Northwestern men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan announced the addition of Justin Serpone to the coaching staff prior to the 2003 season. Serpone, who helped lead the Wildcats to their best-ever record and first NCAA Tournament appearance last season, is in charge of the development of the goalkeepers. He is also the primary scouting coordinator and is heavily involved in individual training, camp development and community and alumni relations.
Serpone recently earned his Premier license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He coached NU goalkeeper Justin Pines to Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Soccer America Team of the Week and Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd honors during the 2004 season. As NU's assistant recruiting coordinator, Serpone signed NU's 2004 class of five student-athletes which included a Freshman All-America selection in David Roth.
In 2003, Serpone co-founded Evanston-based SoccerArgentina, a tour company which takes competitive high school players to Argentina each summer. He has also served as the head club coach for FC Chicago since 2003, overseeing coaching and training for all seven teams in the club, including the U17 squad which has qualified for several national tournaments.
Serpone's first collegiate coaching experience came at Lafayette College, where he spent two seasons before arriving in Evanston (and where Lenahan served as head coach from 1998-2000). At Lafayette, Serpone organized the recruiting efforts and soccer camps, besides training the men's and women's goalkeepers. Serpone has experience at several other levels as well. He was an assistant coach for the HUB Soccer Club in Denville, N.J., for one year and also spent a season with the Boston Lightning Soccer Club in Medford, Mass.
Serpone was a goalkeeper on the Drew University men's soccer team for four seasons from 1997-2001. In his senior season, his squad posted a 15-5-1 record and won the Freedom Conference championship with a 7-0 mark. In 2001, the program earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and claimed its first ever tournament win, defeating Rochester Institute of Technology, 2-0, in the Mid-Atlantic regional.
A native of Winchester, Mass., Serpone graduated from Drew with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and a minor in computer science. Serpone's successes on the playing field were supplemented by that of service activities. He served as president of the Student Government Association for two terms and also founded Students Against Violence Everywhere in 1999, in addition to helping with other service organizations.