NEWARK, Del. – For the past 11 seasons, Jon Scheer’s name has been synonymous with Delaware soccer. A four-year standout for the Blue Hens from 2007-10, Scheer has served his college coach Ian Hennessy for the past seven-plus seasons as an assistant.

A 2010 Colonial Athletic Association honoree, Scheer has accepted a position with the Philadelphia Union Academy, where he will serve as the Director of Talent Identification for the Union affiliate.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me,” Hennessy said. “I have coached Jon since he was 11 years old, and he was one of my first recruits at Delaware. He served both as my captain and worked alongside me as a coach, where he assisted in building Delaware Soccer into a program of national prominence and respect. I cannot put into words how proud I am of Jon. I have come to admire him not only as a coach but as a man. It’s been a great run for him so far, but now he is off on a bigger journey. The position that Jon is accepting is one of the most influential positions in US Soccer at the moment, particularly given the Philadelphia Union’s youth policy on promotion their players to the top club. These young players are not just the future of the Union, but by extension the future of our US National team as well. I look forward to watching Jon grow in his partnership with the Union.”

Under the tutelage of both Hennessy and Scheer, the Blue Hens have won at least 10 games in five of the seven seasons, advancing to the CAA finals four times and the NCAA Tournament three times.

“I first want to thank Ian Hennessy for setting me for this wonderful opportunity,” Scheer added. “I was fortunate enough that he gave me a chance to play and coach under him. He has truly taught me what it means to be a man on and off the field. Like so many others in our profession that Ian has come in contact with, he changed my life and I will forever be grateful for his leadership and guidance. While I am humbled by the opportunity with the Philadelphia Union Academy, I am well aware this new job is a credit to how highly regarded the University of Delaware men’s soccer program is in the professional ranks. I’d like to thank all of the players and staff I have come in contact with over the past six years as an Assistant Coach, who have all played a major impact in developing me for the next step in my career. The University of Delaware is and will always be a very special place to me. I am looking forward to seeing the University and Athletic Department continue to grow in impressive fashion. Go Blue Hens!”

A national search for Scheer’s replacement is underway. The Blue Hens have opened spring practice and will return three All-CAA performers from a season ago including first-team selection John Schroeder.

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