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Hamilton College: Assistant Coach Brendan Ujvary

Phone: 315-859-4762
Email: bujvary@hamilton.edu

 

Brendan Ujvary is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Hamilton College men’s soccer program. He was an assistant with the Utica College men’s team in 2013 and 2014.

Ujvary helped guide the Pioneers to a pair of Empire 8 playoff appearances, including the program’s first trip to the championship game in 2013. Utica players received eight all-conference team honors and one Empire 8 rookie of the year award during his time at the school. Ujvary recently obtained his National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma.

Prior to Utica, Ujvary coached youth soccer from the Hudson Valley to Long Island. His time spent with Coerver Soccer Coaching and the Long Island Rough Riders ages U10 to U13 was a great experience.

Ujvary played college soccer at SUNY New Paltz. The defender appeared in 53 games with 41 starts over the course of three seasons. As a senior, he helped lead the Hawks to the SUNYAC quarterfinals in 2011. Ujvary was a member of the Dean’s List all four years, made the NSCAA all-academic team and represented the soccer program on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Ujvary graduated with a degree in adolescent education with a specialization in social studies and a geography minor. He also has a master’s degree in special education from Utica. He is from Kings Park, N.Y., and played soccer at Kings Park High School.

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Utica College Head Women Soccer coach

Email: efcoyle@utica.edu; phone: 315-792-3875

Eileen (Coyle) Blumenauer was hired in August, 2015 to be the head women’s soccer coach at Utica College.

Eileen Blumenauer comes to Utica after spending last season on the sidelines at Endicott College.  Prior to her one year stint as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Endicott, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.  In her previous assistant coaching roles she handled several tasks including assisting with on field coaching/individual training sessions, recruiting (travel nation-wide, contacts, data entry), scouting, equipment distribution/inventory, co-alumnae relations, team meals and travel, game day preparation, day to day office operations, camp/clinic operations and she also handled the team’s social media.  During her three seasons as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence, Blumenauer coached under the guidance of longtime head coach Franco Bari.  The duo helped lead the Saints to 25 victories in three seasons, including a nine-win season in 2011.  In one year at Endicott College she coached alongside Jodi Kenyon and guided the Gulls to a 10-5-4 overall record and a Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament appearance.  Coyle has worked for several club soccer programs over the years including stints with Seacoast United Maine, the Aztec Soccer Club, and the FC Freeze Soccer Club.  She also has extensive coaching experience at a variety of camps and clinics, including the Cape Ann YMCA, the St. Lawrence Soccer Academy, the Army West Point Team Camp, the Lake Placid Soccer Camp, the Geneseo Soccer Camp, the Doug Miller Sports Academy, the Oneonta State Soccer Camp and the Hamilton College Soccer Camp.

Blumenauer earned a Master’s degree in Education-School Counseling from St. Lawrence University in the spring of 2013.  She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo in the winter of 2009 and she also has an associate’s degree of arts and sciences from Herkimer County Community College.  In two seasons as a student-athlete at Herkimer, she earned first team NJCAA All-American as well as Mohawk Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors (2005 & 2006). In 2005, Coyle played in 21 games for Herkimer, scoring 29 goals with seven assists. She was also a first team All-Region pick and a NSCAA All-American. Blumenauer was named captain in 2006, scoring 43 goals to go along with 15 assists in 19 games, and was again named an NSCAA All-American. She was also named “Athlete of the Year” at HCCC and received the Green & Gold Award for her outstanding performance in soccer.  In the Fall of 2005, she helped guide the Generals to a national tournament appearance.  In 2014 she was inducted into the Herkimer County Community College Hall of Fame. After receiving her associate’s degree, she attended SUNY Geneseo where she was a two-sport athlete in women’s soccer and lacrosse. She was a SUNYAC All-Conference selection in women’s soccer under the tutelage of head coach Nathan Wiley.  She helped guide the Knights to a SUNYAC Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. Following her collegiate playing career, she went on to play soccer professionally for the Rochester Ravens of the United Soccer League from 2010–2011.

 

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Utica’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach:  Brian Marcantonio

Brian Marcantonio Head Men’s Soccer Coach Phone: 315-792-3253 Email: blmarcan@utica.edu

Watch Coach Marcantonio’s Video Bio

Utica, NY – Head Coach Brian Marcantonio was hired in the Winter of 2014 by Athletic Director David Fontaine and guided Utica College to a 7-9-3 overall record and a trip to the Empire 8 Conference Tournament in his first season at the helm. He led the Pioneers to a 4-3 record in the highly competitive Empire 8 and entered the tournament as the fourth seed only to lose, 1-0, to Ithaca in the semifinals. Seven of the Pioneers nine losses came by two goals or less including four one goal defeats. UC posted a 5-2-1 mark on its home turf while outscoring opponents 16-5.  Last season, he led four Pioneers to All-Conference accolades including Bita Gazashvilli to Empire 8 Rookie of the Year honors. Marcantonio came back to UC after a brief stint at Hamilton College where he was an assistant for the men’s soccer program. In the Fall of 2014, he helped guide the Continentals to their first NESCAC Conference Tournament appearance since they joined the conference in 2011. He also helped legendary Head Coach Perry Nizzi direct the program’s first All-NESCAC selection, Buck Reynolds. The Continentals season was highlighted by the program’s first win over Williams College (2012 & 2013 NCAA Final Four Participant) in 86 years. The NESCAC is considered by many to be one of the most competitive conferences in all of Division III men’s soccer.

