Eichelberger Retires Following 2015 Season
Hagerstown, Md.- Head Coach, Brian Eichelberger, has announced his retirement following his 10th season with the Hagerstown Community College Hawks.
Eichelberger, a graduate of Hagerstown Community College before transferring to Shepherd University served as assistant coach for the Hawks for one season, before being head coach for nine years. Eichelberger finishes his HCC coaching career with an overall record of 77-84-9. During his tenure, the men's team has produced 126 student-athletes, with 36 players earning All-MDJUCO and All-NJCAA honors. Eichelberger has also coached five All-American nominees. Hagerstown has made nine consecutive NJCAA Region XX Playoff appearances; however, his teams would finish in the Division I Semifinals six times.
The Hawks set numerous records during Eichelberger's tenure with Hagerstown. In Eichelberger's final season at the helm, his team set a program scoring record with 68 goals, while two players set school records for most assists in a season and most saves by a goalkeeper in a two-year career. In 2012, the Hawks earned the most wins in program history with 13, while also finishing fifth in the MDJUCO. During the 2010 season, Eichelberger's Hawks would earn their first ever national ranking when they started the season 6-0-0 and were #17 in the nation. In 2009, HCC made program history by allowing only 22 goals against.
"I would like to thank the HCC Administration, faculty, and staff for all of their support during my 10 years as coach of the Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team," mentioned Eichelberger. "I especially want to thank each and every player who has come through the program in my tenure. Their dedication to commitment in the classroom and on the field of play has made the program what it is today. My main goal was make the men's soccer program here ten times better than when I found it and I am confident we have achieved that. I look forward to watching the program continuing to grow and flourish. My time as coach has allowed me to gain lifetime relationships that I am truly thankful for," quoted Eichelberger.
Eight-year assistant coach Brandon Rethemeyer is in line to replace Eichelberger for the upcoming season. Rethemeyer played with Eichelberger at Smithsburg High School and Hagerstown Community College before transferring to Frostburg State University. Upon graduation, Rethemeyer joined the HCC coaching, serving as Eichelberger's main assistant from 2008-2015. "It was a pleasure coaching with Brian at our Alma mater," stated Rethemeyer. "We had great communication, vision, and commitment to winning and I will miss this era in HCC men's soccer history," said Rethemeyer.