Under Dave Masur, St. John’s reached the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in six years. (Photo courtesy of the St. John’s SID)

Once a perennial selection the NCAA Division I men’s tournament, St. John’s University went through six barren years before returning to a familiar place this past season.

After a strong showing in the Big East, the Red Storm (14-5-1) clinched its first NCAA berth since 2013, received a first-round bye before losing to the University of Virginia in the Round of 16.

The man behind the team’s resurgence was the same man who built up the program after taking over the reins almost three decades ago — Dr. Dave Masur.

For his efforts, Masur was named the FrontRowSoccer.com men’s college coach of the year for 2019. Men’s coaches in the metropolitan area were eligible for this award.

It was a banner year for the Red Storm, which boasted four players on the United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region teams. Tani Oluwaseyi, FrontRowSoccer.com’s men’s college player of the year. was named to the first team while Brandon Duarte, Einar Lye and Jan Hoffelner earned spots on the third team. The Johnnies’ four selections were tied for the second-highest total in program history, trailing the six set during the national championship season of 1996.

Masur entered the 2019 season as the seventh winningest active Division men’s head soccer coach. He has 423 career wins. After 28 years at the St. John’s helm, Maur has registered a 369-157-90 record and 422-178-96 overall. His teams have reached the College Cup Final Four four times and 20 NCAA tournaments.

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