Southington native and University of Hartford men's soccer coach, Tom Poitras, to enter Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame

Published on Tuesday, 3 January 2017 20:51
Written by MICHAEL WOOLFSON

STAFF WRITER

Southington native and University of Hartford men’s soccer coach Tom Poitras has been selected as a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2017 induction class. Poitras is one of six people being honored by the Connecticut State Soccer Association for his “significant contributions to the soccer world.”

In his time as a head soccer coach, Poitras has accrued a career record of 244-148-58 which amounts to a 61 winning percentage. In 2016 he was able to lead the Hawks to the America East Conference Championship for the fourth time in his tenure, which started in 2011. Hartford lost to Albany in the championship game but it was able to defeat No. 1-seeded Stony Brook as the No. 5 seed on the way to that game.

Before Poitras took over as the Hawks soccer coach the team had put together just one eight-win season in the prior six years. Since he has joined though, the team has won at least eight games in four of his six years. Poitras has a 53-45-19 overall record at Hartford and his .534 winning percentage is the best mark at the school for a coach who has been at Hartford for more than two seasons in the Division-I era.

Poitras played collegiately at Southern Connecticut State. The Southington native was a four-year starter who was a big part of the team’s Division II national championship in 1987. Before signing on as the Hartford head coach Poitras made stops at the University of New Haven, where he earned New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 1996, Southern New Hampshire and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

The long-time head coach was able to lead Southern New Hampshire to the 2002 national championship game and was also at the helm when Green Bay made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 26 years.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Radisson in Cromwell and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Woolfson can be reached at 860-801-5203 or mwoolfson@newbritainherald.com



Posted in Newington Town Crier, General Sports, Southington on Tuesday, 3 January 2017 20:51. Updated: Tuesday, 3 January 2017 20:53.