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While at Hamilton he was responsible for designing training sessions and assisting in tactical and technical development.  He was in charge of scouting and film analysis, and he was responsible for identifying and recruiting prospective student-athletes, along with creating a recruiting schedule and budget.  In the off-season he was charged with game management and he also worked with the College’s Wellness Program to provide classes for friends and family of the college, as well as the local community. Prior to Hamilton, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach here at Utica College where he helped guide the Pioneers to 31 victories and an Empire 8 Conference Tournament appearance back in 2010. He played a part in the two highest win totals in program-history, guiding the Pioneers to 12 wins in 2010 and 11 wins in 2011.  He helped coach 11 All-Conference selections, including four Empire 8 All-Conference First Team selections, and three All-Region picks. His teams at UC also excelled in the classroom, producing ten scholar All-Region selections, and as a group UC was rewarded by being named an Empire 8 All-Academic Team in 2013, posting a grade point average of 3.22. “One of the most attractive things about coming back to Utica College is my familiarity with the environment,” said Marcantonio. “It’s a family atmosphere and a tight knit community. Everyone is here to help each other.” During his playing days as an undergraduate at Hamilton, Marcantonio was a three-year starter, team captain, and an All-Northeast Region D3Kicks.com selection. He led Hamilton to one Liberty League regular season championship, two Liberty League tournament championships, and three NCAA tournament appearances. Hamilton posted an impressive 41-18-7 record during Marcantonio’s four year career. Following his collegiate playing career he spent one Summer as a player on the Western Mass Pioneers of the USL PDL, where he helped the team qualify for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, while finishing third in the PDL’s Northeast Division.  A local high school player from Frankfort-Schuyler, Marcantonio was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. He guided Frankfort-Schuyler to three conference championships and a New York State Section III Class C championship. He garnered numerous individual accolades, including being named a three-time All-CSC selection. He is a 2010 Cum Laude graduate of Utica College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in English and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies at his alma mater. As an undergraduate he was honored with dean’s list distinction in the Spring of 2009, Fall of 2010 and the Spring of 2010. He also currently holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and has intentions of pursuing further coaching licenses. Brian currently resides in Utica, NY

 

 

MVCC’s Head Woman’s Soccer Coach: Jim Vitale

email: jvitale@mvcc.edu

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Since joining the coaching staff at MVCC in 2012 the team has enjoyed overall recorded of 51-9-2.  Winning the Mountain Valley Conference and Region III in 2012 and 2013. In 2012 the team was crowned the NJCAA DIII champions with a 4-1 win in the championship match. The Hawks finished the season with an overall record of 21-1-1.  In 2013 the team was the NJCAA DIII runner-up after a heartbreaking 3-4 loss in the championship match. In 2013 the team went undefeated in both the Mountain Valley Conference and in Region III.

Coach Vitale holds a NSCAA Level 5 Coaching Diploma, NSCAA Special Topics Diploma, Player Development Curriculum Stage 5: 15- 18 Year Olds, and is an IYCA Youth Speed and Agility Specialist. Coach Vitale is member of the Coliseum Soccer Club where he coaches and trains female athletes

Jim Vitale is a Professor in the Center for Arts and Humanities at MVCC. Jim earned an AAS degree from MVCC in 1989. Jim went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from University at Buffalo and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Professor James Vitale

Associate Head Coach Women’s Soccer

Center for Arts and Humanities

Mohawk Valley Community College

jvitale@mvcc.edu

 

Herkimer CCC Head Coach, Men’s Soccer

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Pepe Aragon

(315) 866-0300 ext. 8388

Pepe.Aragon@herkimer.edu

The 2015 season marks Pepe Aragon’s 18th year as head coach for Herkimer’s men’s soccer program. Aragon has led the Generals to 17 consecutive Region III championships and seven National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships. In total, Aragon has four second-place national finishes, five third-place national finishes and one national fourth-place finish.

During his tenure at Herkimer, he has amassed an overall record of 315-28-15 and has been named Adidas/National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year five times (1999, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011), which is second only to legendary NCAA Division I Indiana University men’s coach Jerry Yeagley, who was a six-time National Coach of the Year winner. Aragon has been named Region III Coach of the Year (2000, 2005, 2011, 2013) and Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year (2004, 2005, 2011 and 2013) four times. He has coached over 50 NSCAA and NJCAA All-Americans and seven NSCAA National Players of the Year. He will be named president of the NJCAA Men’s Soccer Association in August 2015 and is president of the Region III Men’s Soccer Association. He also serves as an area chairman for the NJCAA and NSCAA National Rankings Committee as well as an area chairman for the NSCAA Junior College Division III All-American Committee.

