Andreas Lindberg will try to turn around a 6-10-1 team that went 6-10-1 this season. (Photo courtesy of Seton Hall SID)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Andreas Lindberg has decided to take on a new challenge.
The long-time LIU Post men’s soccer coach Monday was named Monday in a similar capacity at Seton Hall University, Hall director of athletics Patrick Lyons announced Monday.
Lindberg, who directed the Pioneers to seven NCAA Division II appearances in nine seasons, will take over a Division I program that finished 3-6-0 in the Big East and 6-10-1 overall. He has a career winning percentage of .766 over a dozen seasons.
He succeeds Gerson Echeverry, who directed the Pirates for six years. Echeverry was named head coach of Rio Grande Valley FC Toros last Thursday. Rio Grande Valley is a hybrid affiliate of the Houston Dynamo in the United Soccer League.
“We are extremely excited to bring in a coach of Andreas’ caliber to lead our men’s soccer program at Seton Hall,” Lyons said in a statement.
“Andreas has proven for more than a decade that he is a successful leader. His teams at LIU-Post rose to national prominence and were a dominant force in the Northeast. We are confident that his preparedness, tactical acumen and recruiting ability will translate to South Orange and help our men’s soccer program compete for Big East Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.”
The Pioneers are one of the most dominant D-II programs. Since taking over as head coach in 2009, Lindberg has guided the Pioneers to a 139-30-15 record (.796), eight East Coast Conference regular season championships, six ECC tournament championships, seven NCAA Tournament appearances and four NCAA East Region championships and berths into the tournament quarterfinals.
Five times LIU-Post has earned a national No. 1 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. The program has finished in the top-15 in the final season poll in each of the last seven years, including a program-high No. 7 in 2017.
“First and foremost, I want to thank Pat Lyons and the athletics department for the tremendous opportunity they have afforded me,” Lindberg said in a press release. “Seton Hall has a tremendous history in men’s soccer that I look forward to being a part of. I can’t wait to meet the team and get started.”
Lindberg’s teams have dominated in the ECC with three successive tournament championships. Since the start of 2015, LIU-Post has gone 25-1-2 in ECC games, including an active 18-game unbeaten streak. In nine seasons at LIU-Post, Lindberg is 64-8-6 in the conference, with only three losses coming in the final seven seasons.
He has earned six ECC coach of the year awards (2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009). He also is a three-time United Soccer Coaches East Region Coach of the Year (2017, 2015, 2014).
“I like to play attack-minded soccer that’s attractive to watch,” Lindberg said. “Realistically, we also want to be solid and organized, tactically strong. I like to play good and attractive soccer, but I like to win more.”