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Scott Wiercinski
Academy Director / Head Men's Soccer Coach - Bowdoin College

Scott Wiercinski was named head coach of the Bowdoin men's soccer team in March of 2013.

In his 4 seasons leading Bowdoin, Wiercinski has led the Polar Bears to a 38-19-15 record, capturing the program’s first NESCAC Championship in 2014 and winning a second conference championship in 2015, becoming one of three programs to win back-to-back NESCAC titles.  In Wiercinski’s time at Bowdoin, the team has made consecutive appearances to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round in both 2014 and 2015 after recording first round victories.  This past season the Polar Bears reached the NESCAC semi-finals after defeating Tufts 2-1 in the quarterfinals, becoming the only NESCAC team to reach the semi-final round of the conference tournament in each of the previous 4 seasons.  

A native of Brunswick and graduate of Brunswick High School, Wiercinski will return to Maine after seven years as head coach at the University of Chicago. His resume also includes assistant coaching jobs at Brown and Bowdoin. He is a 1999 graduate of Middlebury.

Wiercinski wrapped up his seventh season as head men's soccer coach at University of Chicago in 2012. The Maroons posted an 8-4-5 overall record in 2012, bringing Wiercinski's career record to 58-47-20. In 2009, Wiercinski guided the Maroons to the University Athletic Association championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Prior to his arrival at Chicago, Wiercinski spent five years as an assistant coach at Brown University from 2001-05. During that time, Brown compiled a 41-31-13 overall record, collected three Ivy League championships, and earned two NCAA Division I postseason berths.

Wiercinski broke into coaching in 2000 with Bowdoin, where he helped former head coach Brian Ainscough lead the Polar Bears to a 14-2-2 record. A as a student at Middlebury College, Wiercinski was a four-year letter winner and two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference goalkeeper for the Panthers. He helped lead Middlebury to a 48-10-3 overall record and four NCAA Division III tournament appearances from 1995-98.

In Wiercinski's 15 years on the sidelines and on the field, his teams have compiled a record of 144-75-35 with nine NCAA tournament appearances.

He will take over a Bowdoin team that has been one of the finest in New England over the last decade. The Polar Bears have averaged 11 wins per season since 2000, have qualified for the postseason in 11 of the last 12 years and made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the team's first-ever NCAA "Final Four" berth in 2010.

Peter Mills
Assistant Academy Director / Assistant Men's Soccer Coach - Bowdoin College

Peter Mills, a 2009 Bowdoin College graduate and Brunswick native, joined the Polar Bear coaching staff in the summer of 2010. A four year contributor at Bowdoin from 2005-08, Mills helped the Polar Bears to an impressive 36-21-3 record over his career.  In his first year as an assistant, the Polar Bears reached the 2010 NCAA Final Four, posting a program best 15-2-4 record, and finishing ranked #3 in the country.  Mills has since helped the team to back-to-back NESCAC titles and NCAA appearances in 2014 and 2015.  Mills has also coached a variety of teams within Seacoast United Soccer Club and has been involved with a variety of local soccer camp programs. Prior to returning to Bowdoin as an assistant, Coach Mills worked with Portland High School boys’ soccer and taught at Memorial Middle School in South Portland.  Mills graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in History and a minor in Education.  He holds an NSCAA National Diploma and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma 

Coach Mills has extensive soccer experience in the mid-coast of Maine. As a native of Brunswick, Coach Mills had a standout playing career at Brunswick HS, and then was a major contributor to the soccer program at Bowdoin College from 2005-2008. Since his graduation, Coach Mills has worked with Portland HS boys’ soccer, various teams within the Seacoast United Soccer Club, and with a variety of local soccer camp programs.

Ben Brewster, 2013
1st-Team All-NESCAC,  NSCAA 1st-Team All America, & NESA Staff Member

College Coaches Previously On Staff:

  • Dave Kulik, Head coach at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI
  • Bill Lawler, Asst. Coach at Babson College in Wellesley, MA
  • Tommy Dinuzzo, Head Coach at Hampton-Sydney College, in Hampton-Sydney, VA
  • Brian Gill, Assistant Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia PA
  • Sean Topping, Head Coach at Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, PA
  • Kyle Dezotel, Head Coach at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, NY
  • Rob Nydick, Head Coach at Arcadia University, in Glenside, PA
  • David Lindholm, Assistant Coach at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • James Greenslit, Head Coach at Roger Williams University, in Bristol, RI
  • Current and former Bowdoin College student-athletes serve as counselors, demonstrators and assistant coaches throughout the camp week.

‚ÄčOther Colleges Who Have Previously Attended:

  • Catholic University
  • Maine Maritime Academy