Brian Plotkin Announced as Next Army West Point Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Army West Point Director of Athletics Mike Buddie announces the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the 12th Men’s Soccer coach in program history May 27.
“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Brian Plotkin as the next Men’s Soccer head coach at Army West Point,” said Buddie. “He brings a wealth of experience as an assistant coach throughout Division I, including Power Five schools and high-level academic institutions. As a standout player himself at Indiana University and an MLS Cup champion, he brings to West Point the highest level of playing experience. We are confident he is going to be a great leader of our cadet athletes, not only on the pitch but off it as we develop leaders of character for our nation.”
Plotkin comes to the banks of the Hudson after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to his time in South Bend he was an assistant at Dartmouth University and at Loyola University (Chicago). He also brings a wealth of playing experience to West Point, including a professional career in the MLS where he won an MLS Cup in 2008 with the Columbus Crew. He also had a heralded collegiate career at Indiana University, where he was the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year and the runner-up for the 2005 MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor given in collegiate soccer.
“Thank you to Mike Buddie, Brad Brown, and the entire senior leadership team for giving me this opportunity to represent this prestigious and historical institution. It is a great honor to be able to lead the men's soccer program at Army West Point. I look forward to working with the team this fall and am excited for the future,” said Plotkin.
Plotkin joined the staff at Notre Dame in February of 2018 as an assistant coach. In three seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish made the NCAA Championship twice in 2018 and 2019. During the 2018 campaign, Notre Dame earned the No. 7 overall seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals. Jack Lynn improved from scoring three goals in his freshman year in 2018 to leading the team with 10 goals as a sophomore in 2019 with the help of Plotkin's guidance. Read more.