The Emerson men’s soccer head coach, Jared Scarpaci, will be stepping down after 11 seasons in the position.
Since 2003, Scarpaci has worked only part-time at Emerson—he is also a tenured high school professor—but the athletic department wants to elevate the head coach to a full-time position. He decided to part ways with the college after this decision.
“[Scarpaci and I] talked about it and decided [him leaving] was in the best interest of his personal life and of the program,” said first-year athletic director Patricia Nicol.
According to Nicol, Scarpaci will continue to assist the program until a full-time coach is found. He could not be reached for immediate comment.
Under Scarpaci’s leadership, the Lions finished with a winning record in six of 11 seasons. Though the team didn’t qualify for the postseason in its first two years in the New England Women and Men’s Athletic Conference, Scarpaci had guided the Lions to playoff berths in its previous nine seasons in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference.
In 2004, his second year at Emerson, the Lions finished 14-6, which is still the best regular season in school history for any sport, according to the athletics website. In 2009, Scarpaci was named GNAC Coach of the Year, and the Lions reached their first and only conference finals.
Scarpaci coached 31 all-conference players, 93 academic all-conference players, and finished with 111 wins overall.
“I was surprised by the news,” said junior Mitch Lapierre, who will be the captain of the Lions next year. “But I think coach Scarpaci knows this is for the best going forward. I definitely had mixed emotions, though; he’s a great guy and a great coach, and we’re going to miss having him around.”
The announcement came just two weeks after Scarpaci was named the College Coach of the Year by the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches’ Association, which recognizes outstanding community service, according to the Emerson Athletics website.
Nicol said a nationwide search will be conducted to find the next head coach. Finding a full-time coach, she said, will help put Emerson on a more level playing field with the rest of the NEWMAC.
“We are going to do our best to find the right fit,” she said, “to take the program to the next level.”