George Mason University, changing the emphasis of its soccer program, will announce Monday the successor to Dick Broad, the Patriots' coach for nine years. Broad was notified Wednesday that his contract will not be renewed when it expires June 30 because of "philosophical differences" with Athletic Director Jack Kvancz, specifically recruiting emphasis and practice intensity.
Kvancz said he thought Broad should have concentrated on getting the top local players and letting them enjoy college life.
"I want to win, but I also feel that with student athletes, 'students' have to be underlined," said Kvancz, who cited too many offseason practices and weekend tournaments.
He also said Broad recruited too much outside of the area.
"I think that where our differences lie is that Mr. Kvancz would prefer a less-intense program," said Broad. "I felt we needed to expand the scholastic and recruiting parameters. I felt we needed to recruit as many local players as we could, but (we also) needed to go outside the area for players of national-team stature."
Thirteen of the 38 players on the 1984 roster were from Northern Virginia or Maryland. Five players, including junior second-team all-America Mike Reynolds, were from Canada. There are also three players from Texas, two from Jamaica.
"If we could field a team of 10 of the top players from just Northern Virginia, we would be contenders for the national championship year in and year out," said Broad. "However, a number of them want to go away from home."
Kvancz said he had no arguments with Broad's ability to produce a successful program -- an 86-53-17 record with two NCAA appearances, in 1982 and 1984. The Patriots have been ranked in the top 20 for the past four years.
"I never questioned his integrity," said Kvancz. "He should get credit for the job he's done. He's made the program grow. And personally, he and I get along."
The players said the coaching change will force them to adjust.
"We have to prove ourselves all over again," said junior forward Mike Jung, a walk-on from Hicksville, N.Y. Jung, a tri-captain with Canadians Fred Thompson and Reynolds, admitted the intensity of the program was difficult, and added, "Every once in a while it does get kind of tiring, but it's a year-round sport."
The Patriots went undefeated (17-0) in the 1982 regular season before losing to Virginia in the Virginia Intercollegiate League final and then to Duke, 2-0, in the NCAA quarterfinals. Mason had a 15-4-3 record last fall, losing to American University, 2-1, in the NCAA's first round.