Roger Brown's NH College Notebook: New coach has big shoes to fill
JONATHAN GARBAR isn't facing a rebuilding job. He'll be expected to win, and win a lot.
Garbar was introduced as Franklin Pierce University's women's soccer coach earlier this week. Garbar replaces Jeff Bailey, who resigned following the 2016 season after 21 years as Franklin Pierce's head coach. Under Bailey, the Ravens won three Division II national titles, 11 conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament 15 times.
Garbar has spent the last five seasons building an impressive coaching resume at Monroe College, a junior college in New Rochelle, N.Y. Monroe posted a 72-8-3 record during Garbar's tenure. The Mustangs won the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in 2014.
"I feel tremendously honored and privileged to have been granted the opportunity to lead the storied Ravens women's soccer program," Garbar said. "It is rare to find an institution and its leaders as committed to the academic, athletic and social development of its student-athletes, as Franklin Pierce University."
During his five years at Monroe, Garbar coached 25 players who earned athletic scholarships at the NCAA level. He spent three years as an assistant for Monroe's men's soccer team before taking over as head coach of the women's program.
"I am pleased and excited to welcome coach Garbar to the Franklin Pierce University athletic department and our family here in Rindge," Franklin Pierce athletic director Bruce Kirsh said. "His success, both on and off the field, at Monroe speaks for itself, and his passion for the sport is undeniable. I look forward to seeing where his drive and work ethic can lead our women's soccer program."
Garbar, who graduated from the University of Delaware in 2002, will begin his duties at Franklin Pierce on Feb. 1.
"I'm humbled to become a part of this tradition at Franklin Pierce," Garbar said. "I am committed to driving it to the next level, as well as promoting the standard of one of the most competitive conferences in the nation, the NE-10."
The New York City Football Club selected the University of New Hampshire midfielder Chris Wingate in the third round of the Major League Soccer Superdraft on Tuesday. Wingate is the first UNH player to be taken in the draft.
Wingate, who graduated in December, was picked 54th overall after being invited to compete at the MLS Combine. He started in 18 of 19 games last season and collected four goals and eight assists. Wingate resides in Hovik, Norway.
Meg Knollmeyer, a freshman at the New York Institute of Technology, was named the East Coast Conference rookie of the week for each of the first two weeks in January. Knollmeyer, who played at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, is a 6-foot forward who entered Saturday's game at Queens (N.Y.) averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game in 17 contests.
Franklin's Dana Bean, a freshman at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, has been named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's basketball rookie of the week for each of the last two weeks.
Through 14 games, Bean, a 6-foot-8 center, is second on the team in scoring (12.4 points per game) and leads the Chargers on rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game). He was shooting 59.5 percent from the field. Bean was a 1,000-point scorer at Franklin High School.
Chris Zuccaro, a junior on the Plymouth State University men's hockey team, entered Saturday's game at Fitchburg State as the team's leading scorer among defenseman. Zuccaro, a Hudson resident, had five goals and seven assists in 14 games.
Roger Brown compiles the college notebook for the New Hampshire Sunday News. He can be reached at email@example.com.