Coaching Staff

Andy Jennings  |  Head Coach

Andy Jennings, the 2009, 2012 and 2016 Liberty League Coach of the Year, led the Brewers to the Liberty League Championship in 2011 and 2016 and the Regular Season Championship in 2012. In 2011, the team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1999 and repeated the feat with an at-large bid in 2012, winning in the first round and returned to the Championship in 2016.

As head coach of the Brewers from 1981 to 1985, 1989 to 1996, and 2004-present, Jennings compiled a 224-154-46 record as the winningest men's soccer coach in Vassar history. He transformed Vassar into one of the Northeast region's premier teams, capturing two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference regional championships, appearing in seven ECAC playoff championships, and winning three Suburban Conference titles. Jennings, who had served as Vassar's first fulltime Director of Athletics in 1996, returned to fulltime coaching in the 2004 season. Over the last few seasons, he has transformed Vassar into a formidable team against non-league opponents and particularly inside the highly-competitive Liberty League, widely considered one of the top leagues in the country.

Jennings picked up his milestone 200th victory during the 2014 season, earning a 2-0 win over Maritime College on August 29 to open the season. Since taking over full time as head coach in 2004, Jennings has produced 38 All-Liberty League Selections, seven NSCAA All-Region players, one NSCAA All-American, three CoSIDA Academic All-District choices, seven NSCAA Scholar Athletes and one CoSIDA Academic All-American. Jennings’s Brewers have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, 2015 and 2016.   

Jennings, a qualified Football Association coach, has directed numerous soccer camps, has worked with both the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and continues to be involved in youth soccer in the mid-Hudson valley. During his playing days, he played semi-professionally in England and also represented England Universities. In 2001-02, Jennings, while on sabbatical, gained invaluable experience with the England Under-17 national team and the Bristol City Football Club Academy program.

From 1990 to 2004 Jennings also served as Vassar's Director of Athletics. During this time he spearheaded significant improvements to the athletic facilities including; a $16M additional to the field house (2000), $2.5M locker facility for outdoor sports (2003) plus other facility improvements and renovations.

Jennings served as the Project Manager for the $7.6 million refurbishing of Prentiss Field that was recently completed. The facility includes a state-of-the-art soccer field and practice fields, lighted artificial turf field, a new baseball field to complement the sports medicine and locker rooms adjacent to the fields.

Jennings graduated from Exeter University in England with a Bachelor of Education, received his Masters degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and gained his PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Maryland. Jennings also serves as the head women's golf coach.

 


Chuck Wilder  |  Volunteer Assistant Coach

Chuck Wilder has been the Goalkeeper coach at Vassar since the 2008 season. He has a wealth of experience as both a goalkeeper coach and an outfield coach in the region and has had a significant impact on the recent development of the Vassar program.

Coach Wilder is the Director of Coaching for Middlepath FC and has served as a team coach and goalkeeper coach since the club’s inauguration. Wilder is well-regarded in the Hudson Valley soccer circles for his extensive playing and coaching experience. Wilder has a coaching resume that includes local schools (Asst. Men's Coach) Dutchess Community College, (Head Men's Coach) Suny Purchase College - Div III , (Men's Goalkeeper Coach) Dominican College - Div II , (Women's Goalkeeper Coach) Bard College - Div III.

Wilder has been a part of the New York Empire State Games as a coach for the Boys Scholastic Soccer Team representing the Hudson Valley Region for the past 11 years. His teams have won - two Bronze Medals, two Silver Medals, and one Gold Medal. Wilder served as goalkeeper coach for the New York State ODP Program.

Wilder’s 25 years in coaching include a stint at the professional level where he was the goalkeeper coach for the Rockland Glaciers (PDL) and for the New York Fever (A-League).

Wilder brings a wealth of Goalkeeping knowledge and strong instruction to the club. He has played Professionally as a Goalkeeper in the U.S.I.S.L. Wilder holds his USSF "C" License as well as his NSCAA National Diploma.