Middletown Rob McAuliffe is now one of the three most decorated coaches in New York State soccer history.
With a 4-0 win by the Chazy Eagles against the Fort Ann Cardinals Nov. 18 in the NYSPHSAA Class D state championships game, McAuliffe skippered his sixth title team since 2004, with other trophies coming in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
McAuliffe was also the first to make sure that the entire Chazy community shared in the glory of another state title.
“I want to thank all of our fans and community for coming down here and traveling with the team throughout the season,” McAuliffe said during the championship ceremony. “You have a great group of boys that you can all be proud of.”
McAuliffe said he feels the dedication that the current players see from their community to the sport has always been a key to the success of Chazy soccer.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child,” he said. “It also does to produce teams like this. This result comes from the effort of the students, the parents, the school and the town along with the coaches. This is much larger than just this team.”
That commitment from the community feeds the students, McAuliffe said, to accomplish great things.
“All of these kids work so very hard and while they are happy to win this title for their team, they are also proud to add to the history of our program,” he said. “They are happy to make the alumni and people of Chazy proud.”
McAuliffe also pointed to the tradition of Eagle soccer.
“You had George Brendler and Tom Tregan who built this program and were great coaches for Chazy,” he said.
Chazy stands only behind Pittsford Mendon (7) in team titles. If that title is won under McAuliffe, it would put him alone atop the state’s coaching title list.
For his part, McAuliffe is hoping it does happen, and soon.
“I do not think that there will be a time, anytime soon, where our goal will be anything less than to win a state championship,” he said.