NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield High School boys soccer coach Eric Korytkowski has been named 2022 Boys Fall New England small public school classification High School Coach of the Year by United Soccer Coaches.
A Westerly native who has led the Division II team since 2015, “Coach K.,” also serves as coordinator for the junior varsity program and as assistant coach for the boys basketball varsity and junior varsity teams.
No stranger to recognition, Korytkowski was also the National Federation of State High School Associations state coach of the year for boys soccer for the 2019-20 school year.
A graduate from the University of Tampa Korytkowski briefly coached freshman basketball at Stonington High School in Connecticut before coming to North Smithfield. While the Northmen soccer team has yet to bring home the title under the coach, he’s brought them to the title game three out of the past five years and led to the program’s first undefeated regular season in its 43 year history in 2022.
He was notified of the USC honor in a note on Sunday, Dec. 11.
“Congratulations on this important recognition for you and your high school program,” noted USC.
“A huge accomplishment for The Northmen coaching staff,” noted Northmen Soccer in reaction to the recognition. “Honored and humbled to receive such a great honor Northmen Soccer.”
Athletic Director Matthew Tek congratulated the coach on Twitter.
“A well deserved honor for a great coach and more importantly an incredible human being,” Tek noted. “So proud of all that you have accomplished and honored to call you my friend.”