Coaching Staff
2016 - 2017 Season

Travis Cooke

Travis Cooke Men's Soccer (518) 629-7328

Travis Cooke is coming off an 11-5-1 season where he earned Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors. He became just the fifth head coach in Hudson Valley men's soccer history when he took the job in July 2006. In 2008, Cooke guided Hudson Valley to a top five ranking in the nation including a number two ranking for four consecutive weeks. Cooke has ten seasons under his belt with the Vikings and an overall mark of 79-69-10 as head coach.

Cooke was a standout player at Maple Hill High School with two state championships. In his high school years, he was a part of the Youth Olympic Development Program at the National, Regional and State levels. At the club level his team West Babylon Panthers won the u-17 National Club Championship in 2000. Cooke was also a part of the Adidas Elite Soccer program during his junior and senior years of before helping the University of Massachusetts to an Atlantic 10 Conference championship in 2001.

Cooke received his bachelor's degree from the University at Albany and currently lives in Castleton. For coaching certifications he has the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and USSF 'D" license. Cooke also does soccer commentating for Time Warner Cable Sports.

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson Men's Lacrosse (518) 894-6269

Matthew Johnson beings his third year as head coach for Hudson Valley's lacrosse program, bringing with him more than a decade of coaching experience from Bethlehem Central High School.

Johnson also is a graduate of Bethlehem High, where he earned the lacrosse league scoring title and All-American honors. He was twice selected Player of the Year there. At University at Albany, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Johnson was a four-year letterman on the lacrosse team and was selected as a nominee for the Tewaaraton Watch List in his final season. He also played box lacrosse for the Akwesasne Indians.

Johnson resides in Delmar with his wife, Corinne, and their son, Caleb.

Alex Jurczynski
Alex Jurczynski Men's Baseball (518) 629-7328

Alex Jurczynski earned Conference Coach of the Year honors for the second consecutive year as interim head coach at Hudson Valley Community College. Prior to Hudson Valley, Jurczynski served as an assistant coach at Oswego State University for one season.

While at Oswego, Jurczynski undertook a variety of responsibilities, including working with catchers, hitters and outfielders.

In addition, Jurczynski also has experience working as an instructor at several different baseball academies and camps, including Navy and Siena College. He is currently Assistant Director of Scouting and VP of Business Development for the Prep Baseball Report of New York.

A native of Schenectady, Jurczynski spent his first two collegiate seasons playing at Mohawk Valley Community College where he helped lead his team to a Final Four berth and captained the team during his sophomore season. He then transferred to Oswego State where he made an immediate impact, catching in all but five games while earning SUNYAC All-Conference accolades. During his senior season, he led his team to a conference championship appearance along with a school record for wins.

Mike Long

Mike Long Men's Basketball (518) 629-7328

Mike Long begins his fourth season as head basketball coach after serving seven seasons as an assistant at the College of Saint Rose. Long is coming off his best finish last season where he earned Region 3 and Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year honors, finishing the 2015-16 season with a 20-10 record.

Long brings to Hudson Valley more than 40 years of coaching experience, starting with his head coaching career at Saint Rose from 1973-86, where he compiled a 164-156 record. Prior to this first head coaching appointment, Long was an assistant coach for the Ft. Sheridan Post Team and then later became the JV coach at his alma mater, Siena College, for a season.

After his tenure at Saint Rose, Long became the head coach at Sage College of Albany from 1990 to 2003. He boasted an impressive 220-143 record in his 13 years, and was named Region III, Division II Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association following the 2001-02 season when Sage finished 27-4. Long also spent time as an assistant coach at the Junior College of Albany from 1986 to 1990 and as the assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy, prior to his return to Saint Rose in 2006.

Long is a member of three different halls of fame: Saint Rose Hall of Fame (1992), Bishop Maginn Hall of Fame (2006) and the New York State Capital District Hall of Fame (2010). The Saint Rose basketball court is named "Mike Long Court," as he is considered "the father of Saint Rose basketball" after developing a program there that dominated the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC) from 1977-84, winning five NAC titles, and posting two consecutive undefeated seasons (1978-80) in conference play. Long was also the 2013 recipient of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame Sam Perkins Sportsmanship award.

Michael Muehling

Michael Muehling Football (518) 629-7196

Mike Muehling enters his sixth season as head coach of the Hudson Valley Community College football program. In 2014, Muehling helped guide the Vikings to an 8-1 overall regular season record, earning a trip to the Salt City Bowl in Hutchinson, Kansas. He served as defensive quality control for two seasons as a member of Head Coach Doug Marrone's staff at Syracuse University before coming to the Vikings in 2011.

