Assistant Coach: MACH 1 FC Girls 2010 HyperSonic
USSF 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11
Coach Tony grew up in a traditional Italian home; son of immigrant parents and siblings where Serie A soccer was as part of family culture as food is. Soccer was a prominent part of his upbringing, where a healthy home rivalry simmered between a father who is a die-hard Napoli SSC fan and a mother who fell in love with Juventus when they moved to Turin, Italy in the late 1950’s. He is an avid fan of the Italian National Team with his earliest memory dating back to the 1982 World Cup victory!
Coach Tony began playing soccer at the age of 5 and was playing club soccer as part of Giovanni XXIII SC est. in 1981. He played club soccer until approximately 1996 – and his love for soccer lives on 40 plus years later. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Health Education where he became lifetime certified as an Interscholastic League Coach with the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Coach Tony has coached organized and recreational sports ranging from Varsity Baseball to Town Soccer and Basketball leagues. He is enjoying a return to coaching, and he owes it all to his daughter Vienna, who encouraged him to get back to his passion. His daughter has inspired Tony to get back to being involved in the sport he has spent a lifetime studying. He is a student of the game and in just 6 months into his return to coaching, he and coach Laverty led a 2010 club girls’ team to a tournament championship in New Hampshire’s Seacoast United Capital Cup.
Coach Tony currently resides in Cumberland with his wife, Melissa and his 2 daughters. He serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools in Cumberland as well and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.