In 2000, Aragon was named to the NJCAA All-Century Team along with former U.S. National Team coach and current LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena and MLS goal keeper Zach Thorton. In 2002, he captained the Central Empire State Open men’s soccer team to a gold medal at SUNY Cortland. In 2007, he was recognized by the Blind Men and Criers, an organization of referees and coaches in Syracuse, NY, with the Lew Andreas Award for outstanding contributions and service to his community. In 2008, Aragon received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. In 2008, Coach Aragon was inducted as a player into the NJCAA National Soccer Hall of Fame. He received the award in Dallas, Texas at the NJCAA Division III National Final Four Banquet.

A native of Binghamton, NY, Aragon was a high school NSCAA All-American at Binghamton High School in 1989. He then attended Herkimer where he was an NSCAA and NJCAA All-American as a freshman and sophomore and led the Generals to a national third-place finish his sophomore year. Aragon received an athletic scholarship to NCAA Division I Bowling Green State University (Ohio) where he was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and helped lead the Falcons to their first NCAA tournament appearance in over 20 years.

After graduating from college, Aragon signed a professional contract with the Canton Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League, where he played one season. He then signed a contract the following year with the Cleveland Caps of the United States Inter-Regional Soccer League (U.S.I.S.L.) before accepting the head coaching position at Herkimer in 1998. Aragon currently holds an NSCAA national coaching license.

Coach Aragon teaches full-time at Herkimer as the Associate Professor of the Health and Physical Education department. He holds an A.S. in Physical Education from Herkimer College, a B.S. in Physical Education from Bowling Green State University and a M.S. in Health Education from SUNY Cortland. Coach Aragon resides in New Hartford with his wife Anastacia, daughter Natalia and son Pepe.

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Mike Fornino:

Phone: (315)534-6453

email: mfornino@casaimports.com

Coaching Experience:

*Hamilton College, Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach under Head Coach Perry Nizzi, 1999-Present

*Coliseum Soccer Club, Head coach and executive board member, 1998-Present

Mentor, train, and provide opportunities for all age groups ranging from u6- Men’s & Women’s open at each level of recreational, instructional, and competitive play.  Club coaching highlights include 2nd and 3rd place finishes at Indoor Nationals (2011-2012), ENYYSA Premier League semi-finalist (2014), ENYYSA State Cup Champs (2013), advanced to Region 1 Championships, (2013)

*University of Tampa, Assistant Coach, Men’s Soccer under Head Coach Keith Faulk, 1997

*University of Tampa, Head Coach Girls’ campus Club Soccer team, 1997

*Frankfort Schuyler High School, Head Coach Girls Soccer Varsity, 1998

*AYSO volunteer coach, Pop Warner Football volunteer coach, NH Little League volunteer coach

Player Experience:

*Nationally Ranked University of Tampa NCAA Division II scholarship player, 1995-1996

*Nationally Ranked Herkimer County Community College Player Honors, 1993-1994

First Team NSCAA All-Region, First Team NSCAA All-Northeast,

First Team NSCAA All-American Team Captain of the first National Championship winning team at this institution.

*Whitesboro High School Varsity player 10th, 11th, 12th grade, All-Conference team, All-State team
*Frankfort-Schuyler Central School  Varsity player for 8th and 9th grade

 

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Carmen S. Marsala

 

Coliseum Vice-President 2015

 

Over 25 years of Coaching Experience (1990-2015)

Coliseum Soccer Club

Aug 2007- current: U8 coed – U16 Girls

2009-current: U8boys-U12 Boys

U11-U12 Boys

  • 2015 Boys U12 Eastern New York State Champions (outscored opponents 15-1)
  • Columbus Day Tournament Champions 2014-2015 At CNY Family Sports Centre
  • Northstars Cup Champions 2013-2015, U10 boys – U12 boys, 2012 U12 Girls
  • RSSC undefeated 2015 indoor champions, U12 boys
  • 2015 CNYJSA U12 boys League Champions undefeated

 

Local Youth Recreational leagues U6-U12 – Jan 2004 – Jun 2012

Proctor High School Boys Aug 1990 – Jun 1999

Varsity Coach 1992-1999 (1995 helped lead the team back to sectional competition after being absent from the tournament for 7 years)

 

Playing experience:

  • Oneonta State College, earned Bachelor of Science

Aug 1988 – Nov 1989, Division 1

 

  • Herkimer County Community College, earned AAS in Business Administration

Aug 1986 – Nov 1987

Regional Finalist 1987

 

  • Utica Free Academy, 1984 – 1985 All-Star team, lead Titans in goal scoring 1985

Aug 1982 – Nov 1985

 

  • Coliseum Soccer Club Player Apr 1982 – Aug 2007