10, 2019, at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago.

The Regional Staff of the Year recipients will also be placed on the United Soccer Coaches ballot for National Staff of the Year consideration within their respective NCAA division. The ballot will also include the addition of coaching staffs from any schools that advance to the semifinals of their NCAA Championship.

United Soccer Coaches will announce the men’s and women’s National Staff of the Year for all NCAA divisions on Friday, Dec. 14.