EAST STROUDSBURG – Rob Berkowitz, the head women’s soccer coach at East Stroudsburg for the past four seasons, will add men’s soccer duties to his responsibilities for the 2011 season.
Berkowitz has guided the women’s soccer program to three PSAC Tournament and one NCAA tournament appearance and will also take over the men’s program after ESU Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sheska announced his retirement in May. Sheska led the Warriors to 424 wins, 15 PSAC championships and 16 NCAA tournament appearances in his 29 seasons and also won a PSAC women’s soccer championship in 1994 after starting the program in 1992.
Berkowitz has a 43-29-8 record for a .588 winning percentage in his first four seasons at ESU, which includes a pair of 12-win seasons and PSAC semifinal trips in his first two years and the first NCAA tournament win in school history in his second season in 2008.
He was the PSAC East Coach of the Year in 2007 after taking a team that went 3-9 in the conference the previous season to an 8-3-1 mark (12-7-1 overall) and the No. 2 seed in the PSAC East. The Warriors advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 win against Bloomsburg, then beat the Huskies 2-1 in 2008 for a second consecutive berth in the semifinals. ESU went to penalty kicks with IUP in the semifinals, and capped the season (12-6-4) with a 4-0 win against West Virginia Wesleyan in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In 2009, the Warriors went 11-7-2, made their third consecutive PSAC Tournament appearance and had four All-Region selections. The squad was 8-9-1 in an injury-tested 2010 season, with two of the Warriors’ top players missing the entire season and a third missing six games, but was still in contention for a postseason bid in the final week of the season.
ESU has had eight players earn All-Region honors in Berkowitz’s first four seasons and 11 players have made all-conference teams, including back Brittany Staub, the 2007 PSAC East Player of the Year.
Berkowitz, a 1997 graduate of LIU-Southampton and a three-year starter at goalkeeper on nationally-ranked teams, came to ESU after seven seasons as an assistant women’s coach at Division I Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. He was also the goalkeepers coach for the men’s team and was an assistant men’s coach for three years at Division III Averett University in Virginia, along with extensive club experience.