Plotkin comes to Hanover from Loyola where he served as an assistant coach for three years. Last season with the Ramblers, Plotkin helped coach Loyola to its highest win total since 2008. The Ramblers had one of the best defenses in the country and had the lowest goals against average (.39) and conceded the fewest goals (8) in all of Division I. Plotkin was also a member of the 2014 Coaching Staff of the Year in the Missouri Valley Conference.During his collegiate career, Plotkin was one of the top players in the country at Indiana and in addition to helping lead the Hoosiers to back-
to-back NCAA titles in 2003 and 2004, he was named 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year, First Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America. He was also the runner-up for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top collegiate player.
After graduating from Indiana, Plotkin played three seasons with the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew in the MLS. He also played for the Carolina Rail Hawks in USL-1 after being drafted 20th overall in the 2006 MLS Super Draft. In 2006, Plotkin was named Chicago Fire Educator of the Year and helped the Fire win the 2006 US Open Cup championship. In 2008, Plotkin won the MLS Cup as a member of the Columbus Crew.
Plotkin is a native of Lisle, Ill., and a 2006 graduate of Indiana University. He played high school soccer at Naperville North High School where he was a Parade Magazine All-American in 2001.