Former University of Delaware men’s soccer standout Jon Scheer is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Blue Hens during the 2016-17 academic calendar, including his fifth in a full-time role.
During his tenure along the sidelines, Scheer has helped Delaware more than 50 victories, including four 10-plus-win seasons and three straight 10-plus-win campaigns for the first time in the program’s 90-year history. Additionally, the Hens garnered the 2011 CAA Tournament Championship and 2014 regular season title while earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hens have also reached the CAA Finals for four times in the past five years with Scheer in his current role.
The 2015 Delaware squad posted a 10-7-4 record and advanced to the CAA finals for the second consecutive season while boasting three-time NSCAA Division I All-American Guillermo Delgado and Regional honoree Thomas de Villardi. Ben Sampson also became the third Delaware player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® accolades, joining Matt Haney (2004, 2005, 2006) and Kyle Davis (2009), all of whom played for Hennessy.
During the 2014 campaign, the Blue Hens captured their first-ever CAA regular season championship while registering an overall mark of 13-6-1 while going 5-2-1 in league action. Delaware opened the year with a program-best 6-0 record and earned 263 points to rank No. 11 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire poll. The squad finished the year ranked eighth nationally with a 2.05 scoring offense while All-American Guillermo Delgado placed ninth with 12 goals. A NSCAA Team Academic Award honoree, UD had 12 student-athletes receive academic accolades while Ben Sampson was just the second player in program history to earn CAA Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors alongside Matt Haney (2005, 2006).
Following the most successful season in program history in 2013, Scheer was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as part of its 30 Under 30 Program in its inaugural year. Scheer was one of 15 male coaches selected as the profession’s next generation of top coaches from a list of more than 600 applicants.
The 30 Under 30 program 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.
In addition to this honor, Scheer was also named the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013.
During that 2013 campaign, the Blue Hens 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 into the NCAA Tournament. The squad also established program standards for goals scored (45), assists (42), and corner kicks (144) in a single season. The Hens finished the 2013 season ranked second in NCAA Division I in scoring offense, averaging 2.25 goals per game. Delaware received votes in the national NSCAA and College Soccer rankings throughout most of the season and recorded two Top 25 victories, downing then No. 8 UMBC and then No. 21 William & Mary during the month of October.
Delaware also had a program-best eight student-athletes earn a total of nine All-CAA postseason awards, including CAA Rookie of the Year Guillermo Delgado. Delgado also earned second team NSCAA All-American honors and was joined on the All-NSCAA South Atlantic Region team by Borja Barbero, Vincent Mediate, and Ignacio Martin. In addition to the on-field success, two Delaware players, Ben Sampson and Luke Oostdyk, were selected to the prestigious CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic team. An impressive total of 15 student-athletes carried a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the academic year.
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 then 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 as 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.
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 CAA 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.
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. Evans Frimpong, Darren O’Connor and All-Rookie selection Vincent Mediate joined him on the list.
In 2009, Scheer served as a co-captain, making 17 starts and appearing in all 19 games. During that time, Scheer led the team in assists by 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.
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 graduated from the University of Delaware in 2011 with a degree in history education.
|Hometown:||West Windsor, N.J.|
|High School:||West Windsor Plainsboro|