West Virginia (1991)
Paul Marco begins his eighth season as the head soccer coach at Binghamton University. Under his guidance, the Bearcats have been transformed from a team that won just two games the year before his arrival into a rising power on the national scene. Marco has led Binghamton to two America East Conference titles (2003 and 2006), two America East regular season titles (2006 and 2007) and a conference-record six consecutive appearances in the America East championship game (2003-present).
As the Bearcats have made their place among the elite squads in the conference, they have also gained attention in the national polls. In four of the past six seasons, Binghamton has either received votes or been ranked in both the NSCAA/adidas and College Soccer News weekly polls.
Under Marco's guidance, the Bearcats have excelled just as much in the classroom as they have on the playing field. The 2007 team posted the highest combined GPA in the nation (3.37) out of over 200 programs. The Binghamton 2005 squad had the third-highest combined GPA among all NCAA Division I men's soccer programs (3.30) and the 2006 team was ranked fourth (3.26). Individually, Binghamton has had one COSIDA Academic All-American and eight NSCAA Scholar All-Americans since Marco became the head coach.
Two years ago, Binghamton moved into the 2,534-seat Bearcats Sports Complex and have since ranked among the top Division I programs in the nation in home attendance. The Bearcats were No. 21 in the nation during the 2007 campaign and No. 20 last year.
Heading into the 2009 season, Marco has a record of 76-44-28 (.608), and has gone 28-12-10 (.650) against America East opponents. He has posted six consecutive winning seasons and has steered the Bearcats to an 16-7-1 record in conference games the past three years.
In 2007, Marco led the Bearcats to a 14-6-0 record as well as its second straight America East regular season title. In the process, the Bearcats became the first regular season repeat champion in 13 years. Even more impressive was the Bearcats' fifth straight title game appearance--a feat accomplished just one other time in America East history. Furthermore, Binghamton's 14 wins was its highest total since 1993. Marco was named the America East Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
The previous year, Marco guided the Bearcats to their first-ever America East Conference regular season title as well as to their second tournament title in four years. Binghamton earned its second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament and faced No. 17 Harvard in the first round.
In 2003, Marco led the squad to its first-ever America East Championship after the squad was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. Binghamton stunned No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 1-0 in overtime at No. 7 St. Louis in the second round. The Bearcats were the first team receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas season-ending Top 25 poll and Marco was named the New York State Region Coach of the Year
Recruiting top-notch players has been a major key to Marco's quick success at Binghamton. Including this season's recruiting class, he had landed four NSCAA High School All-Americans, four Junior College All-Americans and several international players who have been instrumental the past five seasons.
Prior to his arrival at Binghamton, Marco was the head coach at West Virginia from 1996-2001. During his tenure, he guided the Mountaineers to a record of 47-62-4. His best season was in 1999, when West Virginia went 13-5-1 and received the third seed in the Big East Championship tournament. That year, Marco was named the Big East Coach of the Year. In addition, Marco's 1998 team also advanced to the conference tournament, posting an 11-8-1 mark.
Before taking over the head coaching reigns in 1997, Marco served as the Mountaineers' assistant coach from 1992-95, helping lead the program to an Atlantic 10 conference championship and NCAA tournament berth in 1992.
A former Division I player for West Virginia, Marco led the program to one of its finest seasons in school history in 1990. His 12 points steered the team to a 12-5-1 record -the best mark in 23 years.
In 1991, Marco graduated cum laude from West Virginia with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He is teacher certified in grades K-12. Marco also received his master's degree from the University in 1994 in physical education/athletic coaching.
Besides holding a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma, a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) "B" License, Marco has been a member of the NSCAA national staff for 13 years. Four years ago, he was promoted to the NSCAA Senior Staff. In that capacity, Marco has taught various levels of the NSCAA academy curriculum courses, and has published numerous articles. Most recently, he served as vice president of the Big East Soccer Coaches for three years.
Marco and his wife, Sheryl, have two children. They reside in Endicott.
Muhlenberg College (1998)
Sean Topping was named head coach of the Muhlenberg men’s soccer team in the summer of 2002 and has led the Mules to a 108-48-17 record, two Centennial Conference championships and four NCAA bids in his nine seasons. The mules have participated in the Centennial Conference tournament ever year since it began.
Topping's 2010 squad went 13-3-6 and started the season with the longest unbeaten streak in program history. They didn't lose a game until the last week of the season. The 2010 team advanced to the CC final game before losing in double overtime. They received an at large bid to the NCAA tournament and advanced all the way to the Sweet 16.
Topping’s 2003 squad went 9-0 in the CC, won the league championship and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2005, Muhlenberg was ranked as high as 13th in Division III and won the conference title as the third seed.
The 2007 team finished in a three-way tie for the CC regular-season title and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009, the Mules won the CC regular-season title with a 7-1-1 record and earned the right to host the playoffs. They were ranked as high as 18th in Division III.
A 1998 graduate of Muhlenberg, Topping was a four-year letterwiner for the Mules and and co-captain of the 1997 Centennial Conference championship team. He was named to the All-CC first team as a back in 1996 and as a midfielder in 1997 and earned all-region honors both seasons.
Topping served as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg in 1999 and 2000 and was head men’s and women’s coach at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, during the 2001-02 school year.
