In the continued tradition of providing top training and exposure to soccer players in the southern Ontario region SIGMA is pleased to announce the NCAA University coaches that will be instructing and recruiting this Summer at the 6th Annual SIGMA FC International ID Camp. The hugely popular event has over the years provided participants the opportunity to train under the guidance of distinguished coaches from both Europe and the US in order to gain different experiences and lessons in line with possible future sport paths.
Making the trip to the 2010 Camp will be coaches Carlo Acquista (Adelphi University), Ahmad Manning, (SIENA University) and Marco Koolman (Boston College) who will all be instructing and scouting at this year’s event
High school aged participants at this year’s camp will have the direct opportunity to work under and better understand the demands of US NCAA coaches, including both on and off-field instruction.
Here is a brief profile on the coaches:
Carlo Acquista has completed his third season as Head Men's soccer coach at Adelphi University. His record at Adelphi stands at 29-19-7.
The 2009 season was the most successful season the team has had under Acquista. The Panthers captured the regular season and tournament ASC titles, posting a 13-2-4 overall record. Adelphi also completed its second consecutive season without losing a game on Competition Field (7-0-2). Acquista captured his second straight ASC Coach of the Year award, while landing nine players on All-Conference and All-Academic teams, and four on All-Region teams. Freshman Issa Tall was the unanimous pick for ASC Player of the Year, as well as earning College Soccer News All-Freshman honors, being named to the 2009 Soccer All-America first-team, All-Region first-team, and was nominated for Soccer News Net Player of the Year.
In 2008, Acquista led the Panthers to a 12-6 record, 5-1 in the ASC and going undefeated at home. The squad made it to the conference finals before falling to Longwood, 1-0. Acquista was named Conference Coach of the Year while Patrick Figueiredo earned Player of the Year honors and went on to earn two Academic All-American honors. Additionally, the team raked up six All-Conference honors, two All-Tournament and All-Region nods and earned NSCAA Academic honors as a team.
In his first season, Acquista led the Panthers to a 4-11-3 overall record, 2-2-1 in ASC play while producing three ASC All-Conference honors including first-team honoree, Mark Hoffman as well as Player of the Year, Patrick Figueiredo and Rookie of the Year Koutsounadis.
Acquista comes to Adelphi from St. Francis College (NY), where he held the position of head coach for the past five seasons. During that time, Acquista had his strongest season in 2004, guiding the Terriers to an 8-9-1 record and a fifth place finish in the Northeast Conference, including wins over Vermont, Stony Brook and Monmouth.
A graduate of St. John's University (2000), Acquista was a four-year member of the Red Storm men's soccer team. He helped St. John's capture an NCAA Division I National title in 1996 and also had a hand in two Big East Championship teams.
Acquista's coaching experience includes stints as an assistant coach at Hofstra University and as a volunteer assistant at St. John's in addition to a posting as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Knights of the Premier Development League. Acquista also held coaching positions with the Storm Soccer Academy and as the director of coaching for the Brooklyn Knights.
Acquista earned a degree in sports management from St. John's and graduated from Adelphi University with a master's degree in sports management.
Ahmad Manning enters his second year in Loudonville as the Saints' assistant men's soccer coach. Manning comes to Loudonville following a much heralded playing career at the University of Rhode Island.
"We're excited to have Ahmad on board," remarked Elliott. "He has tremendous energy and enthusiasm and brings a great deal of both playing and coaching experience to Siena and I look forward to working with him in building an NCAA Tournament caliber program."
A native of West Hartford, Conn. by way of Rochester N.Y., Manning enjoyed a stellar four year playing career from 1998-2002 at Rhode Island. A midfielder with the Rams, Manning started all four years alongside Elliott (forward) as the pair teamed up for two NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-Second Round; 2000-Round of 16), two Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1999, 2000) and three consecutive regular season championships (1999-2001).
Manning also achieved a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team nominations (1998, 1999) and was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team in 2000 and 2001.
Following his collegiate playing career, Manning starred for three years in the professional ranks, competing for the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2005) and Western Mass Pioneers (2007). Manning also played for the prestigious FC METZ of the French League (2006) as well as for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (2006).
An NSCAA licensed coach, Manning spent two years serving as a coach in the high school ranks leading Farmington High (Conn.) to a Class L Championship in 2005 as an assistant coach. In 2007 as an assistant at Manchester High (Conn.), Manning helped guide the team to a CCC West Conference Championship.
Manning also has coaching experience with FSASoccerPlus as a head coach in the development U-12 league, serving alongside former U.S. Women's National Team World Cup winning head coach Tony DiCicco. Manning currently resides in nearby Green Island, N.Y
Marco Koolman, a highly successful head coach who guided Franklin Pierce University to the 2007 Division II National Championship, is in his first season as an assistant coach on Ed Kelly's staff.
Koolman came to Boston College from Rindge, N.H., where he guided the Franklin Pierce men's soccer program for the last nine seasons (2000-08). The Ravens posted a record of 125-45-21 and an 86-21-10 mark in Northeast-10 Conference competition during Koolman's tenure.
Franklin Pierce earned six consecutive berths in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament, two trips to the tournament's Final Four (2005 and 2007) and captured the school's first NCAA Division II Men's Soccer national championship.
Additionally, Franklin Pierce captured three straight Northeast-10 Conference regular-season titles from 2005-2007 and won one conference tournament title (2006) under Koolman's direction.
Individually, he earned NSCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors in 2007 while garnering New England Region Coach of the Year honors three times in the last five seasons (2004, 2006 and 2007).
Koolman began his coaching career at Gannon University, his alma mater, immediately following his four-year playing career.
He led the Golden Knights to a 74-29-6 record during his six-year tenure at his alma mater. He earned NCAA Division II Coach of the Year honors in 1993.
Koolman earned a bachelor's degree in business administration as well as a master's degree in health services administration from Gannon.