ETSU Picks Calabrese To Coach Men’s Team.
For it’s first season, the ETSU men will have no scholarships, but in 2008 it will become a scholarship program and will compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. East Tennessee has had a women’s team since 1997.
“It is truly an honor to be named the first head men’s soccer coach in the history of ETSU,” Calabrese said. “The vision of the university,
the athletic department and the community shows a deep commitment to the future of ETSU and the region. I am excited to be a part of this growth and look forward to building a team that brings a sense of pride and tradition to ETSU, as well as the local soccer community.”
East Tennessee becomes only the second Division I men’s soccer program in Tennessee. The University of Memphis is the other.
“It is my goal to build the men’s soccer program at ETSU into a
dominant force in the Atlantic Sun Conference and to compete with the
best teams in the South Region. I am excited and honored for the
opportunity and can’t wait to get to work.”
ETSU has an recently completed soccer facility. Construction was finalized for on-campus competition and practice fields in October.
A 1994 graduate of Bryant College, Calabrese has spent the past four seasons helping guide the Clemson 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.
He also is a former assistant coach at UNC Chapel Hill where he helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA national championship, and he served an assistant coach with the WUSA Carolina Courage professional team.