Topping holds the premier and the master coach diplomas from the NSCAA. Topping has been an associate staff coach of the NSCAA since 2005 teaching many state and regional courses.
Brian Gill was hired in December 2016 and is in his first year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team.
"I am thrilled to welcome Brian to our staff at Penn," said Penn's James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer, Rudy Fuller, at the time of Gill's hiring. "I have known Brian for almost ten years and have admired his work at Georgetown and elsewhere. We have always discussed the possibility of working together at some point, and it's great to finally get that opportunity."
Gill came to Penn after spending seven seasons at Georgetown University as an assistant coach. He helped lead the Hoyas to a 16-2-3 mark in 2015, including a perfect mark in Big East play and a program-record 18-match unbeaten streak.
"First, I would like to thank Coach Fuller for the opportunity he has given me to become a part of the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program," said Gill. "I am excited to get working alongside him, the rest of the staff, and the team to continue the strong soccer tradition that exists here. I would also like to thank Coach Brian Wiese, Zach Samol, and all the players at Georgetown for some great experiences and memories over the years."
In 2012, Gill helped guide the Hoyas to the NCAA College Cup final after the Hoyas started the year unranked. GU finished the year at 19-4-3, setting a school record in wins and earning the No. 3 seed in the national tournament.
"Brian is widely considered one of the top young coaches in the country, and has been an integral part of the Hoya program and their success over the past seven years," said Fuller. "His experience at Georgetown and in the Big East Conference will allow him to make an immediate and valuable impact on our team. Brian is a winner with a tremendous track record of recruiting and developing student-athletes, and I am excited to begin working with him to help our program reach new heights in the years ahead."
During his tenure at Georgetown, Gill coached 14 players that signed with a Major League Soccer (MLS) squad, one MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, nine All-Americans, 22 regional All-Americans, nine Big East Players of the Year, and 30 All-Big East honorees, as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Academically, one Academic All-American, one Big East Scholar-Athlete and one Elite89 Award winner have played under Gill's tutelage.
Prior to spending time in the nation's capital, Gill spent one season at Seattle University (2009) and two seasons at Lafayette College in nearby Easton, Pa. (2007-2008).
Gill currently holds a USSF 'B' License as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a National Goalkeepers Diploma.
As a player, Gill was a two-time team MVP at Rider University and helped the team reach the MAAC Championship match in 2000 and 2003. He also played goalkeeper for the Brooklyn Knights of USL's Premier Development League from 2001-13.
Gill graduated magna cum laude from Rider with a degree in secondary education and history. He earned his master's degree at Georgetown in sports industry management.
Kenny Murphy, a former assistant soccer coach at Brown University, was named head men's soccer coach at Connecticut College in June of 2009. Murphy, who played two years of professional soccer, spent 16 years on Wall Street as a successful commodities broker before joining Brown's soccer program in 2003.
At Brown, Murphy's teams earned four NCAA Tournament Berths, capturing three Ivy League Championship Crowns along the way. Under the direction of Brown's head coach, Murphy coordinated recruiting efforts, played an active role in fundraising and assisted with academic counseling for a program that consistently ranks among the nation's top 10 percent for academics.
An advocate for the game at all age levels, Murphy plays an active role with the Bruno United FC youth soccer club in Providence, RI, where he is a member of the board of directors and serves as head coach of the under 17 team. Murphy's name is well known within the soccer community in the Nutmeg State. A 1982 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Murphy contributed to three NCAA Tournament Berths with the Huskies, serving as team captain on the 1979 squad. A two-time All-New England selection, Murphy represented his team at the Senior Bowl in 1980.
At the conclusion of his playing career at UCONN, Murphy played two years of professional soccer with the Detroit Express and Washington Diplomats of the North American Soccer League before a knee injury ended his career. He went on to earn his Master's degree from Sacred Heart University in 1986.
Murphy and his wife Pam have two daughters, Kahley and Erin.
Rob Nydick begins his first season as Head Coach for the men's soccer program. Nydick is the 6th head coach in the program’s history as an NCAA Division III sport, and will also serve as the transportation and scheduling coordinator for the department.
“Rob brings a level of knowledge and experience that has the potential to return our program to previous levels of competition,” offers Shirley Liddle. Arcadia’s last automatic NCAA tournament bid was two years ago, and the team returns a strong line-up for 2009. “Rob also brings a refreshingly positive personality, enthusiasm and work ethic that will impress everyone who meets him. His ability to recruit in this area will be a clear asset, as well as his reputation, which is excellent.”
“I am extremely excited and honored to take over the position of Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Arcadia University,” Nydick exclaims. “Everything about Arcadia University was very appealing to me and having a chance to meet and speak with the current members of the team really made me feel that this was an extraordinary opportunity. Arcadia University combines strong academics, a great location, tradition-rich athletics, and a vibrant campus environment, making it a very enjoyable atmosphere to be part of. I am eager to begin working to give all the members of the program the best experience possible, and I have no doubt that they are ready to begin working toward that same goal.”
During 2008, Nydick served as first assistant coach at Division III Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J., where he helped to guide the Ducks to an Empire 8 Conference Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks, advancing to their first NCAA Championship match in the program’s history, faced Commonwealth Conference champion Messiah College, losing to the Falcons in Penalty Kicks. Nydick also fulfilled duties as the department’s equipment manager while at Stevens Tech.
