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Gavin Penny

Gavin Penny begins his fifth season as the Husson head men’s soccer coach and seventh year on the coaching staff in 2020.


OVERVIEW:


Penny enters the season with with a 31-37-6 (.459) overall record with a 21-10-2 (.667) record versus conference opponents.


Penny was named the 21st head coach in program history on March 29, 2016, after spending two seasons (2014-15) serving as an assistant coach to Jeff Gettler, third winningest head coach in program history.


During his time as an assistant at Husson, Penny contributed to a winning tradition that resulted in two winning seasons with a combined 21-14-2 record. During his two-year tenure, the Eagles made two conference championship tournament appearances, a North Atlantic Conference Championship, and a berth to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2014.


PAST SEASONS:


2018: In 2018, Penny saw his Eagles post an 8-9-3 record, including a 5-1-1 mark in NAC play to secure the program’s 24th postseason appearance in the last 26 years. As the third seed in the conference tournament, the Eagles hosted the sixth-seeded UMaine-Farmington in a NAC quarterfinal matchup October 27th. Husson picked up a 2-1 victory over the Beavers before falling to #2 Thomas by the same score in the semifinal round of the conference tournament.


Postseason accolades were plentiful for the Eagles, as Rod Ghanayem was selected as the NAC Senior Scholar Athlete of Year becoming the fourth-consecutive Eagle to win the award since the NAC added the award in 2015 while freshman defender Bryce Hayman earned First Team honors and Ghanayem was joined on the All-NAC Second by senior forward Ian Lee, freshman midfielder Ali Essallamy and senior defender Dylan Bryce. Hayman was also selected to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team.


2017: Under the watch of Penny during his second year, Husson posted an 8-8 overall mark with a 5-4 record in NAC play en route to the fifth seed. The Eagles saw their season come to end with a 1-0 loss to #3 New England College in the NAC Quarterfinals.


Following the regular season, three Husson players garnered All-Conference honors with senior Josh Bellemo earning the program's third straight Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year award, while fellow senior Gage Kennedy collected Second Team acclaim. Senior Saker Ghanayem rounded out the group of All-Conference honorees with a spot on the All-Sportsmanship team.


2016: In his first year at the helm for the Eagles, Coach Penny led the Green and Gold to a 9-7-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in North Atlantic Conference (GNAC) play. As the #4 seed in the conference tourney, the Eagles defeated #5 Maine Maritime Academy, 1-0, in a NAC Quarterfinal on October 29th to advance to the semifinal round for the eighth time in 14 seasons as a member of the conference. The campaign came to a close with a semifinal loss at top-seeded Thomas College, 3-2 in overtime, on November 1st. With the win over the Mariners, Penny became the first head coach in program history to win a postseason game in their first year at the helm since Nick Benoit in 1999 and the third overall joining Benoit and Milan Kesar.


After the season concluded, junior goalkeeper Cody Gross earned First Team All-NAC honors and sophomore forward Miguel Caballero was listed on the Second Team, while senior defender Nic Pare was named the Senior Scholar Athlete and junior forward Josh Bellomo was tabbed for the All-Sportsmanship Team.


PREVIOUSLY:


Prior to his arrival at Husson, Penny was an assistant coach with Nyack College for two seasons.


PERSONAL:


A graduate of Nyack College, Penny was a four-year starter and played a key role in both Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship-winning teams in 2010 and 2012, as well as helping the men’s soccer program earn their first NCAA DII National Championship bid in the school’s history.


Penny is a native of London, England, where he grew up playing at many levels. The highlight of his playing career was playing semi-professionally during his teen years. In 2007, Penny made the move to the US to begin coaching for the New York Red Bulls Training programs. He then moved on to become the head coach for two Super-Y League teams at the Ocean City Barons. His spell as a coach was put on hold following his time there to take the opportunity to play at Nyack College. During his time at Nyack, Penny became a man of God who has been involved in several mission trips & community service projects. In May 2012, Penny graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.


Penny is currently a holder of the NSCAA Premier License & NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diplomas. He also holds an FA Coaching License, as well as a USSF Coaching License.


Penny’s leadership on the field has smoothly transitioned into a coaching role where he hopes to continue learning from his peers and develop his coaching accolades. Penny is also a CPA having most recently worked as a Tax Specialist at Berry Dunn, and an Audit Senior Assistant for Deloitte & Touche.


He and his wife Monique, currently resides in Brewer, Maine with their daugther Althea, and sons Nicolo and Felix.

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