Aleksey Korol Named Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Feb. 3, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana All-American and 1999 National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) National Player of the Year Aleksey Korol has been named an assistant coach with the program, head coach Mike Freitag announced today.
Korol comes to IU from Illinois-Chicago where he spent the last three seasons as an assitant coach for Hoosier alum John Trask. During his three seasons the Flames compiled a record of 38-13-17 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season, incuding appearnaces in the quarterfinals in 2007 and the round of 16 in 2008. His duties at UIC included assisting with daily team training, individual instruction and oversite of compliance issues.
"I am so happy and proud to announce that Aleksey Korol will be returning to Bloomington to join the IU men's soccer staff," Freitag said. "Aleksey is the perfect fit of our staff. He is a dynamic young coach who brings the same qualities that made him an All-America forward during his playing days at IU. He is smart, passionate, intense, and a tireless worker. He will have an immediate impact on the play of our forwards and our offensive production. Aleksey also has a keen eye for talent which will be helpful on the recruiting trail. I like the fact that he had a burning desire to return to Indiana University and help continue our `tradition of excellence'. Quite simply Aleksey is a winner, an outstanding coach, and a gentleman. He will be a valuable asset to IU Soccer and the Bloomington community."
Korol helped lead the Flames to the Horizon League regular season title and appearance in the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament while recording a record of 12-4-6 in 2008. UIC had three players in Jovan Bubonja, Baggio Husidic and Robert Younger named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region teams, with Bubonja and Husidic earning All-American accolades. Husicic went on to sign a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer and was drafted by the Chicago Fire.
In 2007 UIC captured the Horizon League title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Along with the quarterfinal run that attracted top-10 rankings at the end of 2007, UIC also received a slew of awards for its offensive stars thanks in part to Korol's work with players on the attack. Pavle Dundjer and Cesar Zambrano were named to the NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region Team for the second straight season, while Dundjer was named to the NSCAA/adidas All-America Third Team. Zambrano moved on to the professional game after he was drafted by MLS side Colorado Rapids.
In his first season at UIC the squad went 13-3-5, defeating nationally-ranked foes Saint Louis and eventual national champion UC Santa Barbara on the road during a nine-match unbeaten streak to open 2006. That led to a Horizon League regular-season title and an at-large berth into the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship.
While at UIC Korol has also served as a coach with Chicago United FC, John Trask Total Soccer and Chicago Lightning.
Korol is no stranger to championship success dating back to his four-year career at Indiana from 1996-99. During that period the Hoosiers won back-to-back NCAA titles in his junior and senior seasons and he made three College Cup appearances. As a freshman he recorded six goals and eight assists and increased his offensive output each season thereafter. As a sophomore he netted 14 goals and seven assists as the Hoosiers posted a 23-1 mark. The following year, he tallied 17 goals and 44 points as IU went 23-3 and defeated Stanford for the national title.
During his senior campaign he netted 20 goals and became the first IU player in a decade to tally 50 points. He earned Big Ten Player of the Year, NSCAA All-America and Soccer America Player of the Year honors that season. He was later named to the Soccer America All-Decade team in the `90s. Korol currently ranks fourth on IU's all-time points scored list with 57 goals and 149 points.
Drafted by Dallas with the fifth pick in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft, Korol played two seasons for the Burn, playing in 36 matches and scoring seven goals, and appeared in one game for the Chicago Fire before injury hampered his MLS career. He played in the United Soccer League in 2002 (Rochester Rhinos), 2003 (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) and 2004 (Charleston Battery). He also had a stint with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 2003-04.
Korol earned a B.S. in Sports Management from Indiana in 2005. Originally from the Ukraine, he was selected at the age of 12 for the Dinamo Kiev Youth Academy where he spent three seasons before coming to the United States.
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