August 23, 2013

Men's Soccer Finds Success With Alumni Guiding The Program To New Levels

BOSTON, Mass. – As he enters his 11th season, Emerson Men's Soccer Head Coach
Jared Scarpaci has built a successful program based on diligent dedication and hard
work while bringing in trailblazing recruits to bolster the talent level on the field. His
additional secret weapon is his bench, as two of his assistants are alumni of the Men's
Soccer Program, both playing under Scarpaci himself.

Associate Head Coach Francisco Mejia-Blau will rejoin the Lions this season for his
second year as a right-hand man for Scarpaci after starting his coaching career with
stints at the Boston Breakers, Boston Aztecs, Massachusetts Youth Soccer, Tufts,
Wheaton, and Brandeis before coming home to Emerson.

While a member of the Lions squad for three years after transferring from the University
of Hartford, Mejia-Blau captained the Lions for his junior and senior seasons while being
named First Team All-GNAC in 2003.

On coaching with Scarpaci, Mejia-Blau stated, "It's an honor to share the sideline with
Coach Scarpaci after how integral he has been to my career as both an athlete and
now as a coach. He's a wealth of knowledge on the sport and his passion for it is
unrivaled. He remains a mentor that I look up to and strive to continue to rise to his
standards of excellence."

Assistant Coach Cody Schram also patrols the sidelines with Scarpaci and enters his
fifth year doing so, while also coaching at the Seacoast United Soccer Club for the past
three years. A four-year letterwinner for the Lions, Schram left Emerson with a trophy
room full of awards including:

- Emerson College Male Student Athlete of the Year, 2006–2007
- Nominated for NSCAA Scholar All-American, 2006–2007
- Nominated for ESPN Magazine Academic All-American, 2006–2007
- NSCAA Academic All-Conference Team, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Great Northeast Athletic Conference First-Team All-Conference, 2005, 2006
- Second Team All-New England, D3Kicks.com, 2006
- Co-Captain, Emerson Men's Soccer, 2005, 2006
- Emerson College Soccer Rookie of the Year, 2003

After his career at Emerson, Schram went on to play for the PDL and NPSL levels of
the Seacoast United Phantoms before beginning his path in coaching. On coaching with
Scarpaci, Schram said, "I'm extremely fortunate for the opportunities that Coach Scarpaci
has given me on the field and as a coach. He has brought out the best of my abilities as
an athlete and now continues to do so as a coach."

Assistant Coach Adam Hughes played four years at Division II Bentley University and
also ran track. He brings a non-Emerson perspective to the team and his insight has been
crucial. Coach Hughes is entering his third season with the Lions.

Coach Scarpaci also commented on his alumni sharing the coaching duties with him,
saying, "It's been amazing to be able to coach both Francisco and Cody and watch them
develop into not only incredible students and athletes, but people as well. They've brought
so much to the program in both capacities and continue to be examples as to why I love
coaching this program. "In addition, Assistant Coach Adam Hughes has brought a fresh
new approach to the Men's Soccer program and his previous coaching experience has
been invaluable.

The Emerson Men's Soccer Team will take to the field for its 2013 season opener on
August 31 at Daniel Webster. The Lions home opener will be held September 4 against
Regis at Rotch Field in Boston, Massachusetts.