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Brian Plotkin, a two-time NCAA champion at Indiana University and former professional player for the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS), is in his first year as an assistant men's soccer coach at Loyola University Chicago. Plotkin is the first hire for Neil Jones' inaugural staff at Loyola.
"I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the staff at Loyola," Jones said. "Brian brings to Loyola some impressive credentials both as a collegiate player at Indiana, where he was a two-time national champion and an All-American, and as a professional, when he competed in the MLS, the highest level of soccer in the United States. His connections with the top high school and club teams in the Chicago area should prove to be a tremendous asset as we build a championship-caliber program. In addition to all of his impressive accomplishments, Brian is an outstanding fit for Loyola because of his character and ability to develop young men both on and off the field. "
Plotkin has gained coaching experience as an academy assistant coach and high school staff coach for Sockers FC, and he also served on the staff for six years, including one as assistant director of coaching for the Chicago Fire Juniors, where he oversaw 30 boys and girls teams in local, state, and regional competitions.
During his collegiate playing days, Plotkin was one of the top players in the country at Indiana and in addition to helping lead the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2003 and 2004, was named 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America, and was the runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player.
Upon graduation, Plotkin played three seasons with the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew in MLS, as well as with the Carolina RailHawks in USL-1 after being drafted 20th overall in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. During his MLS career, the midfielder was named 2006 Chicago Fire Educator of the Year and helped the squad to the 2008 MLS Cup and 2006 US Open Cup championships.
A native of Lisle, Ill., and a graduate of Indiana University, Plotkin enjoyed a storied career at Naperville North High School where he was a PARADE Magazine All-American in 2001.