Before joining the Duck’s staff, Nydick served a two-year stint at Division I Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J., where he assisted in all facets of the Scarlet Knight program, including instruction and development of goaltenders.
Prior to 2006, Nydick spent one season as an assistant coach at Division II East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa. While there, his responsibilities were similar to those at Rutgers. Moreover, Nydick served as a professor at ESU in the Lifetime Fitness Department.
Nydick's ties with East Stroudsburg and its soccer team date as far back as his undergraduate days. Nydick transferred to ESU after playing for one year at North Carolina Wesleyan College. During his three seasons with the Warriors, Nydick was a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship team, which reached the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
In addition to his coaching experiences at East Stroudsburg, Rutgers, and Stevens Tech, Nydick has coached many club soccer teams in a variety of areas. He has worked with the Lehigh Valley Magic, East Stroudsburg Soccer Club, Orange County (Fla.) Soccer Club, New Jersey Boys ODP and the Ironbound Soccer Club, which is based out of Newark, N.J.
Nydick holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from East Stroudsburg, and went on to earn his master's degree in Sport Management from ESU. Off the field, Nydick is a certified strength and conditioning coach with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The men’s soccer program at Arcadia posted a 20-30-6 mark over the past three years and last made a post-season appearance in the Fall of 2006, when the team captured the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, the team competed as members of the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation, commonly known as the MAC, before the program transitioned to the MAC’s Commonwealth Conference in 2008. Over those two years, the Knights went 2-10 against league opponents. Losing one senior to graduation, the team will return 21 student-athletes from its 2008 roster and opens the 2009 season at home on Sept. 1, hosting Rutgers-Camden University.
Scott Wiercinski was named head coach of the Bowdoin men's soccer team in March of 2013.
A native of Brunswick and graduate of Brunswick High School, Wiercinski will return to Maine after seven years as head coach at the University of Chicago. His resume also includes assistant coaching jobs at Brown and Bowdoin. He is a 1999 graduate of Middlebury.
Wiercinski wrapped up his seventh season as head men's soccer coach at University of Chicago in 2012. The Maroons posted an 8-4-5 overall record in 2012, bringing Wiercinski's career record to 58-47-20. In 2009, Wiercinski guided the Maroons to the University Athletic Association championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Prior to his arrival at Chicago, Wiercinski spent five years as an assistant coach at Brown University from 2001-05. During that time, Brown compiled a 41-31-13 overall record, collected three Ivy League championships, and earned two NCAA Division I postseason berths.
Wiercinski broke into coaching in 2000 with Bowdoin, where he helped former head coach Brian Ainscough lead the Polar Bears to a 14-2-2 record. A as a student at Middlebury College, Wiercinski was a four-year letter winner and two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference goalkeeper for the Panthers. He helped lead Middlebury to a 48-10-3 overall record and four NCAA Division III tournament appearances from 1995-98.
In Wiercinski's 15 years on the sidelines and on the field, his teams have compiled a record of 144-75-35 with nine NCAA tournament appearances.
He will take over a Bowdoin team that has been one of the finest in New England over the last decade. The Polar Bears have averaged 11 wins per season since 2000, have qualified for the postseason in 11 of the last 12 years and made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including the team's first-ever NCAA "Final Four" berth in 2010.
In January of 2010, Doug Hess became the fifth head coach in the 62-year history of Drexel men's soccer. Hess comes to Drexel after a successful eight-year tenure as head coach at Campbell University.
While at Campbell, Hess led the Fighting Camels to a 74-70-9 record and was named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year on three occasions, including receiving the award in each of the last two seasons. During his last five years there, Campbell posted a combined record of 58-35-7 (.615 win percentage) including three appearances in the conference tournament title game, three regular season conference championship titles, a conference record of 32-5-5 (.821) and the team’s first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.
Under Hess’ guidance the Fighting Camels won several matches against nationally ranked teams, including three straight over ACC power North Carolina, as well as garnered the program’s first-ever year end national ranking and highest RPI in the program’s Division I era. In 2008, Soccer America ranked the Camels as high as number-23 and number-25 in its final poll that year.
Hess has coached players to all-conference recognition 34 times, three Player of the Year selections, three Defensive Player of the Year selections, two Freshmen of the Year selections, 13 All-South Region picks, two NSCAA All-Americans and two of his players have participated in the MLS Combine and then selected in the MLS Superdraft. In addition, Hess’ squad has been recognized as one of the top academic teams in the conference. More than 80 of his players have been named to Atlantic Sun All-Academic teams during this tenure.
Prior to his time at Campbell, Hess served stints as an assistant coach at Bucknell and East Stroudsburg University. He was also head coach of the North Carolina Olympic Development Program for the 1987, ’89 and ’91 age groups; claiming a USYSA ODP National Championship with his 1989 age group. Additionally, he has coached for the prestigious Capital Area Soccer League club for the last several years and most recently, as Head Coach of the CASL Chelsea FC USSF 18 Academy team.
Hess played collegiately at Elizabethtown College in nearby Elizabethtown, Pa. He graduated in 1996 after a successful playing career that saw him earn all-conference honors three times and twice earn all-regional recognition. As a senior he was named an NSCAA Div. III First Team All-American and was selected as one of the seniors from all divisions of NCAA soccer to participate in the Umbro Senior Select Tournament. He went on to play professionally in the United Soccer League for three seasons.
