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Gary LaPietra → Head Coach

Head coach Gary LaPietra has returned The College at Brockport to the national spotlight since being hired prior to the 1996 season. The Rochester area soccer veteran has concentrated on recruiting the top local athletes and at the same time has attracted players from Long Island, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and the Southern Tier as he continues to put together a quality mix of soccer talent to represent the Green and Gold.

In 18 seasons at Brockport, LaPietra’s overall record is 185-109-33 for a .616 win percentage.

The 185 victories are the most ever by a Brockport men's soccer coach. LaPietra became the school's all-time winningest coach on October 15, 2012 against Oswego in a 2-0 victory. LaPietra passed A. Huntley Parker (161 wins), the school's soccer stadium namesake.

During the 2013 season, the Golden Eagles opened up with four straight wins and remained undefeated until the 12th game of the season. Brockport topped the national polls at No. 6 and were ranked No. 1 in the region.

Under LaPietra’s guidance, senior standout Bobby Ross earned his third-straight All-SUNYAC first-team selection. LaPietra has now had 16 straight seasons with at least one member of his team making the first-team ballot. Ross was also selected to the First-Team All-Region and named to the ECAC All-Star team for the Upstate New York Region. Sophomore goalkeeper Casey Sullivan had a strong year, earning SUNYAC Player of the Week three times and being named Disney/NSCAA Player of the Week. Sullivan also earned second-team All-SUNYAC. The Golden Eagles landed five players on the All-SUNYAC teams, making it the tenth straight year that Brockport has placed at least four players on an all-conference team.

The Golden Eagles have become a fixture in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament since LaPietra took over the reins of the program. Brockport qualified for the conference tournament 10 consecutive years from 2002-2011 and returned in 2013. Brockport won the 2009 championship in a shootout over Plattsburgh, the first title since 1978.

LaPietra led the Golden Eagles to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2011 season. Brockport made it to the second round for the third straight year as they beat Manhattanville College in the first round and fell to Stevens Tech. in the second round.

The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 13-4-2 record. LaPietra led Brockport to their fourth consecutive SUNYAC Championship as well, falling to the top overall seed Oneonta. Brockport, the no. 2 seed in the tournament, fell in the championship 1-0.

Senior Brian Duffy was named the 2011 recipient of the Fred Holloway Award, given to the player on the SUNYAC All-Conference team with the highest GPA, along with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence.

During the 2010 season, the Golden Eagles went 14-3-3 and climbed to as high as 13th in the national Division III soccer polls. Brockport advanced into the SUNYAC title game, and the Golden Eagles earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament. Brockport rallied to defeat NYU 3-2 in overtime of a first-round game. The Golden Eagles eventually fell to Merchant Marine Academy 3-2 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA's.

In 2009, LaPietra was voted the SUNYAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, previously earning the honor in 2002 when Brockport won a regular-season conference title with a perfect 9-0 record.

Brockport has averaged more than 10 wins per season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons from 209-11. Brockport made an appearance in 2009 that included a shootout victory in an opening-round against Ohio Northern. The Golden Eagles have made 14 trips to the NCAA Tournament and won the National Championship in 1974. Brockport advanced to the championship game in the tournament two other years in 1975 and 1976.

Under LaPietra, Golden Eagle soccer players have been named to the NSCAA/Adidas All-Region team 26 times, 70 players have been voted to the All-SUNYAC squads, and three have been named the SUNYAC First Year Player of the Year. In 2010, LaPietra coached his second All-American in as many years, as Joe Marino joined Steve Abgarian (2009) as third-team All-American picks.

Six of the nine major offensive records at Brockport have been set under the guidance of LaPietra. Steve Abgarian tied three-time All-Region selection Anthony Jaworski’s record for goals in a game (5) and points in a game (10) in the first game of the season in 2009. Jaworski also owns the record for goals in a season (20), career (60) and points in a career (134). Greg Dini, Mike Abgarian and Aaron Acello all won multiple All-Region honors and are the top three players on the Brockport record list for career assists. Defensively, LaPietra's 2010 squad tied a school record with 12 team shutouts.

In 2004, LaPietra started the Brockport Men’s Soccer Tournament to benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong Hospital. The tournament kicked off the season and raised over $2000 for the neonatal department of the hospital. LaPietra’s son, Gary Michael, was born prematurely and hospitalized in the unit for nearly three months. Ten years later, Gary Michael was on hand to welcome the teams and players to the inaugural tournament and continues to be a big part of the Brockport soccer program.

