Casey Derkacz | Assistant Coach

 

Casey Derkacz enters his third season as assistant coach for the University at Buffalo women’s soccer program. His main responsibilities are recruting, on field coaching and academic liason for the student-athletes.

In 2015, Derkacz helped lead the Bulls to their second straight MAC semifinal match as he helped train the goalkeepers and backline all season long. The Bulls defense continued to perform at a high level as they allowed just 0.86 goals against per game while notching eight cleansheets on the season.

Derkacz had a pair of players earn All-MAC honors as senior centerback Jackie Hall collected first team All-MAC recognition for the second consecutive season while freshman leftback Brianna Shingary earned All-Freshman team honors after a huge season on the backline. Senior Kristin Markiewicz also earned MAC All-Tournament team honors after a strong MAC Tournament, moving to centerback midway through the season under Derkacz’s watchful eye.

As the teams academic liason, Derkacz saw a program record seven student-athletes earn Academic All-MAC accolades during the 2015 campaign including four, Kassidy Kidd, Jackie Hall, Julia Benati and Andrea Niper, who were named to the innaugural MAC Distinguished Scholar Athletes list. The four honorees on the MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete list were the most amongst all MAC schools. As a team, the Bulls collected a 3.299 cumulative GPA for the spring semester.

The Western New York native had a hand in just about everything that helped the 2014 team be the most successful in program history as he worked closely with the goalkeepers as well as the forwards. Derkacz also serves as the Bulls recruiting coordinator and academic liason.

Derkacz helped Laura Dougall turn in one of the greatest goalkeeping season’s in MAC history in her freshman campaign as she earned a 16-1-3 overall record to go along with a goals-against average of 0.38 and a save percentage of .908, which ranks third in the NCAA.

Offensively, Derkacz helped develop Katie Roberts into the MAC Offensive Player of the Year with a MAC-high 11 goals, after a junior campaign that saw her score just two goals. Celina Carrero also turned into a star offensively, finishing with six goals and seven assists after a freshman campaign that produced no points. The UB offense improved drastically as they scored 32 goals this, up from 13 in 2013.

Off the field, Derkacz helped lead UB to new heights in the classroom as the team had the highest combined GPA (3.412) out of all 20 sports at Buffalo. Under Derkacz’s tutelage, the Bulls had three athletes produce a perfect 4.0 while 15 had over a 3.0 GPA for the spring semester of 2014.

Derkacz helped lead Slippery Rock to two straight NCAA Tournaments, a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012 and an Elite 8 appearance in 2013. The Rock earned the PSAC Championship in his first season with the team and they won the Atlantic Region title in 2013. Over his two year’s at Slippery Rock, Derkacz guided The Rock to a 29-10-5 record while helping them finish the 2013 season ranked No. 6 in the Division II national poll.

Prior to Slippery Rock, he helped guide the Penn State Behrend men’s and women’s teams to NCAA Division III tournament berths and Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships.

For his playing career, Derkacz appeared in 64 games and made 49 starts as a midfielder for Penn State and UB. He led the University at Buffalo in assists during his senior year and helped the team reach the conference semifinals. On top of his playing accolades, Derkacz was an exceptional student, earning Academic All-Big 10 honors at Penn State and MAC Academic All-Conference honors at UB.

A native of Hamburg, N.Y., Derkacz has also been involved with coaching various club teams since 2009.