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Keith Byrnes Named Head Men's Soccer Coach
05/13/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State University has named Keith Byrnes its new head men's soccer coach, Bobcat Athletic Director Ralph Brewer announced recently. Byrnes replaces Jay Hegeman, who resigned this spring after guiding the Bobcats to a 191-103-15 record in 16 seasons.

"We are very pleased to have Keith join our staff," Brewer said. "He has a proven track record which includes appearances in the NCAA and ECAC Tournaments. It is a credit to the program built by outstanding previous coaches that Keith would consider Frostburg State a step up from other Division III schools."

Byrnes comes to Frostburg after enjoying a highly successful two-year stint as the part-time head coach at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H. He led the Panthers to a 29-11 overall record and a pair of post-season appearances.

In his first season, Byrnes led PSC to the Little East Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Panthers advanced to the second round and finished with a 15-5-0 overall record.

Byrnes then guided PSC to a 14-6-0 overall record in 2001, finishing as the runner-up in the LEC and winning the ECAC New England Tournament Championship.

Plymouth State earned strong regional and national rankings under Byrnes, and the Panthers had the Little East Conference Player of the Year in both 2000 and 2001.

A 1995 graduate of Plattsburgh State (NY), where he played four years for the Cardinals, Byrnes was an assistant coach at his alma mater for one season before serving as an assistant coach at Norwich University for two years. He helped Norwich win a school-record 17 games in 1999, capture the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Byrnes’ career as a player included three NCAA Tournament appearances and two State University of New York Athletic Conference championships. He was also a SUNYAC All-Academic Team selection all four years.

"I am very excited to be a part of a program with such a strong tradition and history," said Byrnes. "I look forward to the challenge of continuing the team's success while creating some new history of our own."

Byrnes inherits a program that has won the last five Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season championships and three of the last four AMCC Tournament titles.

FSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament two years ago, and, last year, the Bobcats made their 10th ECAC appearance in the last 15 seasons.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu