Echeverry steps down as men’s soccer head coach

Gerson Echeverry has spent a significant part of his life at Seton Hall, devoting 15 years as a player, assistant coach and for the most recent six years, as head coach. But the latter of those stints came to end on Monday morning, with the announcement that Echeverry has stepped down from the position he held since Dec. 19, 2011, to pursue other opportunities.

“I want to thank Pat Lyons and Seton Hall University for giving me the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Echeverry said in a press release. “It has been a great privilege to coach at the place that helped me grow from a boy into a man.

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“While this is a difficult moment in leaving a program I care so much about, I look forward to the next step in my career, and I will continue to follow and hope all the best for Seton Hall men’s soccer, which is rich in tradition.”

Echeverry had just guided the Pirates to their second best season in his tenure, and best since 2013, with the team recording six wins overall this season, three of which came in-conference. The Pirates came just an extra-time road loss short of playing postseason soccer this week. Now, instead, the search begins for the program’s next successor at head coach.

“We now look forward to identifying our next head coach, who will be charged with building Seton Hall men’s soccer into an annual Big East championship contender,” Seton Hall athletic director Pat Lyons said in a press release.

The program honored 11 players on Senior Day on Nov. 1, including leading goal-scorer Andres Arcila, along with defender and captain Lukas Pangonis. The main job of whoever assumes the head coaching position next will be to continue the upward trajectory the team started these last two seasons, contending with the imminent departure of so much experience this spring.

James Justice can be reached at james.justice@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @JamesJusticeIII.