Former University of Delaware standout Jon Scheer begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the men's soccer team in 2014, including his third in a full-time role.
“John was a fabulous leader in the dressing room at UD, particularly in his last two years,” said Hennessy of his former captain and now top assistant. “He is an honest-to-goodness genuine person whom I believe has a very bright future ahead of him in coaching.”
Scheer graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2011 with a degree in history education.
Following the 2013 season, Scheer was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as part of its 30 Under 30 Program. Scheer was one of 15 male coaches selected as the profession’s next generation of top coaches from a list of 600 applicants.
The 30 Under 30 program was started in 2013 and is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a select few up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. The program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation.
“It’s great that our University and athletic department is turning out this caliber of coach,” said Hennessy. “It’s been an incredible year of achievement for Jon, all the more remarkable given his young age. I had him pegged as a future coach, even during his playing years, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him to see him grow so quickly into one of the most recognized assistants in the nation. It has been a good year for him.”
In addition to the 30 Under 30 recognition, Scheer also was named the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year following the season.
During his first season on the UD staff in 2011, Scheer helped lead the Blue Hens to a dramatic postseason run, as Delaware captured the CAA Tournament championship with three victories in four days. The Blue Hens posted a pair of penalty kick victories over Northeastern and James Madison, before edging 18th-ranked Old Dominion, 2-1, to win the team’s first CAA title.
Delaware traveled to Virginia, the 2009 national champion, in its first round game, and stunned the Cavaliers when John Dineen scored the lone goal of the match with 4:14 left in the second overtime period. The Blue Hens then headed to fourth-ranked and eventual Final Four participant UCLA, where they battled the Bruins before falling 1-0 on a goal with just 6:44 remaining.
Following their remarkable season, the Blue Hens were selected the 2011 Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association Delaware Team of the Year. Evans Frimpong was named a second team NSCAA All-American, was a first team All-South Region pick, and was selected the league’s Player of the Year. Roberto Giménez was a second team All-South Region selection and earned CAA Rookie of the Year honors, while Darren O’Connor was selected to the third team All-South Region.
The 2013 was another outstanding campaign for the Blue Hens as the squad set a school record for wins with a 14-5-1 mark, earned votes in several national Top 25 polls, and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament where they dropped a tough 2-1 decision to St. John's at home in overtime. Freshman Guillermo Delgado earned All-American honors and three other players earned all-region accolades.
A three-year starter for the Blue Hens, Scheer was a captain and team Most Valuable Player of the 2010 squad and an integral part of the team’s spirited run to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. Scheer finished the 2010 season with a team-high nine points, stemming from four goals and one assist. Three of Scheer’s four goals were game-winners, including against Towson sparking a 3-0 run to end the regular season.
In 2009, Scheer served as a co-captain, making 17 starts and appearing in all 19 games. During that time, Scheer was the teams leading assister, dishing out four helpers.
The 2008 season saw Scheer become a standard player in the Delaware lineup, after playing in four games as a freshman in 2007. He finished his sophomore year (2008) with a pair of goals and an assist. As a rookie in 2007, he posted one goal on two shots.
After helping guide the team to the post season in 2010, Scheer earned All-CAA honors, landing on the second team along with three teammates, marking the most Delaware players to earn conference honors in a season. Frimpong, O’Connor and All-Rookie selection Vincent Mediate joined him on the list.
“I am very excited about this opportunity," said Scheer at the time of his hiring. "Working with Ian will be extremely beneficial because he has a wealth of knowledge about the game and his passion to win is contagious. I am looking forward to working with the staff and the players on the team as we continue to try and push this program forward.”
Scheer is an integral part of the recruiting process and will work with different positional groups. He has earned his National “A” License from US Soccer.
A native of West Windsor, N.J., Scheer resides in Newark.
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