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Coach Nabs Milestone As Boys Soccer Beats Mahopac

MAHOPAC – It was a natural progression that Rob Seipp would go from playing for the John Jay High School boys soccer team to coaching it.

Turns out, after four years playing and 22 coaching, he is pretty darn adept at both.

Seipp reached a milestone on Monday, earning his 300th career coaching victory as the Patriots beat Mahopac, 2-1, in the league opener.

John Jay is now 5-2 overall.

Seipp, who graduated Jay in 1987, took over as head coach from Bill Masterson in 1998.

“We always have had such a good program, and the East Fishkill Soccer Club does such a great job of feeding us players,” Seipp told HVSR. “All I am really doing is writing out the lineup and letting the kids play. At another school, I wouldn’t be as fortunate to have such great players, giving parents, and being surrounded by a great athletic program with great leaders.”

Mahopac opened the scoring in the first half 20 minutes into the match. But 10 minutes into the second half, senior midfielder Ray Troche tied the game and, nine minutes later, sophomore Zach Rabadi scored on an assist from senior James Kane to give Jay the win.

And No. 300.

A moment Seipp will never forget – just like No. 1.

“It was up at Vestal. We went down early 1-0 but came back to win it, 3-1,” Seipp recalled of his initial coaching victory back in 1998. “I remember how we had just gone to the state finals under Bill in ’97 and only two seniors were on my first team in ’98.”

The Patriots went to the state Final Four in Seipp’s first year; they won it all in 2000.

“I’m just lucky,” Seipp said. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world to teach math at John Jay and lucky and blessed to be the coach of John Jay soccer.”

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