Hess holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College and a master’s degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University. He is also a USSF “A” licensed coach and has earned an NSCAA Advanced Diploma.
He and his wife, Kristina, are proud parents of two daughters, Abigail (7) and Delaney (1).
Jeff Tipping -a 1978 graduate of Hartwick College, Tipping lead the team to the 1977 NCAA championship while earning Defensive Most Valuable Player honors. Drafted into the American Soccer League, he was captain of the Pennsylvania Stoners for five seasons, earning All-Pro recognition three times (1979-81) and winning the league title in 1980. Following a career-ending knee injury in 1982, Tipping turned to coaching and returned to Hartwick to serve as assistant soccer coach and lacrosse coach.
In 1986 he earned a master's degree from Lehigh University and was named Director of Soccer at Muhlenberg College, where he compiled a record of 225-71-21, earned four conference championships, eight NCAA Tournament appearances and a berth in the 1995 Final Four. Tipping is the only coach in school history to take teams to NCAA championships in two different sports (soccer and golf). Tipping also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's National Team in 1998, providing advisory support to head coach Tony DiCicco.
Tipping’s involvement with the NSCAA's education program began in 1983, when he was appointed to the National Staff. He was named Assistant Director in 1994, then elevated to Director of Coaching in 1996. He held the part-time post until 2000, when it became a full-time position. Tipping served as the Director of Education and Coaching Development from 2002 until January 2011.During Tipping’s tenure, the NSCAA expanded its coaching education offerings into the broadest-based in the world. Additions included the Youth Level I Diploma, formerly known as the Parent-Coach Diploma, and the Master Coach Diploma, an 18-month program that is the pinnacle of American soccer coaching education. Also created were specialized courses that address the unique educational needs of club directors of coaching and high school coaches.
"The NSCAA Academy is the benchmark for excellence in soccer coaching education in the United States, and that is a direct result of the investment of time and talent that Jeff Tipping has made through the last three decades, first as a member of our Academy staff and during the past eight and a half years as our Director of Education and Coaching Development," said NSCAA CEO and Executive Director Joe Cummings.
Phil Jones is in his fourth year at Clemson and is in his fourth season with Head Coach Mike Noonan. During the spring of 2012, he was elevated to Associate Head Coach.
Jones was an assistant coach at Brown under Noonan during the 2009 season. On the field he assisted Noonan in developing and delivering training sessions for the Brown squad. He also monitored and mentored players both athletically and academically and edited match film to provide feedback for both team and individual analysis and presentation. He also scouted the opposition and assisted in planning and organizing team trips.
During his Clemson career, the Tigers have upset four top 20 teams including a win over number-one ranked Maryland in 2011. Since 2010, Clemson has produced five All-ACC players and two freshman All-Americans.
Jones joined Brown from Embry-Riddle, where he served as an assistant coach for four seasons. He was also the women's interim head coach in 2007.
Jones graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2004 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business, and also earned a Master's Degree in Human Factors and Systems Engineering.
He is a native of St. Helen's, England, and began his collegiate playing career with the Eagles in 1999. He established himself as a leader on and off the field and was selected as team captain as a junior and remained in that role through his senior season.
In 2001, Jones led the Blue and Gold to its first regional title and the program's first national tournament appearance.
Jones ended a very successful college career in 2002 with two goals (both coming in his senior year) and 15 assists for 19 points in 67 games (66 starts). His efforts on the field did not go unnoticed as the four-time All-Florida Sun Conference selection was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1999.
He played for Wigan Athletic Football Club, a Premier League team in England, before coming to America to play and study.
Jones currently has a premier coaching license with the NSCAA. He was recently inducted into the Embry Riddle Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mike Montross will begin his first season as an assistant coach with Lehigh as he brings extensive coaching and playing experience to the Mountain Hawks.
For the past two years Montross has been a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown. He helped the Hoyas to an extremely successful 2012 season, in which they were the third overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas’ 19 wins were the most in program history. In his tenure with the Hoyas he coached two All-Americans, seven regional All-Americans as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
Before Georgetown, Montross was a four-year letter winner and senior captain at Dickinson College. He led the team to its first two conference and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008.
While at Dickinson, Montross spent a semester overseas in Spain training with UDAF Sant Marti, a Spanish semi-pro club. He is fluent in Spanish, and has also had international experience playing in Brazil and Italy.
“Mike is highly motivated to learn and grow in this profession and is very familiar with Lehigh, having researched and visited our school when he was a high school soccer prospect,” said Head Coach Dean Koski. “We are excited to welcome Mike to the Lehigh men’s soccer family.”
Montross graduated on Dean's List from Dickinson in 2011 with his degree in International Business and Management, as well as a minor in Spanish. He is originally from Bethesda, Maryland.
Justin Kahle is in his first season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Holy Cross in 2014.
Kahle, who is a 2010 graduate of Providence as a Management major, has spent the last four years as the Director of Soccer Operations for the men’s soccer program at Providence. During his time as the Director of Soccer Operations the Friars have made three NCAA Tournament appearances. Among his many duties, Kahle oversaw scheduling, assisted with travel arrangements, equipment and community relations. Kahle was a head coach of the Rhode Island Olympic Development Program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He is also a coach and the academy co-director of Bayside Futebol Club.
