Notre Dame's victory over Oregon State at Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium) W, 1-0 on September 7, 2012.
Vern Gingerich is set to begin his sixth season as a volunteer assistant coach on the Notre Dame staff in 2013. Among other duties, Gingerich works with Fighting Irish goalkeepers.
Notre Dame has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in Gingerich's first five seasons with the Irish. The Fighting Irish have a combined 59-30-15 record, four NCAA Championship appearances and two BIG EAST titles. Notre Dame goalkeepers have posted 36 shutouts under Gingerich's tutelage.
The Fighting Irish compiled one of the top seasons in the history of the program in 2012 as they won their first seven matches en route to a 17-4-1 record, which signified the most wins for the Irish since 1988. Notre Dame won the BIG EAST Championship and garnered the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. Irish goalkeepers Will Walsh and Patrick Wall teamed up to record nine clean sheets on the season.
After receiving a first-round bye, Notre Dame topped Michigan State, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Championship, yet the Irish saw their outstanding run come to an end with a 2-1 double-overtime setback to eventual national champion Indiana in the tournament's Round of 16.
Notre Dame boasted two first team All-Americans in Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers and that duo was among five Irish players that garnered all-BIG EAST accolades for the '12 season. The Irish produced 22 all-BIG EAST selections in their final five seasons in the league. In addition, Finley was named the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy.
Finley and Powers both were first-round picks in the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft and are among a group of 16 Fighting Irish players to be drafted into the league since Gingerich has been on the staff. That list includes MLS All-Stars Matt Besler and Justin Morrow.
Besler and Morrow established another signature moment for the program when they became the first Notre Dame alums to earn a cap with the United States Senior National Team when they started on the backline during a friendly versus Canada on Jan. 29, 2013. Besler also has earned multiple starts with the U.S. squad during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Gingerich has witnessed other Fighting Irish players experience success on the international level. Powers and Aaron Maund both were members of the United States team that competed at the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. In August of 2010, Powers was named the MVP of the Milk Cup Tournament as he helped lead the U.S. U-20 squad to the title with a 3-0 record. Bright Dike has played in multiple games with the Nigerian National Team and became the first Notre Dame alum to score a goal for a senior national team as he deposited the equalizer in a friendly against Catalonia on Jan. 2, 2013.
During his first season on the Irish staff in 2008, Gingerich helped the Fighting Irish capture the BIG EAST Blue Division title with a 7-2-2 league record. The Irish were 12-7-2 overall and earned the No. 12 seed for the NCAA Championship before falling to Northwestern, 2-1, in the second round. Goalkeepers Andrew Quinn and Philip Tuttle teamed up to post seven shutouts on the season.
Accolades were in store for the Irish during the `08 season. Besler became the first player in program history to be named a first team All-American and first team Academic All-American. In addition, Besler was the first Irish player to be named the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Besler and Dike both were first team all-BIG EAST selections and headlined a group of five Notre Dame players that copped all-league honors.
Besler heard his named called during the 2009 MLS SuperDraft as he was taken with the eighth pick overall by Kansas City. That marked the highest a Fighting Irish player had ever been nabbed in the MLS draft. Besler was named a 2011 MLS All-Star, becoming the first Irish alum to garner that distinction.
Notre Dame posted an 11-8-4 record in 2009 and Quinn and Tuttle combined to record eight clean sheets on the season. After finishing in second place in the BIG EAST Blue Division, Notre Dame missed out on winning the league tournament as the Irish were taken down in penalty kicks by St. John's, 5-3, in the final following a scoreless draw. The Fighting Irish produced a 2-1 win over Green Bay in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championship before falling at Northwestern, 3-1, in the second round.
Six Notre Dame players garnered all-BIG EAST honors in `09. Dike, who led the league in points (26) and goals (11), was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and Michael Thomas, an Academic All-American, joined him on the all-BIG EAST first team.
Dike, Thomas and Morrow all were selected during the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Quinn was not taken in the draft, yet he did sign a contract with DC United.
In 2010, Notre Dame was seeded ninth for the NCAA Championship and saw the season come to an end with a 2-1 overtime setback to Dartmouth in the second round and finished with a 10-6-4 record. The Fighting Irish have received one of the 16 national seeds and a first-round bye for the NCAA Championship three times in the last five seasons.
Five Notre Dame student-athletes received all-BIG EAST accolades for the `10 season. Headlining the honorees were first-team selections Jeb Brovsky and Steven Perry, who led all BIG EAST players in goals with 12 and was tied for the points lead with 28. The senior duo also was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America team.
Brovsky, Perry and Bilal Duckett were picked in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, while Tuttle was taken in the supplemental draft. Tuttle and Walsh combined to notch six shutouts on the season.
Notre Dame registered a 9-5-4 record in 2011 and boasted three all-BIG EAST honorees, including Maund, a first-team selection. Walsh posted six shutouts during the `11 campaign, including four against ranked opponents. Among the ranked foes blanked were No. 1 Connecticut (0-0), No. 3 Louisville (1-0) and No. 15 Indiana (0-0). Maund, Brendan King and Greg Klazura all were drafted into the MLS following the season.
In addition to his duties with the Fighting Irish, Gingerich has been the goalkeepers coach for the Indiana Invaders (PDL) since 2008. He also was the director of goalkeeping for the Michiana Echo (both boys and girls) in 2008.
During the 2007 campaign, he served as goalkeeper coach at Holy Cross College (Notre Dame, Ind.). The Saints posted a 9-8-0 record that season.
Gingerich was an assistant coach/goalkeepers coach for Elkhart Central High School from 2002-06. During that span, the Blue Blazers posted a 72-17-8 record, including a 33-0-3 mark within the Northern Indiana Conference. He mentored several athletes who went on to play at the collegiate level, including Justin Holmes, a goalkeeper who played at the University of New Mexico. Alec Purdie (Indiana), Ruben Garrido (West Virginia) and Jorge Ramirez (IPFW) were other NCAA Division I players that Gingerich coached while at Elkhart Central.
His prep-coaching career began at his alma mater, Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind. Gingerich was the goalkeeper trainer for the Northridge men's team from 1995-97.
Gingerich also possesses a wealth of playing experience. He played goalkeeper at Northridge High School from 1992-93 and went on to play collegiately at Tri-State (Trine) University from 1993-97. In 1997, he was named the team's MVP. Gingerich has played with the Elkhart Futbol League since 1998.
Gingerich is a 1997 graduate of Tri-State University in Angola, Ind. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He and his wife, Jessica, currently reside in Elkhart.