The sixth-winningest active Division I head men's soccer coach by victories (382) and the eighth-winningest by percentage (.700), Dr. Dave Masur (382-140-82) enters the 2015 season having reached unprecedented success in collegiate soccer throughout his 24 years at the helm of the St. John's program and 28 seasons as a head coach. In his tenure, St. John's has won a national championship (1996), made four appearances in the NCAA College Cup (1996, 2001, 2003 and 2008) and reached 20 NCAA Tournaments, including 15-straight from 1992-2006. A testament to the program's consistent success, the Red Storm was the only program in the nation to reach 10-consecutive NCAA Tournament Rounds of 16 from 1996-2005. With Masur on the sidelines, the Red Storm has also won a conference-record nine BIG EAST Tournament titles as well as six BIG EAST regular season crowns, and has earned 22 BIG EAST Tournament berths.
Masur has instilled a team-first focus and an emphasis on group leadership and overall preparation to a St. John's program that has risen to the upper echelon of collegiate soccer. The Red Storm has garnered numerous team, individual and academic achievements, and Masur has guided the squad to an average of nearly 14 wins per season.
Individual accomplishments are as varied for Masur as they are for the many highly decorated players he has coached. The Montclair, N.J., native has twice been named national coach of the year - by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 1996 and by Soccer America in 2001. He is also a two-time collegiate All-American, a three-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year and a six-time Northeast Region Coach of the Year. Masur is also a member of the St. John's University, Rutgers University, Columbia High School, New Jersey Soccer and Columbia Soccer halls of fame.
Chris Wingert won the 2003 Hermann Trophy as the nation's top collegiate player to highlight an impressive list of individual student-athlete honors with Masur at the helm. Red Storm players have combined for 14 All-America, 60 All-Region and 93 All-BIG EAST selections in his tenure, and 15 players have been selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
In addition to his work on the sidelines, Masur has also practiced what he has preached and delivered a positive message in the classroom. He holds a doctorate in education administration supervision from St. John's, an M.A. in physical education from Montclair State and a B.S. in sports management from Rutgers and has instilled his value of education to each of the hundreds of players he has coached.
Team leaders Wingert and Matt Groenwald have embodied the St. John's philosophy of "Win. Graduate. Serve." as both were named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans of the Year. Since CoSIDA began awarding Academic All-America and Academic All-District honors, Red Storm players have racked up 19 All-District and nine All-America selections. Wingert and Groenwald earned Academic All-America honors three times each, while Jeff Stepan earned Academic All-America accolades twice. As a team, the squad has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award 10 times.
The 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in program-history highlighted the 2013 season as St. John's advanced to the Second Round and posted an 11-7-2 record. Tim Parker earned first team All-BIG EAST honors as the squad had four all-conference selections for the second-straight season. St. John's also had three players earn NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors for the second-straight season as Parker, a first team honoree, was joined by third team selections Rafael Diaz and Jimmy Mulligan. The team also earned its 10th NSCAA Team Academic Award, while Mulligan garnered third team NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America accolades.
St. John's finished 10-5-4 in 2012 and capped the season by advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons and 19th time in program-history. Led by a quartet of All-BIG EAST selections, including first teamers Jack Bennett and Rafael Diaz, and second team honorees Tim Parker and Jamie Thomas, the Red Storm posted eight shutouts and a 0.75 goals against average. Bennett, Diaz and Parker also earned NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors as the Red Storm garnered its most all-region selections since 2008.
A conference-record ninth BIG EAST Tournament crown highlighted a 2011 season that also featured the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Connor Lade earned both first team NSCAA All-Region and second team All-BIG EAST honors and Pablo Punyed was named the BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year, the fourth St. John's player to earn the award. Masur recorded both his 350th head coaching win and his 300th St. John's win as the squad finished with a 14-7-2 mark. Lade signed a homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls following the season, while Punyed and Walter Hines were both selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft.
St. John's finished 10-6-2 in 2010 and had four players earn All-BIG EAST honors, including first team selection Tadeu Terra. Second team NSCAA All-Region and third team All-BIG EAST selection Connor Lade led a defense that posted 10 shutouts, while goalkeeper Rafael Diaz earned both second team Soccer America All-Freshman honors and BIG EAST All-Rookie accolades.
St. John's won its conference-record eighth BIG EAST Tournament title in 2009 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in program history. Five All-BIG EAST selections, including one first team honoree and four second team choices, helped lead the squad to a 9-3-9 record. In a 2-0 win against Georgetown on Sept. 18, the night St. John's unveiled new mascot Johnny Thunderbird, the attendance of 2,518 set a new Belson Stadium record.
