Ian Hennesy | Men's Head Coach, University of Delaware
Ian Hennessy is currently head coach of the University of Delaware men's soccer team and a former All-American soccer player at Seton Hall who has served as an assistant coach at Boston College the previous four seasons. In just one season, Hennessy made big strides in helping the Blue Hen men's soccer team return to respectability in the Colonial Athletic Association. His 2006 team posted an overall record of 6-8-2, the most wins by a UD team since 2001, and placed ninth in the CAA standings with a mark of 4-7, the program's best CAA finish since joining the league in 2002 and most league wins since 2001.
A native of Cork, Ireland, Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University in 1990 and earned his doctorate in molecular biology from Columbia University in 2001.
He began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Rutgers in 2001, leading the Scarlet Knights to 15-7-3 record, a No. 9 final national ranking, a No. 1 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic region, and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16. He then moved on to Boston College where he has served as an assistant to head coach Ed Kelly for the previous four seasons. While at Boston College, the Eagles have posted a combined record of 42-26-8, won the 2002 Big East title, advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002, and moved on to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004. Boston College spent numerous weeks in the national Top 20 during his tenure and moved as high as No. 6 during the 2002 season. This past fall, the Eagles went 5-9-2 in their first year as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He has also coached the New Jersey Imperials in the Premier Developmental League and was an assistant for the New Jersey Stallions in the United Soccer League. He coached at the Player Development Academy in New Jersey before moving to Boston and has served as the Olympic Development Program head coach for the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts. He currently works as a Region I ODP staff member and also holds a USSF “A” coaching license.
As a player, Hennessy excelled at both the collegiate and professional level. A former Republic of Ireland Youth International, Hennessy was recruited to Seton Hall by then head coach Ed Kelly, and played four seasons in 1986-89, leading the Pirates to three Big East titles. He earned Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in both 1986 and 1987, scoring a goal in every Big East Tournament appearance, and earned a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association All-American team in 1987. He completed his career at Seton Hall as one of the school’s all-time great players and still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in points (No. 2 with 134), goals (No. 2 with 52), and assists (No. 4 with 30). He was inducted into the Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 9, 2006.
He began a 12-year professional playing career with the Boston Bolts of the American Pro Soccer League in 1990-91, played with the United States Indoor Soccer League’s New York Fever (1993-94) and New Jersey Stallions (1995-96), was a member of the Major League Soccer’s New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1996-97, and played for the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League in 1997-98. He also played for the Reading Rage of the United Soccer League.
Jon Scheer | Men's Assistant Coach, University of Delaware
Former University of Delaware standout Jon Scheer has returned to the men’s soccer team, but in a different capacity. This time, instead of working hard as a player, Scheer will now be working hard as a part-time assistant coach under sixth-year head coach Ian Hennessy. “John was a fabulous leader in the dressing room at UD, particularly in his last two years,” said Hennessy of his newest hire. “He is an honest-to-goodness genuine person whom I believe has a very bright future ahead of him in coaching.” Scheer, who graduated from the University in May 2011 with a degree in history education, will serve as Hennessy’s top assistant in 2011.
A three-year starter for the Blue Hens, Scheer was a captain of the 2010 and a integral part of the team’s unlikely run to its first Colonial Athletic Association tournament berth. Scheer finished the 2010 season with a team-high nine points, stemming from four goals and one assist. Three of Scheer’s four goals were game-winners, including against Towson sparking a 3-0 run to end the regular season. In 2009, Scheer served as a co-captain, making 17 starts and appearing in all 19 games. During that time, Scheer was the teams leading assister, dishing out four helpers. The 2008 season saw Scheer become a standard player in the Delaware lineup, after playing in four games as a freshman in 2007. He finished his sophomore year (2008) with a pair of goals and an assist. As a rookie in 2007, he posted one goal on two shots. After helping guide the team to the post season in 2010, Scheer earned All-CAA honors, landing on the second team along with three teammates, marking the most Delaware players to earn conference honors in a season. Evans Frimpong, Darren O’Connor and All-Rookie selection Vincent Mediate joined him on the list.
“I am very excited about this opportunity," said Scheer. "Working with Ian will be extremely beneficial because he has a wealth of knowledge about the game and his passion to win is contagious. I am looking forward to working with the staff and the players on the team as we continue to try and push this program forward.”
Now serving as a coach, Scheer will be an integral part of the recruiting process and will work with different positional groups. He has earned his National “D” License from US Soccer and is working towards National “C” License this fall.
A native of West Windsor, N.J., Scheer now resides in Newark.