Roland guided the Knights to their second NCAA Tournament bid since 1989 in the fall of 2001. They made the most of that opportunity with three consecutive upsets of nationally recognized programs to advance to the Elite Eight. They took eventual national champion North Carolina into triple overtime before falling 3-2, but earned the college soccer world's respect as a program that would be a force for years to come. The Knights finished 17-7-0 overall and were rewarded with a No. 11 ranking in the season's NSCAA final national ranking.
Roland was named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after becoming only the second coach in NCAA soccer history to lead teams to the NCAA tournament at the Division I, II, and III levels. He is the first ever to have achieved that with three different institutions and first to have all three teams ranked among the top 15 in the final national poll.
The 2000 season saw Roland guide the Knights to their first NCAA Tournament since 1989, as well as their first NEC championship in 11 seasons. FDU posted a 13-8-1 overall record, the program's highest win total since 1989, and took the NEC regular season title with a record of 8-2-0. Roland was rewarded by being voted NEC Coach of the Year by his peers.
During his first season in 1997, the Knights started six freshmen, three sophomores, one junior and one senior. The youthful squad went on to post a 10-8-2 mark overall and finished the conference schedule second with a 4-1-1 record and a berth in the conference tournament. After a 1-0 win against Monmouth in the semifinals, the Knights fell 1-0 to LIU in the NEC Championship game.
His second season brought in a talented mix of players that competed in one of the school's toughest soccer schedules to date, playing six teams ranked in the nation's top-25 and losing by just one goal in four contests.
While competing at this level, the Knights succeeded in the NEC, finishing second with a 6-2-1 record. A 120-minute, two-overtime affair against Central Connecticut State in the NEC semifinal knocked Fairleigh Dickinson from the tournament, 2-1, and ended the Knights' season with a 7-11-2 overall mark.
The program remained on track to reach its goals in 1999 as Roland continued to expand recruiting on the international frontier. The roster included players from Lithuania, Israel, Canada, Colombia, Aruba and Spain. Roland led that team to a 10-5-4 record, his second 10-win season in three years, and a 7-1-2 mark in NEC play. After a 10-year absence from the regional rankings, the 1999 squad finished the season ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic region.
After 16 years at FDU and 26 years overall as a head coach, Roland's career coaching record now stands at 290-174-52, a .612 winning percentage.In 1992, Roland became the top assistant to Al Albert at the College of William and Mary. During his tenure, he was part of the most successful era in the school's long soccer history. During the five years he was in Williamsburg, Va., the Tribe won two Colonial Athletic Association Tournament championships, four regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times, with two trips to the Sweet Sixteen and a 1996 trip to the Elite Eight.
In his last three seasons at William and Mary, the Tribe was the only school in the nation to win 18 or more games in those three years. In Roland's final year, the team finished 20-3-1 and was ranked No. 4 in the country.
From 1987-92, Roland was the head coach at the University of Bridgeport and led the Purple Knights to three Division II playoff bids, including the 1990 quarterfinals and top-10 rankings in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Roland completed his five years at Bridgeport with a mark of 67-27-7.
Roland began his full-time head coaching career when, at age 24, he was appointed to the position at Christopher Newport University. He led the Captains from 1982-87, taking CNU to its first Division III playoff appearance during the 1986 season while finishing ranked 10th in the nation.
In his five years at Christopher Newport, Roland accumulated a 53-37-5 record.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Roland was a three-year starter in the midfield. He was honored by being selected to play in four Maccabiah Games for the United States - winning silver in 1981 - and he coached the U.S. team in 1993, 1997 and 2009 - leading the squad to a bronze medal in the summer of 1993.
Roland resides in Tenafly, N.J. with his daughters Hannah and Laura, his son Daniel, and his wife Julia.
Fairleigh Dickinson men's soccer head coach Seth Roland has announced the addition of David Janezic as the program's new assistant coach. Janezic brings more than 20 years of club, collegiate and professional coaching and playing experience to his new position with the Knights.
Janezic served three seasons as an assistant coach for the NJIT Highlanders in Newark, New Jersey. During his time at NJIT, the Highlanders reached new heights when they were ranked for seven weeks in a row by the NSCAA Southeast Region. The Highlanders also were garnered with the Sun Belt Conference offensive and Defensive "Player of the Year" awards during the 2014-15 Season.
