Seven seniors take Wish Field pitch against No. 10/19 Marquette in their final match
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DePaul assistant coach faces Loyola assistant coach and older brother for first time ever
Blue Demons bring in 10 newcomers as team transitions to new BIG EAST Conference
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Former Blue Demon standout midfielder Mark Plotkin was named assistant coach Feb. 6, 2012 after spending the last two seasons as the Director of Operations for Northwestern men's soccer.
The highlights of his first season as assistant coach in the fall of 2012 include victories over Northwestern, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola Chicago and BIG EAST Conference adversary USF. The Blue Demons also earned ties against Cincinnati, Valparaiso and Drake.
Plotkin was a four-year starter for DePaul coach Craig Blazer and finished his career in 2009 tied for fifth all-time in games started He was an integral part of the most successful men's soccer class in school history.
"It's an amazing thing, this opportunity to come back so quickly after playing at DePaul less than three years ago," Plotkin said. "I couldn't be more excited."
Plotkin and classmates Steffen Vroom and Patrick Hopkins helped lead DePaul to four consecutive appearances in the BIG EAST Championship tournament, including final four appearances in 2007 and 2008.
Plotkin was a driving force behind the Blue Demons winning their first BIG EAST Red Division title and earning their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2007. What Plotkin, Hopkins, Vroom and their classmates had was a special quality that allowed them to evolve in to a gritty band of overachievers.
"I am thrilled with Mark's return, and he was absolutely the right choice at the time," said DePaul soccer coach Craig Blazer about the four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree. "At Northwestern, he gained valuable coaching experience working with a successful program.
"We're looking forward to Mark implementing what he learned while playing here along with his new ideas from Northwestern. He is going to help get DePaul back to the winning program he played on from 2006 through 2009.
"We know Mark will make a successful and immediate transition with fellow coaches, players, administrators and alumni. Being from the Chicago area, he will also be an outstanding recruiter locally and throughout the Midwest."