|2010-11 Men's Soccer Coaches|
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Scott Calabrese enters his fifth season as the Buccaneer men’s soccer head coach with a 37-32-8 overall record, having been the head coach since the program's inception in 2008.
Calabrese led ETSU to its first national ranking in 2011 through a 10-7-4 season. With a 1-0 defeat of No. 24/20 UNC Greensboro on Aug. 31, ETSU earned its first win in program history against a nationally ranked opponent and soared to No. 19 in Soccer America. Calabrese guided the Buccaneers to a second such win on Sept. 11 when ETSU took down No. 14 William & Mary in the Stihl Soccer Classic, and later coached the Bucs to a 0-0 draw of No. 25/23 Furman. With a mark of 6-1-1, ETSU took its first step into the NSCAA rankings at No. 24 on Sept. 27. Entering the 2011 A-Sun Tournament as a No. 6 seed, ETSU blew by Jacksonville in the quarterfinals and edged Stetson in the semis to become the first such seed to advance to the final.
In 2010, Calabrese led the Bucs to their most successful season in program history. The Bucs posted a 15-6-0 overall record while going 7-2-0 in conference play to finish second in the regular season. The Bucs saw themselves capture their first ever Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship with a 1-0 overtime victory against Stetson. The Tournament Championship earned the Bucs their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance where they went on to nearly overcome a three-goal halftime deficit against the College of Charleston, but wound up falling short, 3-2.
Calabrese guided the Bucs to multiple program records and honors during the 2010 championship campaign. The Bucs’ 15 wins more than doubled their previous high of six in both 2008 and 2009, while their second place finish and seven conference victories also set new program highs. The Bucs also earned their first ever NSCAA South Region Ranking (6), Soccer America National Ranking (34) and highest ever final RPI ranking of 38. Five different Bucs earned All-Conference honors and Calabrese was named both the Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year and NSCAA/Mondo South Region Coach of the Year.
Before coming to ETSU, Calabrese spent four years as an assistant at Clemson helping guide the Tigers to the top of the national rankings, including a trip to the NCAA Final Four in 2005 and a No. 1 national ranking midway through the season. With duties that range from recruiting to player development to general internal operations, Calabrese also directed the Clemson Soccer Academy, which plays host to over 1,800 children each summer.
Prior to his time at Clemson, Calabrese coached on the college level at the University of North Carolina from 2000-2001, helping the Tar Heels to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship and Elite Eight appearance in 2000, and then to a national championship in 2001. He also spent two seasons in the Atlantic Sun Conference, assisting at Stetson University from 1998-99. At the collegiate level, Calabrese has a career record of 104-39-10 including two 20-win seasons.
On the professional level, Calabrese was an assistant coach for the Carolina Courage of the WUSA, working to advance that franchise from “worst to first” and winning a 2002 WUSA title. He played professionally for the Rhode Island Sting Rays from 1995 to 1997, as well as the South Carolina Shamrocks in 1998.
Calabrese also helps with youth soccer development coaching several Olympic Developmental teams. He was a member of the 2006 Region III coaching staff as well as the goalkeepers coach for the USA Women’s national team. Calabrese has an “A” coaching license, and is a Level I and II certified goalkeeping instructor with the NSCAA.
Calabrese, a native of Newton, Ct., graduated from Bryant College in 1995 with a B.S. in business administration. He is married to Farrell Finstad of Yuba City, Cali.
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