Prior to NJIT, Janezic was the head coach at Brookdale Community College for the 2012 season leading the Jersey Blues men's soccer team to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament. He was named coach of the year for both Region XIX and the GSAC as his team finished the season ranked 9th in the final national poll.
At the same time, Janezic was also coaching the USSDA U15/16 Academy and the NJSA04-United States Development Academy. He also served as the Director of Coaching for the Hazlet Soccer Association from 2002 to 2009 before returning to collegiate coaching as an assistant at Caldwell College. His collegiate coaching career began in 1997 as an assistant at his alma mater, Monmouth (1997-2001).
Janezic played for Monmouth from 1992-96 where he was Captain and Team MVP, and after graduation saw professional action with the Philadelphia Kixx (Indoor) and the Central Jersey Riptide (Outdoors).
David and his wife Maryann, reside in Ocean, NJ with daughter Macy Quinn and son's Landon Robert and Hudson Christopher.
FDU Head Coach Seth Roland has restored the glory days of Fairleigh Dickinson soccer, vaulting the program into sustained national prominence and earning a reputation as a plucky giant-killer.
During his 18-year tenure, Roland has also secured a place in Knights' history as the program's winningest coach ever, despite going out of his way each year to schedule the toughest possible opponents around the country.
In 2012, the Knights advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, capturing the program's eighth Northeast Conference championship, while knocking off No. 18 St. John's and No. 8 overall seed Saint Louis, both storied programs. The Cinderella run ended with a thrilling 1-0 overtime loss at defending national champion North Carolina in a contest that easily could have gone either way.
The 2012 postseason run was FDU's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance under Roland. Along the way, Roland surpassed the career win total of Ben Stravato, who led FDU to 154 victories during his time in Teaneck. The program's march back to national prestige began in 2001, when the Knights won the NEC championship and steamrolled three nationally-ranked rivals to reach the Elite Eight. In a foreshadowing of things to come, FDU's improbable run was halted in triple overtime, 3-2, by North Carolina, who went on to win the national title.
The Knights finished 2012 with an overall record of 11-6-6, while finishing in second place in the NEC regular season race with a record of 6-1-3. In addition, FDU was ranked No. 20 in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire Rankings.
Roland has guided the program to 14 NEC Tournament semifinal appearances. Under his tutelage, the Knights clinched four-straight NEC tournament championships (2001-04) and reached the prestigious NCAA Elite Eight (2001). He has guided the Knights to six NEC championships and four NEC regular season titles.
All totaled with Roland at the helm, the Knights are 94-33-22 in NEC play. FDU won the Northeast Conference championship in 2008, posting a league-record 7-2 margin of victory in the title game. The Knights' automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament matched them up against Boston University in Boston, Mass., where FDU fell in the first round to the Terriers, 1-0.
Ranking as high as No. 15 in the nation in 2006, FDU fell in only one conference game, posting an NEC record of 6-1-2. The Knights posted a 12-5-1 overall record under Roland in 2005, notching a 10-win season for the seventh straight year. FDU was ranked as high as No. 7 nationally, getting of to its best start since 1975, going undefeated in its first eight games.
Roland led the Knights to their sixth-straight 10-win season in 2004, finishing 10-8-1 overall and advancing to the NEC Championship game for the fifth consecutive year after capturing a fourth NEC regular season crown in five years. They went on to finish the season with a No. 9 ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
In 2003, the Knights became the first team in league history to win four straight Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament titles and captured a third NEC regular season crown in four years. They posted a 14-5-1 record and made a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament to end up ranked No. 23 in the final NSCAA/Adidas national poll and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
In 2002, Roland's Knights made the program's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning their third straight NEC Tournament with a pair of shootout wins. They were selected to host the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1984. The Knights didn't disappoint as they won another thrilling shootout over the Holy Cross Crusaders to advance to the second round against No. 3 St. John's. They eventually fell to the Red Storm, but not before taking them into double-overtime of a 2-1 loss and finishing the year at 11-5-7.
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