JOHNSTOWN - For the first time since the turn of the century, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men's soccer team will have a new coach.
FMCC Athletic Director Kevin Jones recently announced Donn Truax has been appointed head coach for the Raiders. Truax takes over for Chris Rogers, who coached the team since 2000.
"I am excited about taking on the head men's soccer coach position and have a strong desire and commitment to bring this program to the next level," Truax said in a news release. "I anticipate great strides in Raider men's soccer this season."
Truax, a Scotia native, played professionally for one season for the Albany Alleycats and two seasons with the Charlotte Eagles in Charlotte, N.C. He was a defender on the Eagles squad that was crowned USL (United Soccer Leagues) National Champions.
Truax spent two seasons as the assistant coach with Covenant Day School in Charlotte, where he led the men's team to the state championship in 2005. He is familiar with the FMCC athletic programs, having spent two seasons as the assistant coach for the Lady Raiders under former head coach Rich Monroe.
"There is a lot of local talent here in Fulton County and I'd like to be able to showcase those players as well as add in some international talent to complement," Truax said in the release. "The key is team discipline and commitment. When I was assistant coach for the Lady Raiders in 2010, our team was comprised primarily of inexperienced players; however, the ladies worked hard to develop a level of trust and chemistry. What they lacked in experience, they made up for by working together, and they were ultimately able to frustrate some elite regional teams. I hope to foster this same team chemistry as we rebuild the men's program this season."
Truax will be assisted on the sidelines by Monroe when the 2013 season kicks off in September.