Zach Samol is in his 13th year on the Hilltop and seventh as associate head coach. He has helped build Georgetown men's soccer into a national contender.
The 2017 season marked another impressive year for the Blue & Gray as the Hoyas went 14-4-2 overall and won the BIG EAST Championship for just the second time in program history to earn an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. The squad had one All-American and eight All-BIG EAST honorees, as well as a pair of MLS selections in Christopher Lema and JT Marcinkowski.
Georgetown broke onto the national stage in 2012, which will be remembered as the most successful in program history. The Hoyas went 19-4-3 with a mark of 6-2-0 in the BIG EAST Conference. The squad was the third overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and the 19 wins were the most in program history. The Hoyas were the BIG EAST Blue Division Champions, the BIG EAST Championship runners-up and advanced to the national championship game in penalty kicks in a thrilling game against the University of Maryland after Georgetown began the season unranked.
With all of the success, the coaching staff was not forgotten as Samol was named the United Soccer Coaches Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
In his tenure at Georgetown, Samol has coached 19 players who have signed with an MLS squad, one Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, 10 All-Americans, 29 regional All-Americans, 10 BIG EAST Players of the Year and 44 All-BIG EAST honorees as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. On the academic side, he has had two Academic All-Americans, one Academic All-Region honoree, two BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes and one Elite89 Award winner.
The team has seen unprecedented success with six NCAA Tournament berths in seven years. The squad has also won four BIG EAST regular season championships, two BIG EAST Championships and been ranked among the top 25 in eight seasons including stints at No. 1 in the nation.
Samol joined Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese on the Hilltop when Wiese was hired in 2006. Prior to Georgetown, Samol spent four years at Yale, helping them to an Ivy League Championship in 2005, the first in 14 seasons, as well as an appearance in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, which was the first NCAA Tournament berth since 1999.
He also spent two seasons coaching at Boston College as an assistant from 2000-01. At BC, the Eagles earned a pair of NCAA Tournament berths and won the BIG EAST Championship in 2000. Samol played his collegiate soccer at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1998 and was a 1997 All-Ivy League selection before earning a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Following his graduation, Samol played professionally from 1998-2003 with the Connecticut Wolves (A-League), the Cape Cod Crusaders (D-3 Pro League), the Boston Bulldogs (A-League) and the Western Mass Pioneers (D-3 Pro League), where he concluded his pro career.
He spent two seasons as a head coach with the Potomac U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy and served as the academy director at the McLean U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy Program for two years.
Samol resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Amber and their daughters Juliette (4) and Colette (2).