Gavin Penny enters his second season as the Husson head men’s soccer coach and fourth year on staff in 2017 with a career record of 9-7-2.
In his first year at the helm for the Eagles, Coach Penny led the Green and Gold to a 9-7-2 overall record and a 6-2-1 mark in North Atlantic Conference (GNAC) play. As the #4 seed in the conference tourney, the Eagles defeated #5 Maine Maritime Academy, 1-0, in a NAC Quarterfinal on October 29th to advance to the semifinal round for the eighth time in 14 seasons as a member of the conference. The campaign came to a close with a semifinal loss at top-seeded Thomas College, 3-2 in overtime, on November 1st. With the win over the Mariners, Penny became the first head coach in program history to win a postseason game in their first year at the helm since Nick Benoit in 1999 and the third overall joining Benoit and Milan Kesar.
After the season concluded, junior goalkeeper Cody Gross earned First Team All-NAC honors and sophomore forward Miguel Caballero was listed on the Second Team, while senior defender Nic Pare was named the Senior Scholar Athlete and junior forward Josh Bellomo was tabbed for the All-Sportsmanship Team.
Penny, who spent two seasons (2014-15) serving as an assistant coach to Jeff Gettler, third winningest head coach in program history, was named the 21st head coach in program history on March 29, 2016.
During his time as an assistant at Husson, Penny contributed to a winning tradition that resulted in two winning seasons with a combined 21-14-2 record. During his two-year tenure, the Eagles made two conference championship tournament appearances, a North Atlantic Conference Championship, and a berth to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2014.
Prior to his arrival at Husson, Penny was an assistant coach with Nyack College for two seasons.
A graduate of Nyack College, Penny was a four-year starter and played a key role in both Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championship-winning teams in 2010 and 2012, as well as helping the men’s soccer program earn their first NCAA DII National Championship bid in the school’s history.
Penny is a native of London, England, where he grew up playing at many levels. The highlight of his playing career was playing semi-professionally during his teen years. In 2007, Penny made the move to the US to begin coaching for the New York Red Bulls Training programs. He then moved on to become the head coach for two Super-Y League teams at the Ocean City Barons. His spell as a coach was put on hold following his time there to take the opportunity to play at Nyack College. During his time at Nyack, Penny became a man of God who has been involved in several missions’ trips & community service projects. In May 2012, Penny graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Penny is currently a holder of the NSCAA Premier License & NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 2 Diplomas. He also holds an FA Coaching License, as well as a USSF Coaching License.
Penny’s leadership on the field has smoothly transitioned into a coaching role where he hopes to continue learning from his peers and develop his coaching accolades. Penny is also a CPA having most recently worked as a Tax Specialist at Berry Dunn, and an Audit Senior Assistant for Deloitte & Touche.
Gavin currently resides in Brewer, Maine with his wife Monique, their daughter Althea, and son Nicolo.