Seabrook named head men's soccer coach at Colby
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WATERVILLE, Maine --- After 10 years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, Ewan Seabrook was named the new head coach of the Colby College men's soccer program Wednesday.
Seabrook, a native of Lewes, England, will be Colby's first new men's soccer coach in nearly 40 years. He spent six seasons at the University of New Hampshire as associate head coach and four years as assistant coach at Hartwick.
"Ewan distinguished himself from an extremely strong group of applicants as the right person to lead our program," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's athletic director. "I am confident that he will build and grow our men's soccer program on multiple levels and I know the young men in our program will thrive under his guidance. I am excited about this new chapter in the long and proud history of Colby men's soccer."
Before his coaching career, Seabrook played Division I soccer at Iona and Oneonta State. He was selected to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team while playing with Iona. Seabrook graduated with honors from Oneonta State in 2002 and earned academic all-conference team honors. Seabrook earned his master's degree from University of New Hampshire in 2011.
Seabrook now starts his first job as a head coach. He is only the seventh head men's soccer coach since the program was started in 1959.
"This really is a dream come true for me," Seabrook said. "I'm really grateful to Marcella and the search committee for this opportunity. I'm excited to join such an outstanding department and I want to bring a culture of success to every aspect of the soccer program."
Seabrook takes over the program from Mark Serdjenian, a 1973 Colby graduate who led the Mules to a 261-230-46 record over the last 38 years. Serdjenian is still with Colby, working as an assistant with women's soccer, women's lacrosse, and doing administrative work.
"It's an absolute honor to succeed Mark. He is Colby soccer," Seabook said. "I've heard so many great things about him from the search committee and other coaches. He has a wealth of knowledge and will be invaluable to me as I learn more about the team and the campus."
Seabrook comes to Colby after working with two good head coaches. Rob Thompson is in his 18th year at New Hampshire, while Ian McIntyre is now the head coach at Syracuse University after a successful stint at Hartwick. Seabrook also worked with Thompson on the Seacoast United Under-18 Soccer Club.
"I've been very lucky to have had two head coaches in Rob and Ian that have given me real latitude in being part of all aspects of running a college soccer program," Seabrook said.
"I know that doesn't exist everywhere."
Seabrook helped Hartwick win the Atlantic Soccer Conference in 2005 and earn the program's first NCAA bid since 1995. During his tenure at UNH, the Wildcats were the 2009 America East regular season champions and made the America East title game in 2010 and 2012. A defender in college, Seabrook has worked with the defense, forwards, and goalies during his time as an assistant.
Off the field, Seabrook was involved on the UNH campus. He acted as an ambassador for the UNH White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women, coordinated student-athletes to appear in an anti-homophobia video for the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and co-created and delivered a Bystander Education curriculum to UNH's athletic teams.
"It's terrific that part of the fabric of being at Colby and part of the culture is to collaborate across campus," Seabrook said. "It's a strong part of my coaching conviction that we are privileged in athletics and we need to use that privilege to benefit the campus in ways we can."