Darek Panol is in his eighth 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 Allegheny Mountain
Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and the 2008 Newcomer of the Year.
In 2013, the Panthers were just one year removed
from replacing a senior-loaded class in 2011. Panol’s guidance over senior
goalkeeper Adam Forster had him ranked at the top of the AMCC in saves with
175. Forster ranked fourth nationally in saves per game with 9.67. His .824
save percentage placed him first as well in the AMCC and 60th
The senior was the lone Panther on the all-AMCC
list at the conclusion of the season with his second team accolade.
Freshman midfielder Alessandro Ortiz burst onto
the scene with his talented ball skills and on Sept. 4, he was named the AMCC
Offensive Player of the Week after scoring the overtime goal to lift the men to
a 1-0 victory over Alfred.
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
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