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Serafini leads Knights to national title

Boys Soccer Coach of the Year

Boys Soccer Coach of the Year

December 11, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Perhaps Grace Academy boys soccer coach Andrew Serafini was simply being humble. Or perhaps he was only being honest.

When the list of accomplishments were read aloud to him -- the 25-2-1 record, Mason Dixon Christian Conference regular-season and tournament titles (going a combined 17-0), and the National Association of Christian Athletes Division II national championship, won with a 4-0-1 record and an 18-3 scoring margin -- Serafini deflected the credit elsewhere.

"(The players) just put it all together. It's hard for me to take credit for being a great coach when you have 13 seniors and seven kids who play club year-round," Serafini said. "You better do good with that talent."

Grace Academy did better than good -- and because of that, whether he thinks he deserves it or not, Serafini is The Herald-Mail's 2009 Washington County Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

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"I feel very blessed. I'm involved in a lot of things in my life, but this is a great ministry for me and it's one area I feel I make an impact," Serafini said. "Being with these guys is a true blessing for me."

Serafini got a glimpse of how good his team could be in the preseason.

"We won the Shenandoah (Valley Christian) Tournament, which we'd never done, and that gave me an idea of what we could do," Serafini said. "When they faced adversity, they stepped up."

In addition to their accomplishments within the MDCC and the NACA Division II tournament, the Knights defeated Martinsburg 3-1 during the regular season. Martinsburg went on to reach the West Virginia Class AAA state semifinals.

"It was amazing to see all the talent and all the pieces come together," Serafini said.

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