Kahle was a four-year member of the Providence men’s soccer team as the Friars made the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007. He started in 79 consecutive games as a defender. Kahle was selected to the 2009 Big East Tournament team.
A.J. Barnold is completing his first season as the operations assistant for the Virginia men's soccer program. Barnold's responsibilities include all aspects of video editing and analysis, overseeing the general welfare of the Virginia men's soccer student-athletes and assisting the coaching staff with day-to-day operations.
Prior to his move to Charlottesville, Barnold spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette. In 2014 he was elevated to first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Leopards. Barnold was involved in all areas of the Lafayette program, including coaching, scheduling, recruiting and video and scouting analysis.
Barnold was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Muhlenberg College, from 2011-13 and began his coaching career by spending two years as an assistant at Arcadia University from 2009-11. Barnold also served as the head coach of FC Lehigh Valley United's 1999 Boys Gold team from 2011-14.
Barnold also worked as an adjunct lecturer in the psychology department at Muhlenberg from 2011-14, teaching sport psychology.
Barnold was a three-year starter at center back and part of a pair of NCAA tournament teams during his playing career at Muhlenberg. Barnold was a First-Team All-Centennial Conference honoree and a Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll selection during his senior year in 2008. In 40 career starts on defense, he led the Mules to 19 shutouts.
He graduated Cum Laude from Muhlenberg with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2009. During his time at Arcadia, Barnold earned a master's degree in exercise and sport psychology from Temple University.
Veteran soccer coach Michael Mordocco joined the UMass staff in April 2015 as an assistant coach under Fran O'Leary.
"I am delighted to welcome Michael to the University of Massachusetts," O'Leary said. "The combination of having played on a National Championship team, along with the experience gained working at NCAA Division I programs leaves him ideally suited to mentor our players and aid in their overall development.
"Michael comes highly recommended by several of the top coaches in collegiate soccer and I am certain he will be a great addition to our staff and the UMass community."
Mordocco comes to UMass with more than a decade of NCAA coaching experience and has spent the past four seasons at national power UConn. Mordocco spent the previous four seasons at his alma mater, and he helped the Huskies capture their 13th regular season conference title and their first-ever American Athletic Conference championship this past fall. Connecticut was tabbed the AAC's Coaching Staff of the Year in his final season at UConn in 2014.
The Huskies gained a berth in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for three-consecutive season from 2011-2013 in Mordocco's first three years back in Storrs. He was an integral part of the UConn program that boasted a 58-16-15 overall record during his time on the sidelines at Connecticut.
Throughout his coaching tenure in Storrs, the Huskies compiled a total of 12 MLS draft picks including back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2014 and 2015 (Andre Blake and Cyle Larin). Mordocco has helped develop players such as Andre Blake, who became the first goalkeeper to ever be selected No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft in January of 2014.
"I am looking forward to joining the University of Massachusetts and the men's soccer family," Mordocco said. "I am delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to work with Fran O'Leary and thankful for the belief he has in me. I have been fortunate to work with great coaches throughout my career and I am eager to absorb as much knowledge I can from Fran. There are a lot of great things happening with UMass athletics and I feel like it's an exciting time to be a Minutemen."
Prior to joining the UConn staff in 2011, Mordocco was the top assistant coach at Stony Brook University where he was involved in several facets of the program, including recruiting, scouting, budget, travel and game day operations and promotions. During his tenure at Stony Brook, he helped the Sea Wolves to the 2009 America East Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Before joining Cesar Markovic at Stony Brook, Mordocco started his coaching career at Oneonta State College under Iain Byrne from 2004-2007 making it to the Conference Finals in 2005.
Mordocco earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 2002. He was a four-year player at UConn and helped lead the Huskies to four Big East Regular Season Titles (1998-2002), three times NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal (1999,2000,2002), College Cup Final Four (1999) and NCAA National Championship in 2000.
Mordocco has since been involved in the community as the Director of Coaching for Northeast United Soccer Club located in Mansfield, Conn. since 2011 and oversees a premier program of 20 plus teams and 400 players. He also has experience as Technical Director of the Stony Brook Soccer Club Youth Academy and served as the head coach of both the U11 and U16-U18 teams at the SBSC between 2007-10.
Stueck comes to Yale from Illinois College where he served as a men’s and women’s assistant coach last fall. He helped guide the women’s team to 11 wins, the most in school history, and the men’s team to its first conference tournament appearance since 2001.
Prior to that, he spent five months as a sales and marketing intern for the MLS New England Revolution.
Stueck enjoyed a standout playing career as well. Collegiately, he played at Northeastern and Providence. At Brookfield High School in Connecticut, he was a 2010 NSCAA All-America selection, set the school record with 93 career goals and was a two-time team captain. He also played for the USA U14 and 15 National Soccer teams where he was coached by Manny Schelscheidt and Jim Barlow. He played his club soccer with Oakwood Soccer Club.
Stueck holds a BS in finance from Providence College.
“AJ is actually a player that I recruited some while I was at Michigan State so it’s funny how things come together in different ways at times,” head coach Kylie Stannard said. “As soon as I spoke with AJ and told him my vision and goals for the program, I knew he was bought into the process and doing all that is necessary to help this program be successful. AJ is from Connecticut, knows this region very well, and has already started working with the Oakwood Soccer Club. He was a successful player and brings a youthful eagerness and hunger to get into college coaching and will do a great job of connecting with our players. He is also mature beyond his years.”