Before Brockport, LaPietra was the winningest coach in Aquinas High School history. LaPietra coached the “Little Irish” to a 91-49-10 record over eight seasons. Included in the team’s success over that span were the 1992 Section V Class BB Championship and an appearance in the 1992 state semifinals. LaPietra was the Class BB Coach of the Year in 1992 when he led his team to the number-one ranking in New York State. His teams won five consecutive City-Catholic championships from 1990 to 1994 and he was selected as a coach for the 1989 and 1995 Monroe County All-Star games.

LaPietra played college soccer at St. John Fisher, played scholastically at Aquinas and also played in the Rochester Youth Soccer League and Gates Soccer Travel League while growing up in the Rochester area. LaPietra also played for the Italian-American Soccer Club in Rochester.

He is currently one of the coaches for the Gates Metro Travel Soccer team.

LaPietra and his wife Beth have three children, Gary Michael, David, and Allison.

 

Darren Wynne → Assistant Coach

Darren Wynne enters his first season at The College at Brockport men's soccer program, with over two decades of coaching experience.

Wynne’s most recent coaching stint was a front man for the Lakefront Soccer Club in Webster N.Y., where he was the Coaching Education Director for the club, and also the Head Coach for U10 boys’ team. From 2010-2015, he served as the Cayuga Community College Men’s Soccer Program head coach. He posted a 39-22-4 record with the Spartans. That same year he took Cayuga to the NJCAA National Finals finishing fourth overall in the nation, and the highest National Ranking in the college’s history. Also that year he earned the title of NJCAA Region 3 Regional Coach of the year, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Wynne has also spent time at SUN.Y. Oswego as assistant to the head coach, where he helped coach the program to three post-season SUNYAC playoff appearances. He recently got recruited as the Northeast Scout for Chivas USA Florida for their Academy, which is a feeder system for Chivas in the MLS.

Wynne also served at the New York State level as Head Coach for the Empire State Games earning Central N.Y. a Bronze Medal in the games held in Buffalo N.Y. His coaching style and experience was getting noticed and was recruited by New York State West Youth Soccer Association for their Olympic Development Program (ODP) and also was a Coaching Education Instructor for US Soccer’s Coaching Licenses, through N.Y.SWYSA. Before moving to Rochester he was the head coach of Empire United Syracuse youth teams winning two N.Y.SWYSA State Championships and one USYSA Premier League Championship. He also served as Goalkeeper Coach and Assistant Coach with Rochester Ravens women’s pro team.

Before Wynne moved to the USA, he spent two years in England as Assistant Coach to St. Alban’s City FC First Team, getting them promoted into the fifth tier of the English Football League. He was the front man for the St. Alban’s City F.C./Hayes F.C. Mid-weeks youths team that competed in the English FA Youth Cup, losing to Charlton Athletic in the last 32 in the FA Youth Cup.

Wynne has a wealth of experience as a player as well, with a playing career spanning 20 years back in Ireland. He had great success playing at one of Ireland’s top youth clubs, Cherry Orchard FC. He won many league titles and cups throughout his youth career. In his early career, Wynne earned a role on the Irish National U15-U20 team, as starting goalkeeper and captain. He earned 27 International Caps (appearances) for Ireland and played alongside Robbie Keane, Damien Duff, John O’Shea, Stephen Ireland, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Andy Reid and the Infamous, Roy Keane. After his youth career he turned professional with Sligo Rovers and appeared in the UEFA Champions League Qualifiers with Rovers. After Rovers, he signed for Home Farm Everton another pro club that played in the Eircom National League of Ireland. Over in the United States he earned playing time in goal with CN.Y. United FC Semi Pro Team and the Syracuse Silver Knight’s MISL Pro Team.

Wynne is licensed by US Soccer and holds a USSF National B License, USSF National C License. With the NSCAA he has the following licenses – Advanced Regional Diploma and Regional Diploma. In London he received his UEFA B Pro License through the English FA. In Ireland he has his FAI Senior A License and the FAI Level 2 National Goalkeeper License.

Coach Wynne lives in Rochester with his two son, Eoin (8) and Niall (7) and is engaged to Laura Caraballo.

 

David LaPietra → Assistant Coach

Bio. Coming Soon!

 

Mike Killian → Assistant Coach

Bio. Coming Soon!