Prior to his time at Syracuse, Muehling spent four seasons at Indiana University where he served as offensive quality Control, graduate assistant to the defensive line coach and assistant for strength and conditioning. He also spent one season in the AF2 (Arena Football) at the professional level as an assistant coach and coordinator. More than six years of experience working with student-athletes at the intercollegiate level has fully prepared him with the skill set necessary to be a successful athletic academic coordinator while simultaneously providing oversight and leadership to the football program. Muehling was part of the two coaching staffs that contributed to the revitalization of both Indiana University's and Syracuse University's football programs.

He played intercollegiate football on an academic scholarship at Lindenwood University where he was an Academic All-American and received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Athletic Training. He earned a master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University.

Jay Pokines

Jay Pokines Women's Soccer (518) 629-7328

Jay Pokines has served as head coach of the women's soccer team at Hudson Valley Community College since 2005. He has guided the Vikings to several successful seasons over the years, and continues to build the program. Pokines earned Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2014, after the woman made it to the Regional A Finals, finishing No. 9 in the Nation. He also earned Conference and Region 3 Coach of the Year honors in 2013.

Pokines received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse and currently works full time as a senior landscape architect for the State of New York State, Office of General Services Design and Construction.

He lives in Scotia with his wife, Andrea and their three children.

Sarah Popovics

Sarah Popovics Men's and Women's Cross Country (518) 629-7328

Sarah Popovics joined the Hudson Valley Community College cross country staff in 2011 and became head coach in 2014.

A 2010 graduate of the University at Albany, Popovics competed on the Vikings cross country team in the fall of 2007 where she earned both All-Region and All-Conference honors. She was also a SUNY Chancellors award recipient during her time at Hudson Valley.

Popovics ran a Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:28 in October of 2012 at the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon, and competed in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Joe Prest
Joe Prest Men’s and Women’s Bowling (518) 629-7328

One of the premier bowling personalities in the Capital Region, Joe Prest has coached the Hudson Valley men's bowling team since 1987 and the women's bowling team since 1988.

Prest's men's and women's bowling teams became the first in the region's history to sweep the team titles along with the singles and doubles events at the 2006 Region III Championships. They repeated the feat in 2008.

In 2010, the men's team completed a perfect 30-0 season to go undefeated in the conference. The men also finished second in both the NJCAA championships and Region III Tournament, as well as finishing eighth in the Intercollegiate Sectionals.

Prest led the Hudson Valley women's teams to a 1995 and 2010 NJCAA National Championship and consistently has both teams in the national rankings. He was voted the NJCAA women's bowling coach of the year following the 1995 season and the 2010 season.

Prest was inducted into the NJCAA Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the Troy Bowling Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

He has served as a coach and director of the Hilltop Bowl Junior League program for the past 32 years.

Denise Potenza
Denise Potenza Tennis (518) 629-7328

Denise Potenza joined the Hudson Valley Community College coaching staff as the head Women's Tennis coach in 2011 and most recently captured her third Conference Championship in five seasons in 2015. She guided the Vikings to back-to-back 7-0 regular seasons and Mountain Valley Conference Championships during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 2012 and 2013 teams combined for six singles Regional Championships, one doubles Regional Championship and one singles National Championship. In those two years, Potenza has coached 11 All-Conference selections out of the 12 allotted spots, earning the Paul F. Bishop Coach of the Year Award in both seasons.

Potenza was the number one and number two singles and doubles player at Marist College and SUNY Cortland. She has been a United States Tennis Association (USTA) player for more than twenty years, having played on the USTA women's and mixed doubles teams. In the Fall of 2012, Potenza was inducted in the Watervliet Hall of Fame for her contributions as a tennis standout.

Potenza graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from SUNY Cortland and a master's degree in school counseling from the College of Saint Rose.

Bryan Van Vliet

Bryan Van Vliet Women's Volleyball (518) 629-7328

Bryan Van Vliet enters his fourth season as the volleyball coach for Hudson Valley Community College. Van Vliet was most recently the varsity volleyball head coach at Albany Academy for girls and the varsity track and field head coach at Rensselaer-Doane Stuart.

From 2004-2008, Van Vliet was the Game Day Operations Assistant for the University at Buffalo's women's volleyball team. During his time at the University at Buffalo he also served as the sport club coordinator, assistant sport club director, assistant coach for the men's and women's club volleyball teams, and as a head official for intramural volleyball.

Van Vliet received his bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo and master's at Canisius College. He resides in Castleton with his wife, Chelsea, and two sons.