Deming enters his third season with the Mountain Hawks in 2016 and second season as an assistant coach.
Deming helped guide the Mountain Hawks to the program’s second-ever Patriot League Championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015. Deming served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach during the 2014 campaign and helped lead the Mountain Hawks to a 10-8-1 overall mark and 5-3-1 league record as Lehigh secured its first ten-win season since 2006.
Prior to joining the Lehigh coaching staff, Deming was a graduate assistant coach at Lock Haven University from 2011-2013. Deming assisted with all facets of the program and helped guide the Bald Eagles to a regular-season league championship in 2011. He was also a coach for the Arsenal Soccer Club in Pittsburgh from 2008-11 following a one-year stint as a student assistant coach at Lock Haven in 2008.
Deming played collegiate soccer at Lock Haven from 2003 to 2007. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in fitness management in 2008 before earning a Master's in Sports Administration in 2011.
Chris Gbandi, former associate head coach at Dartmouth, the 2000 Hermann Trophy winner and three-time All-American as a student-athlete at Connecticut, has been named the sixth head coach in Northeastern men's soccer history. Gbandi is a rising star in the college soccer coaching ranks, highlighted by two straight appearances in the NCAA tournament with Dartmouth in 2014 and 2015.
"We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Northeastern family," said Peter Roby, director of athletics and recreation at Northeastern. "Chris is a proven winner, both as an athlete and a coach. He will be a tremendous role model and leader for our student-athletes, and he is committed to the student-athlete experience and the success of our program both on the field and in the classroom. I look forward to working with Chris in building an exciting future for our men's soccer program."
Gbandi, a 2000 NCAA champion at Connecticut and the first overall pick in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, arrives at Northeastern following two seasons at Dartmouth College. An accomplished coach, he also spent two years at Holy Cross as the first assistant and one season as the assistant director of soccer operations at UConn. In his five seasons coaching in Division I, Gbandi has helped lead teams to three NCAA appearances, including one NCAA Elite Eight appearance, and has guided 22 student-athletes to all-conference accolades.
"It is with great pride and honor that I accept the head coach position at Northeastern University," Gbandi said. "I am extremely grateful and appreciative to Peter Roby and the search committee for giving me and my family this unique and special opportunity. I am excited and looking forward to working with the impressive and talented student athletes at Northeastern."
At Dartmouth, Gbandi helped lead the Big Green to a 24-11-3 mark overall, 11-2-1 record in Ivy League play, and a pair of appearances in the NCAA tournament over two seasons. After being promoted to associate head coach at the start of the 2015 campaign, Gbandi coached the defense to the sixth best goals against average in the nation en route to the Ivy League title. In all, seven Big Green members earned All-Ivy League honors to help Dartmouth earn a top 25 ranking in the NSCAA poll.
As the first assistant for Dartmouth in 2014, Gbandi was named the NSCAA East Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after leading the Big Green to its first NCAA appearance in three seasons and a spot in the top 25 of the final NSCAA national poll.
Off the pitch, Gbandi played a critical role in all facets of the Big Green program, including serving as the head recruiting coordinator. He was also in charge of scheduling, opponent scouting, organizing and executing practice plans, fundraising events and alumni relations.
"I would like to take this moment to say thanks to everyone associated with Dartmouth Athletics," Gbandi said. "From Harry Sheehy, Richard Whitmore and Drew Galbraith to head coach Chad Riley and Ryan Fahey and all the players who I was fortunate enough to coach while at Dartmouth. Thanks for helping make this opportunity possible. Dartmouth will always have a special place in my heart."
Before moving on to Dartmouth, Gbandi was the first assistant at Holy Cross from 2012 to 2014, where he helped the Crusaders to the 2013 Patriot League championship game. During his time there, nine student-athletes were Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipients. Gbandi also served as the interim head coach for six weeks during the spring season in 2012.
Gbandi got his start in coaching as the assistant director of operations at Connecticut during the 2011 season under legendary head coach Ray Reid. While at his alma mater, the Huskies reached the NCAA Elite Eight as the No. 3 overall seed in the national tournament. Connecticut was ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in the NSCAA poll during the 2011 campaign, and Gbandi helped coach a pair of Huskies to NCAA All-American accolades as well as the BIG EAST Defender of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year.
A graduate of Connecticut, Gbandi was a four-year letterwinner (1998-01) for one of the most prestigious programs in college soccer. While in Storrs, Gbandi and the Huskies captured the NCAA championship in 2000 and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1999. UConn also won four straight BIG EAST Regular Season Championships with Gbandi on the backline, including the 1999 BIG EAST Tournament title.
Individually, Gbandi won the 2000 Herman Trophy as college soccer's top player, and was a finalist for the award in both 1999 and 2001. He was a three-time NCAA All-American (1999, 2000, 2001), a four-time BIG EAST First Team selection (the first in conference history), and a three-time BIG EAST Defender of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001). Gbandi was also named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year during his freshman season in 1998.
