Lavrynenko Named Associate Head Coach at Rochester Institute of Technology
July 9, 2009
Release courtesy of Rochester Institute of Technology
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Yuri Lavrynenko has been hired as associate head men's soccer coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lavrynenko brings a wealth of elite level playing and coaching experience to the RIT program.
"I am very excited about joining this great institution and the storied soccer program," said Lavrynenko. "I look forward to further enhancing RIT and its men's soccer program along with head coach Bill Garno and the rest of the staff."
After leading Gates-Chili High School to a New York State Championship in 1995, Lavrynenko helped Indiana University to two NCAA and four Big Ten championships from 1996-99. While at Indiana, he earned All-American, All Big Ten and Final Four MVP accolades.
Lavrynenko excelled in the classroom at Indiana University, earning Academic All Big Ten honors in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 as well as being inducted into the Alpha Beta academic fraternity. In 2004 Lavrynenko earned a master of business administration from RIT with a concentration in marketing and finance.
Lavrynenko had a very successful professional career. Between 2000-2001 Lavrynenko played for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. He helped the Fire to the U.S. Open Cup championship in 2001. He played for three teams in MLS A-League from 2001-2004 including the Rochester Rhinos. He helped Montreal to the A-League championship in 2004.
In 2005 Lavrynenko founded "Yuri Lavrynenko Soccer" which specializes in academics, individual training, team sessions and camps and clinics for youth soccer players. In 2006 he earned his USSF "B" coaching license and earned his USSF "A" license in 2009.
"We are pleased to have Yuri join the coaching staff here at RIT," stated Head Coach Bill Garno. "His experiences as a player and elite level coach will provide our student-athletes with an enhanced learning experience, and help us in our continued pursuit of academic and soccer excellence. Yuri's record of success is top class and I am really looking forward to working with him."
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