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May 23, 2000

PSC names new Men's Soccer Head Coach

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Plymouth State College has filled out its coaching staff with the hiring of a new head men's soccer coach, according to athletic director Steve Bamford.

The new coach is Keith Byrnes, who served the past two years as assistant coach at Norwich University. He becomes the sixth head coach in the program's 44-year history, and just the third in the last 30 years. Byrnes replaces former coach Shawn Griffin, who resigned last month after eight years to take the head coaching position at Hobart College.

A 1995 graduate of Plattsburgh State (NY), where he played four years for the Cardinals, Byrnes served one season as assistant coach at his alma mater before moving to Norwich for the past two years. Last season the Cadets won a school-record 17 games, captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and advanced to the regional semi-finals in the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory.

"It has been my goal to become a head soccer coach," said Byrnes. "Plymouth State College provides me the opportunity to take over an established program while achieving my personal and professional goals. I am extremely excited about this position."

Byrnes' career as a player included three NCAA Tournament appearances and two State University of New York Athletic Conference championships. He was also a SUNYAC All-Academic Team selection all four years.

"We were impressed with his knowledge of the game, his proven effectiveness as a recruiter, and his energy, enthusiasm and passion," said Bamford. "I know Keith will be a good fit for PSC and will carry on the strong tradition of Panther Soccer success."

Byrnes inherits a Panther squad that has made post-season appearances in six of the last seven seasons - three times to the ECAC Tournament and three times to the NCAA Championships. PSC participated in the ECAC Tourney last season, finishing with a 12-9 overall record. The Panthers have also won or shared the last four Little East Conference titles.

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