The 2008 season featured the fourth College Cup appearance in program-history, a BIG EAST regular season title and a No. 4 ranking in the season's final NSCAA poll. Joel Gustafsson earned both All-America and All-Region honors, and was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, while Nelson Becerra earned All-Region honors and was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. A total of six players earned All-BIG EAST honors to pace the squad to a 19-3-3 mark. Stalwart defense and stellar goalkeeping gave the team a school-record and nation-leading 16 shutouts. Capped by three home wins in the NCAA Tournament, the Red Storm finished the year with a 12-0-0 record at Belson Stadium. St. John's earned its trip to the College Cup with a 3-2 overtime win against then-No. 12 Indiana, a game in which the Red Storm erased a 2-0 deficit with less than ten minutes in regulation.
In its run to the 2006 BIG EAST Tournament title, the Red Storm established a new school-record with seven-straight shutouts and defeated then-No. 2 West Virginia, 1-0, with 4.4 seconds left in overtime to earn a 15th-consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2005 team reached the NCAA Round of 16 for the 10th-straight season and finished with an 11-6-5 record, including a 4-1-2 mark against ranked teams. The Red Storm led the league with five All-BIG EAST selections, including three first team choices and two second team honorees, and Jason Landers became St. John's first-ever BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.
A trip to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals capped a 2004 season in which the Red Storm finished 12-6-4.
The Red Storm made its third College Cup appearance in 2003 and finished with a 17-6-3 record. With wins over perennial national powers UC Santa Barbara, Creighton and Maryland, St. John's faced familiar foe Indiana again in the national championship. The Hoosiers scored twice in the first 20 minutes of the match and held on to win by a final score of 2-1.
The opening of Belson Stadium highlighted a 2002 season in which St. John's also reached No. 1 in the national rankings. St. John's played then-No. 1 Wake Forest to a 1-1 draw in front of a sellout crowd of 2,242 in the first game at Belson.
After the program's eighth and ninth-straight NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000, the 2001 team won the BIG EAST Tournament championship and advanced to the College Cup. The Red Storm won six-consecutive postseason contests and defeated then-No. 1 Southern Methodist to advance to the national semifinals against Indiana. The Hoosiers prevailed, 2-1, in overtime to avenge a 1-0 season-opening win by St. John's.
Records continued to be broken in 1998 when the Red Storm set a BIG EAST Conference mark with the fifth tournament championship in program history.
St. John's won a second-straight BIG EAST regular season title in 1997 as the team went 9-1-1 in league play and finished 18-4-2 overall. The Red Storm posted a school-record 15 shutouts and allowed just 13 goals in 24 games on its way to the second-highest win total in school history.
The 1996 team set new single-season records for wins (22), goals (80), assists (88) and points (248) on its way to the first NCAA national championship in St. John's University history and a BIG EAST regular season title. St. John's handled Florida International, 4-1, in the championship game to cap a 22-2-2 season.
A stellar run of success immediately followed Masur's arrival in 1991, as the Red Storm won a then-program record 12 games in his first season. In 1992, St. John's won its first-ever BIG EAST Tournament championship and made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm followed that up with BIG EAST Tournament titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995 as part of a run of four-straight tournament crowns.
Prior to his remarkable success at St. John's, Masur began his career as a head coach at Montclair State in 1987. As a rookie coach, Masur nearly doubled the team's win total from the season before, finishing with a 7-5-2 overall mark. Montclair State went 17-4-3 and won the ECAC New York-New Jersey Regional Championship in 1988 and followed that up with a 13-8-1 record, a New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1989. In his final season at Montclair State in 1990, Masur led the Redhawks to a 16-4-0 overall record and its second berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Masur began his coaching career at his alma mater, Rutgers University, in 1984. He was an assistant to his former coach Bob Reasso for two seasons before taking the job at Montclair State.
Following his graduation from Rutgers, Masur was drafted by the New York Cosmos and went on to play professionally with the Chicago Sting, Toledo Pride, New Jersey Eagles, Penn Jersey Spirit and New Jersey Imperials.
As a player at Rutgers, Masur was a two-time All-American and just the third soccer player in school history to be inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame. The only Scarlet Knight player to be named an All-American in back-to-back seasons, Masur earned national distinction in 1983 and 1984, as well as all-region honors from 1982-84.
As part of a playing career at Columbia High School, Masur was a Parade All-American and earned New Jersey State Player of the Year accolades.
Masur, and his wife, Shannon, have three daughters, Samantha, Jessica and Sidney, and a son, Christopher David. They reside in Montclair, N.J.