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La Salle Athletics Congratulates Coach Pat Farrell on 200th Win

PHILADELPHIA - La Salle Athletics would like to congratulate men's soccer head coach Pat Farrell, who guided the Explorers to his 200th career win on Friday night against George Washington. The Explorers gave Farrell his 200th victory in style, cruising past the Colonials 4-0 in the highest offensive output of the season.

"I'd like to thank La Salle University, the administration at La Salle and the Athletic Department, Support Services, Academic Support, Athletic Training, the strength and conditioning coaches, the equipment coordinators and facilities operations for all their help and support over the years," Farrell said.

"I'd also like to recognize the coaches I've worked with and thank them for their support - Jim Coleman, Bob Wilkinson, Cesidio Colasante, Stash Graham, Kevin Coleman, Brian Blesiand Andrew Bernhard. And finally, I'd like to thank the players for giving their time and effort for helping me reach this milestone."

Pat Farrell has been an integral part of the La Salle men's soccer program for over 40 years as a player, assistant coach, and head coach," Athletic Director Dr. Thomas Brennan said. "He has mentored and influenced the lives of many student-athletes. I join members of the La Salle men's soccer community in thanking Pat for the contributions that he has made over many years and congratulate him on achieving his milestone 200th win."

Farrell became La Salle's winningest coach in Sept. 2004. Farrell has headed the Explorers since 1987 and is in his 26th season.

Farrell has guided four All-Americans and 19 Regional All-Americans. His first All-American came in 1990, when Georg Montag earned NSCAA Second Team All-America honors. A few years later, La Salle's all-time leading scorer Cesidio Colasante earned All-America honors in 1997. Stash Graham earned the honor from College Soccer News in 2002, followed by Kevin Coleman snagging NSCAA All-America honors in 2004.

Farrell's squads have picked up 34 All-Conference awards as well between the MAAC, MCC and Atlantic 10. A total of 13 players have earned "Of the Year" awards between the three conferences and the Philadelphia Soccer Seven, most recently when Ryan Richter was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year in 2010.

Farrell has been named Coach of the Year three times, including MCC honors in 1994 and Atlantic 10 honors in both 1996 and 2010.

His squads have been extremely strong academically as well, as Farrell has overseen 33 Academic All-Region honorees including five Academic All-America awards. Colasante earned the All-America distinction in both 1996 and 1997. Nick Dundon was twice named CoSIDA Academic All-America, in both 2010 and 2011. Richter added an Academic All-America to his resume as well in 2010.

Under Farrell's guidance, La Salle made it to the A-10 finals in 2010 and 1997 and reached the semifinals in 2011, 2004 and 1996. In his first season at the helm, La Salle finished first during the 1987 regular season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and qualified for the league championship game in 1988, 1989 and 1991. In La Salle's first year in the MCC in 1992, the Explorers played in the conference's championship game.

His current squad is off to a blistering 8-3-2 start, which included the best start since his 1996 squad went 9-1-1 through the first 11 games.

Farrell has been at La Salle since 1971, when he played for the Explorers from 1971-74. He was an assistant under Bill Wilkinson from 1976 to 1986, when he assumed the head coaching responsibilities.

Once again, congratulations to Head Coach Pat Farrell on reaching the 200-win milestone.



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