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April 21, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer head coach Bob Warming announced the addition of Michael Behonick as an assistant coach on Monday afternoon. Behonick comes to Happy Valley from the University of Virginia where he was entering his fifth year.
"We are pleased to welcome Michael to Penn State, our incredible athletic department, and our Penn State soccer family," Warming said. "We were certainly humbled by the volume of phone calls and interest we received regarding the open position on our staff. Michael's recruiting contacts, eye for talent and pedigree as a pro player and college coach will help him transition quickly to our program. He will be an important piece in helping us win more Big Ten Championships and become national champions in the near future."
"I'm thankful to Coach Warming for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff here at Penn State," said Behonick. "I am excited to be joining such a fine institution and a program that has just come off back-to-back Big Ten Championships and a Sweet 16 appearance. I would also like to thank Coach Gelnovatch, the staff and players at Virginia for an incredible five years and wish them continued success in the future."
Behonick replaces Bo Oshoniyi, who left Penn State to take the East Tennessee State head coaching position in March. Behonick will assume many of the duties that Bo had including training the goalkeepers and helping to organize the Penn State defense.
The Cavaliers, with Behonick on the sidelines, are coming off a successful 2013 season that saw them reach the College Cup Semifinals and a 13-6-5 record. Virginia made the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons Behonick was in Charlottesville, which has included 31 shutouts.
Prior to Virginia, Behonick played professional soccer for the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL from 2007 to 2010. He also served as the Islanders' Academy assistant goalkeeping coach in 2009, which accompanied his Director of Goalkeeping duties for the Syosset Soccer Club (N.Y.) in 2006-08.
Since 2008, Behonick has been a member of the Puerto Rico National Team and has six stints of professional soccer in addition to his time for the Islanders. Behonick was a MLS SuperDraft pick (51st overall) for the D.C. United before playing for the Charleston Battery in USL 1 (2003-05) and Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL 2 for the 2004 season. In 2006, he featured for the New York Red Bulls of MLS as a reserve and Long Island Rough Riders on loan before transitioning to Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USL 2.
Upon his graduation from American University (B.A., business administration) in the spring of 2003, he also served as a volunteer assistant that following fall for the Eagles. Behonick posted 16 shutouts in his collegiate career and earned All-Patriot League honors as a junior. Serving as team captain in 2001 and 2002, Behonick's team made the NCAA Tournament both times including a 2001 Patriot League title.
Penn State wrapped up its spring schedule this weekend with its Blue-White Scrimmage featuring former Nittany Lions. PSU went 3-2-1 in the spring against a schedule mixed with professional clubs, amateur teams and collegiate sides.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a 13-6-2 regular season in 2013 where they captured their second straight Big Ten title. Additionally, PSU made a run to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010.