Delaware men’s head coach Ian Hennessy is not returning after 16 seasons



Delaware men’s football is looking for a new head coach nationally following the announcement that Ian Hennessy will not be returning after 16 seasons.

Hennessy led the Blue Hens to NCAA tournament appearances in 2011, 2013, and 2016, and to the tournament titles of the Colonial Athletic Conference in 2011 and 2016.

“I would like to thank Ian for his dedication to the University of Delaware and the men’s soccer program,” said Chrissi Rawak, director of athletics and intercollegiate leisure, in a press release. “Our student-athletes in men’s soccer have excelled in the classroom and community during Ian’s tenure at UD. At this point in time, we felt it was necessary to take on a new lead for our program. “

Hennessy was the third-longest men’s Division 1 coach in the region, behind Dean Koski at Lehigh (since 1991) and Dennis Bohn at Lafayette (since 2001). During his tenure, he coached a number of All-Conference players, the All-Americans Evans Frimpong and Guillermo Delgado, and the MLS draft picks Delgado, Frimpong and Thomas de Villardi.

While in Newark, he also built a coaching tree that included Jon Scheer, Philadelphia Union Scouting Director, Roberto Gimenez, Philadelphia Union Academy’s chief scouting officer, Abdul Chibsah, Charlotte FC Academy’s recruiting director, and Taylor Thames , the current head coach of La Salle men’s football.

Hennessy was born in the Republic of Ireland, attended college at Seton Hall and played in the first MLS season for the MetroStars in the MLS in 1996. He worked as an assistant at Rutgers and Boston College before taking the helm in Delaware in 2006, also serving as a scout for US soccer and technical director for Delaware FC.


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