Following his collegiate career, Gbandi was selected as the top overall pick in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft to Dallas in 2002. He played in more than 120 professional games with FC Dallas from 2002 to 2008, and was named the Team Defender of the Year in 2006. Gbandi also played professionally for FK Haugesund, Norwegian First Division (Haugesund, Norway) from 2008-10 and Miami FC, USL First Division in 2010 as a player/assistant.
Colgate's John W. Beyer Head Men's Soccer Coach Erik Ronning announced the addition of former DePauw assistant Tyler Keever to his staff in April 2016.
Keever assists the Raiders in all aspects of the men's soccer program, including goalkeeper training, opponent scouting, video editing, on-and-off campus recruiting, individual player development, and day-to-day operations.
Keever comes to Hamilton after a short stint as the first assistant at DePauw. There, he coordinated the program's recruiting efforts and provided video analysis for players postgame. He also assisted in the daily administrative operations of the program, including practice plans and training sessions.
Prior to that, Keever was the second assistant and goalkeeper coach for his alma mater, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
During the 2013 season he helped with the team's travel arrangements, recruitment, and training sessions.
The four-year letterwinner played in 61 games for IUPUI, earning 59 starts. During his senior campaign, he was voted Second Team All-Summit League after ranking second in conference in saves (76), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.33), third in goals against average (1.25), and fourth in save percentage (.768).
Throughout his soccer coaching career, Keever has worked with numerous club soccer organizations such as Westside Soccer Club (Avon, Ind.). During his five years with the club he served as the 1995, 2000, 1999 and 2004 boys head coach. Keever was also the Director of Training at the Indiana Goalkeeper Academic.
Keever has been linked to numerous camps as well, including ones at DePauw, IUPUI, Butler and Indiana.
He earned his bachelor's degree in sports management with a minor in business in 2012. Keever also has a USSF Youth National, U.S. Youth Soccer National and NSCAA National licenses.
Rob Irvine, who spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Penn and the last two campaigns as the head coach at Kean, is in his first season as the head men's soccer coach at La Salle in 2016.
"Rob impressed us with his passion, energy, recruiting connections and plan for the future of La Salle men's soccer," Bradshaw said. "He helped Penn to three NCAA Tournaments during his time as an assistant there before reviving the Kean program to one of the top programs in Division III in a short period of time. We believe that Rob will build upon the strong tradition of men's soccer at La Salle that was developed by Bill Wilkinson and Pat Farrell."
"I would like to thank President Hanycz, Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw, Senior Associate Athletic Director John Lyons, and the members of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the La Salle men's soccer program," Irvine said. "It is an honor to continue to build upon the hard work and strong foundation that Coach Pat Farrell and Coach Bill Wilkinson have created at La Salle. I'm looking forward to working diligently with our staff, players, and proud Explorer alumni to continue to push the program forward."
Irvine took over a Kean program in 2014 that finished next to last in the New Jersey Athletic Conference the previous season. He led the program to its most victories (12) since 2002 and its first home playoff game since 2006 in a conference that is considered one of the most competitive in Division III.
In his second season, Kean began the season 14-2 and reached as high as #12 in the national polls. The Cougars finished the 2015 season ranked in the top 10 nationally in goals per game, assists per game and shots per game.
Kean had eight All-NJAC selections in two seasons and one player named to the NSCAA All-Region team.
Irvine spent the previous eight seasons at Penn (2006-14), helping the Quakers to three NCAA Tournaments (2008, 2010 and 2013) and a pair of Ivy League Championships (2008, 2013). The 2010 NCAA bid was an at-large selection after the team finished 13-6 overall with a #24 RPI. The Quakers defeated Bucknell, 1-0, in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
He coached 42 All-Ivy League players, including 12 Quakers that were named to the first team. Duke Lacroix was named the 2013 Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. In addition, four of his players were selected in the Major League Soccer draft (Christian Barreiro Tom Brandt, Dan Cepero, and Alex Grendi).
Irvine was the head men's and women's soccer coach at the College of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico from 2004-06. He was named the conference's coach of the year three times and led the team to the Red River Conference Tournament four times.
Born in Leeds, England and a native of Toronto, Ontario, Irvine began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Syracuse, from 2001-03. He also has extensive club coaching experience with FC Delco, including being the head coach of the U15/16 US Development Academy Team from 2008-10.
Irvine played collegiately at Syracuse from 1994-97 and served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He was a four-year starter for the Orange and graduated with a bachelor's degree in advertising from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1998.
He was a member of the Canadian Olympic Soccer team pool in 1993-94 and competed in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament as a member of the Canadian National U17 team in 1991.
Irvine began his professional playing career in the A-League in 1998 for the Toronto Lynx and was a National Professional Soccer League draft pick in 1998 by the Buffalo Blizzard. He played one season for the Glen Shields Sun Devils of the Canadian Professional Soccer League before two years with the Sacramento Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League, helping the team to the 1999 WISL Championships.
In addition to his bachelor's degree from Syracuse, Irvine received master's degrees from Syracuse (public administration, 2003) and Penn (organizational dynamics, 2012). He also owns an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation.
Jordan joins the West Chester Men’s Soccer Staff after serving as the top assistant at Muhlenberg College for the past three years. While at Muhlenberg, Ciuffetelli coached 7 All League players, 5 All Region players, 1 Centennial Conference Player of the Year, and 2 All Americans. In 2014 in which the Mules, who were picked sixth in the preseason poll, went on the win the Centennial Conference Championship and advance to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament, ending the year ranked 12th in the final Division III poll.
