Avengers Name New Women's and Men's Soccer Coaches

Avengers Name New Women's and Men's Soccer Coaches

Brooklyn N.Y. - After five years at the helm of the Avengers men's soccer program, Mike Grudge is resigning from his position. Throughout Grudge's five years, he transformed the Avengers to perennial playoff contenders. In his first year as head coach, the Avengers finished with a 12-2-2 record and were ranked as high as 15th in the country during the season. The Avengers continued to improve and made it up to 10th in the nation during the 2013 season. In 2015, Grudge was named Northeast Coach of the Year and Northeast Region XV Coach of the Year. Grudge's teams finished with a (55-28-11) record during his tenure and made two NJCAA national tournament appearances.

 

Moving into the role of head coach for the men's soccer team is Brett Polow, who previously served as head coach for the Avengers' women's soccer team over the past five years. Polow's teams compiled a record of (52-8-2). This is highlighted by an undefeated regular season and finishing as the NJCAA National Runner-Up 2017. Prior to coaching at ASA, Polow was the head coach at Monroe College and led them to the NCJAA DIII National Championship game in 2011. He looks to carry his success to the men's soccer team.  



The Avengers have announced Jonathan Panella as the new head coach of the Avengers women's soccer team. Coach Panella returns to ASA where he was the inaugural head coach for men's soccer from 2008-2009. In his second season, the Avengers reached the 2009 Region XXI Semi-finals. For the last four years Panella has been the head coach of the boy's soccer team at New Providence High School leading his team to a (53-43-2) record over that time.