HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's soccer Assistant Coach Alejandro Rincon was recently named the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) Young Coach of the Year. The award is presented annually to a promising young coach in the state of Connecticut that has shown potential as a soccer coach on numerous levels. Along with his responsibilities with the Bobcats, Rincon also serves as the head coach of the Connecticut Olympic Development Program's (ODP) boy's U-15 team and Academica Futebol (AFC) Club's boy's U-14 and girl's U-11 teams.
"I am honored to receive this award," Rincon said. "I would like to thank Quinnipiac University, head coach Eric Da Costa, Academica FC and Olympic Developmental Program for having given me the opportunities to coach at different levels as well as allowing me to develop my coaching abilities during these past years. I hope to continue growing as a coach so I am able to pass knowledge onto my players to help them reach their fullest potential."
During Rincon's time at Quinnipiac, the Bobcats have posted a 19-9-11 mark and consecutive appearances in the Northeast Conference Tournament for the first time in program history. This past season, Quinnipiac reached the NEC Championship Game for the first time since joining the NEC in the 1998 season.
Rincon has served a motivational leader for both the men's and women's soccer programs at Quinnipiac and has been used by other programs as well for these skills. Rincon completed his masters' degree at Southern Connecticut State University with a concentration in Exercise Science: Sport Psychology. He also received his bachelor's degree from SCSU in 2004; majoring in Spanish with a minor in Athletic Training.
Rincon brings professional experience to the Quinnipiac sidelines, having played for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS) as well as the Connecticut Wolves of the United Soccer League. A native of Colombia, Rincon played on the National Team in 1993 for the U-17 Team. That year, he won the South American Cup and was selected as an all-tournament First Team member and played in the Japan Soccer World Cup. He also won back-to-back Division II National Championships in 1998 and 1999 at SCSU, the first time in school history, and won a Junior College National Championship at Mercer County Community College. In 1999, he was a First-Team All-American and a member of the All-New England First Team. During his senior season, Rincon was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl played in Miami, Fla., before being drafted by the Chicago Fire of the MLS.
"This is a great honor for Alex," Da Costa said. "He is one of the top young coaches in the sport. He works extremely hard and I am pleased that he received this recognition."