Ciuffetelli was a four-year starter at outside back for Division I Lehigh University, where as a senior both Soccer America and College Soccer News named him Patriot League defensive player of the week and to the national team of the week. He received the men's soccer coaches award in 2011 and was a finalist for a department-wide sportsmanship award.
While at Lehigh, Ciuffetelli earned a bachelor's degree in history in 2012 and was the sports camp and recruiting graduate assistant in the Athletic Department while earning a master's in education in 2013.
In addition to playing for Lehigh, Ciuffetelli was a three-year starter for FC LVU Sonic, which won the NPSL Northeast Conference Championship in 2010 and 2012 as well as the National Championship in 2012.
Ciuffetelli served as an assistant coach at Parkland High School in 2012 and has coached at the LVU Soccer Club since 2012.
Ciuffetelli interned in 2014 for Germany’s AMANDLA Edufootball managing the Chris Campbell Memorial Field in Khayelitsha, South Africa, implementing youth life skills programs through soccer.
Ciuffetelli holds a NSCAA National Level License.
Peter Mills, a 2009 Bowdoin College graduate and Brunswick native, joined the Polar Bear coaching staff in the summer of 2010. A four year contributor at Bowdoin from 2005-08, Mills helped the Polar Bears to an impressive 36-21-3 record over his career. He brings a resume of coaching experience to the task, having served as a head coach for the U-12 Seacoast United Soccer Club team while also gaining experience coaching at Portland High School and at the Fran O'Leary and Brian Ainscough Soccer Camps. Mills graduated from Bowdoin with a degree in History and a minor in Education.
Tim O'Donohue enters his first season as the head men's soccer coach at Navy. O'Donohue is the sixth head coach in the 96-year history of the Navy men's soccer program.
O'Donohue arrived in Annapolis after spending the past five seasons (2011-2015) as the associate head coach at the University of Connecticut. O'Donohue was the head coach at Division III Stevens Institute of Technology for 10 seasons (2001-10).
"Tim has proven to be a respected leader, educator and winner throughout his career," said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. "Having had the experience as a highly successful head coach, and as one of the top associate head coaches in the country at UConn, his enthusiasm, determination and proven track record are a perfect fit for our program. I am extremely pleased to welcome Tim and his family to our family at Navy."
"I would like to thank Chet Gladchuk for the opportunity to work at the Naval Academy," said O'Donohue. "I have had the honor to work with Ray Reid, one of the best coaches in the country, and it has been a great honor to be a part of UConn soccer. I am looking forward to working with the Midshipmen and it will be an extraordinary experience. I am looking forward to continuing the winning ways of Navy soccer and to be a part of the Navy soccer legacy. It is a great honor to be the next head coach at Navy."
In his five years at UConn on Ray Reid's staff, O'Donohue helped take the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament four times, including three straight appearances in the NCAA Quarterfinals from 2011-13. The Huskies had an overall record of 68-22-21 (.707) during O'Donohue's tenure in Storrs.
In his first season at UConn in 2011, the Huskies went 19-3-3 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals and then followed that season with a 17-4-1 record in 2012 with another trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Huskies made their third straight quarterfinals appearance in 2013 with a 12-3-8 mark.
In his final season at UConn in 2015, O'Donohoe helped the squad to a 10-6-6 mark and an appearance in the NCAA Second Round after defeating Boston University in the first round.
O'Donohue posted an overall head coaching record of 165-21-23 while at Stevens and his winning percentage of .844 is the highest in Division III history and the fourth-highest across all divisions.
O'Donohue took Stevens to the NCAA Tournament in nine of his 10 seasons. The Ducks advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 six times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009) and were the national runners-up in 2008. Messiah claimed the 2008 national title after advancing past Stevens in a penalty kick shootout. Stevens won the ECAC Championship in 2002 and O'Donohue led the Ducks to an unbeaten record of 18-0-3 in 2006.
O'Donohue led Stevens to nine conference championships during his tenure. After joining the Empire 8 in 2007, O'Donohue led Stevens to the conference championship in four straight seasons (2007 to 2010) before departing for UConn. Prior to joining the Empire 8, the Ducks won the Skyline Conference Championship in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
O'Donohue was the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and the Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year in 2010. He was also named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Metro Region Coach of the Year in 2003 and was a finalist for the Division III NSCAA National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2008.
Stevens was ranked in the final NSCAA Poll in each of O'Donohue's final eight seasons with the school.
O'Donohue coached 12 All-Americans while at Stevens with four earning first-team honors. O'Donohue also coached seven conference players of the year, 39 NSCAA All-Region performers, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and 77 all-conference athletes.
O'Donohue holds several merits from the NSCAA including a Premier Diploma and a Master Coach Diploma. He was one of the first five coaches to earn a Master Diploma at the NCAA level. He also previously served as the Region III Technical Director for the NSCAA.
O'Donohoe was a four-year starter at Muhlenberg College and helped the team to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a berth in the Final Four in 1995. The central midfielder earned all-conference honors in 1997. He was inducted into the Muhlenberg Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 1995 men's soccer team. He graduated from Muhlenberg in 1998 with a degree in English.