Chris Waterbury notches 400 wins at Plattsburgh State
|Plattsburgh State Head Coach Chris Waterbury|
Success has been a staple of Head Coach Chris Waterbury’s 28-year career at Plattsburgh State and Wednesday afternoon proved to be no different as the Plattsburgh State men’s soccer team defeated the Norwich Cadets, 2-0, in a non-conference game at Howard Field.
Freshman midfielder Fabian Chaparro broke a scoreless draw in the 53rd minute when he knocked home a crossing pass from Matt Martin to give Plattsburgh a 1-0 lead from which the Cardinals would never look back.
Chaparro wasted little time adding an insurance tally as he took another cross pass in the middle of the penalty area, this time coming from Nick Parrella on the left side of the field and then promptly beat Hallstrom again to the left corner of the net. Plattsburgh (3-0-0, 0-0-0 SUNYAC) dominated the first half possession and shot total. The Cardinals sent 18 shots at the Norwich (2-1-0, 0-0-0 GNAC) net, but only three found their way on goal.
The 2012 season marks Waterbury’s 28th year at the helm for the Cardinals. He has compiled a 400-134-57 record and led Plattsburgh State to 24 straight winning seasons, nine NCAA tournament appearances, 12 State University of New York Athletic Conference championships and two Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. Waterbury entered the season 11th in victories among active Division III men’s coaches and 14th all-time. Over the last 10 years, the Cardinals' 157-38-16 record is the best in the state of New York among all four-year colleges.
Waterbury's win/loss total and .737 winning percentage makes him the winningest SUNYAC coach in the program's storied history. A six-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year (1990-92-98-99-2003-05), Waterbury has also coached at Lyndon State (1983-84) and New England College (1982). He has coached scores of all-conference and all-region selections as well as 11 players who have earned All-America accolades 14 times, including Jason Sousa who is the program's only three-time All-American.
Waterbury Milestone Victories at Plattsburgh State
No. 1: 3rd game at Castleton St. (2-1),
No. 100: 17th game at Johnson St. (1-0), 1993
No. 200: at SUNYIT (11-0), Sep. 16, 2000
No. 300: vs. New Paltz (5-0), Oct. 7, 2006
1st SUNYAC Championship: 1992 (9-0-1 league)
1st SUNYAC Tournament: 4-2 vs. Geneseo, 11/6/98
1st NCAA Tournament: 2-0 vs. Albany, Nov. 1994
Active in the community and college, Waterbury has organized community-service projects for the team, directed soccer camps and served as an assistant director of athletics at Plattsburgh. A 1981 undergraduate of SUNY Cortland with a bachelor's degree in physical education and emphasis in coaching, Waterbury earned a master's degree in education from SUNY Albany in 1985. He holds both the Premier and Advanced National Coaching Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), of which he is a member of that organization.
Waterbury is married to the former Karen Wiley of Binghamton, NY, who is the women's soccer coach at Plattsburgh State. The couple has two children, daughter Bailey and son Ryan.