MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College head women's soccer coach, Amanda Fancher, announced the addition of former Syracuse University midfielder and Herkimer County CC standout, Korab Syla, as assistant coach to the women's program this spring.
"Korab is exactly what we need on our staff for our growing program," commented Fancher.
"He is patient, calming and carries a plethora of experience forward into our program. Above all else, he has the desire to teach."
Prior to Morrisville State College, Syla served as a volunteer assistant at Colgate University for the 2017 season.
Syla, born in Kukes, Albania, is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse University where he was a two year member of the Orange men's soccer team as an outside midfielder. He appeared in 41 games throughout his career at Syracuse, making 21 starts.
During his senior season, he assisted the Orange in capturing the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship Tournament Title, advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA College Cup. Syla was named the 2015 Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Central New York Classic, also earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Prior to his career at Syracuse, Syla had a stellar two-year playing stint with Herkimer County Community College where he led the Generals to back-to-back NJCAA Division III National Titles and consecutive Region III Championships.
Named the 2012 NJCAA National Player of the Year after registering 33 points on six goals and 21 assists, Syla was also recognized with NSCAA All-East and All-America First team accolades. Syla also received recognition at the conference and regional level, earning All-Mountain Valley and All-Region III honors. Over the course of his two year career with the Generals in the midfield, he registered 16 goals and 25 assists.
Syla finished his playing career with a professional stint in Albania in 2016.
Syla graduated from Syracuse with a bachelor in science degree in child and family studies. He was named to the spring 2014 Syracuse University Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
"Korab is the final touch we need to bring our program together," Fancher stated.
Morrisville State completed the 2017 season with a 6-10-1 overall record, posting their first winning season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) with a 6-3-1 slate, and appearing in the post-season for the first time in program history.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.