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Darek Panol is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team.
He has coached 13 all-conference performers, including the 2010 and 2011 AMCC Player of the Year and the 2008 Newcomer of the Year.
The Panthers underwent a youth movement in 2012, replacing a talented senior class that graduated the year before. Junior goalkeeper Adam Forster was named all-AMCC and ranked among the top netminders in the country in saves per game (9.12).
Panol directed the Panthers to a 7-9-2 overall record in 2011, and the program's third-ever appearance in the AMCC tournament semifinals and the first since 1998. The seven wins were tied for the third-most in school history (2001 and 2006). The Panthers finished third in the conference with a record of 6-2-1, the program's highest finish ever, and hosted a postseason tournament match for the first time in program history. A total of five players were named to the all-conference team and Panol was honored as the AMCC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
In 2010, Panol led the Panthers to a 6-9-2 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the AMCC with a mark of 4-4-1 while advancing to the conference postseason tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Pitt-Bradford, Panol spent six years as a coach at Utica College from 2000-06, including the last four as head coach. He helped transform a struggling NCAA Division III program into respectable contender in the Empire 8 Conference.
Panol has numerous coaching experiences working with local and premier teams in the New York State area. He has worked in various soccer clinics and camps across the United States, including Syracuse University, the Big Kick Soccer Camp/Tim Howard Academy and the Hamilton All-American Soccer Camp.
Panol excelled at Syracuse University as a four-year starter at forward and midfielder. He led the Orangemen in goals, assists and points his senior season while earning Big East second-team honors and being named to the conference’s Academic All-Star team. During his collegiate career, Panol was tabbed the Big East Offensive Player of the Week four times and was named to the American Soccer Monthly Magazine Team of the Month.
As a player, Panol also participated in the Empire State games, earning bronze and silver medels. In addition, he played for Syracuse Salt City FC (1986-90), Syracuse Blitz FC (1990-96) and the Wisla Garfield FC in (1997-99). In the late 90’s, Wisla was considered one of the elite amateur clubs in the Eastern United States. While playing with Wisla, Panol won two New Jersey Champions League II titles. The club also had some success in the early rounds of the US Open Cup.
Panol recently earned his National “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation.
He currently resides in Bradford, Pa., with his wife Oxana and their three children.