Soccer - W Coaching Staff
Caitlin Cucchiella
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Albany, N.Y.
High School: Colonie Central
Alma Mater: Ohio State
Graduating Year: 2009
Phone: (518) 442-3043

Caitlin Cucchiella spent four years as head women's soccer coach at UAlbany, leading the Great Danes to their first America East titles in program history in 2015 and 2016.

At the helm, Cucchiella led UAlbany to a pair of 11-win seasons, tying the most victories in a single year in program history, the 2015 and 2016 America East Tournament title, a share of the 2016 America East regular season title, hosting rights to the 2016 America East title game and the team's first-ever appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

The 2016 season saw the team continue to rise, earning the program's first-ever conference regular season titleand the first time the Great Danes hosted the America East title game.  The 1-seed UAlbany defeated New Hampshire 1-0 and 2-seed Hartford 2-1 in the title game to win the second straight America East Tournament title.  UAlbany drew UConn in the NCAA First Round, becoming the first team in almost two months to score two goals against the Huskies in a 4-2 defeat to finish at 11-8-1 overall and 6-1-1 in America East play.  UAlbany also had a program record six America East All-Conference players, headlined by Co-Rookie of the Year Meghan Cavanaugh.  Caitlyn Paltsios and Caroline Kopp earned All-Conference First Team honors while Cavanaugh, Kiana Rugar, Alexa Schneider and Vivian Vega were placed on the Second Team.

In 2015, UAlbany had its second double digit win season in Division I history.  The team, winning its final three conference games, finished tied for second place in the America East to pick up the 2-seed, its highest placement in the league tournament.  UAlbany came back twice, defeating Vermont 2-1 in overtime then taking down Hartford 2-1 on the road to secure the America East Tournament title and subsequent NCAA Tournament automatic qualifier.  UAlbany drew eventual national champion Penn State in the NCAA First Round and ended the season with a 11-9-1 overall record and 4-3-1 conference tally.  Alexa Schneider became the program's first-ever two-time America East All-Conference First Team player while Vivian Vega, who earned a place on the U20 Mexican National Team, was placed on the All-Conference Second Team.

2014 saw a strong turnaround for UAlbany under Coach Cucchiella as the Great Danes improved their win total from two to seven and their undefeated games total from three to 12.  The team, which earned program records with 35 goals, 32 assists and 102 points, finished 7-9-5 overall and 4-2-1 in the America East for a fourth place finish after being predicted in the preseason poll to finish eighth.  UAlbany defeated 5-seed Maine 2-0 in the America East quarterfinals to earn a semifinal berth.  Vivian Vega was named America East Rookie of the Year after earning 22 points, with she and Alexa Schneider earning All-Conference First Team honors, only the second season that the program earned two First Team players.  Shelby Belak and Caitlyn Paltsios each earned All-Conference Second Team status while Vega and Kiana Rugar were placed on the All-Rookie Team.

Although her first year at UAlbany was a challenge on the field, the team earned an National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for achieving over a 3.0 GPA in the classroom from the 2012-13 season.  Freshman Alexa Schneider was chosen as a member of the America East All-Rookie Team.

She previously was the first full-time Head Coach at the Sage Colleges, leading the Gators to a 4-4-1 Skyline Conference record and conference tournament participation.  Prior to Sage, she was the first assistant coach at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland for three years.

Collegiately, Cucchiella was a scholarshiped student-athlete at the Ohio State University from 2005-09, playing as a forward and center midfielder.  She ranked 13th all-time in career assists at the time of her graduation.  She was an NSCAA Academic All-America and four-time Ohio State University Scholar-Athlete award recipient, also being a two-time All-Big Ten Scholar-Athlete Award winner.

Cucchiella completed her US Soccer Federation National “A” License requirements in 2013.  The National “A” license is the highest level coaching license awarded in the United States.  In 2010, she completed her National “C” course and she was chosen as the recipient of the US Soccer Federation “Bob McNulty Award,” given to the coach who best exemplifies the performance, attitude, and devotion sought by the USSF at its National “C” License School.

At the time of her hiring at UAlbany, Cucchiella stated: “I have always wanted to be a Division I head coach.  To be given the opportunity to take on the responsibility as head coach for the University at Albany is a great privilege and honor,” said Colfer.  She brings to UAlbany a unique skill set and relentless pursuit of achievement, which will be the foundation for student-athlete success on the field and in the classroom.

A two-time NSCAA/Adidas All-American at Colonie High School (2003, 2004) in the Capital District, she was a member of the Region 1 (Eastern US) Olympic Development Program (ODP) from 2000 – 2005.  During this time, ODP selected her to play in Europe twice.  She played in Spain and Portugal in 2003 and later represented “Team USA” at an under 17 international tournament in Castle Bar, Ireland in 2004.  She was also selected to attend a US national team event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in 2005.

On Premier teams, she played in six consecutive state cup finals, winning three state cup championships, one in Connecticut and two in New York, on three different teams.  Her final Premier team, Albertson Express, was ranked first in the nation.  She has won major Premier tournaments throughout the country.

She continued her playing career with the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and served as the team captain for the 2006 and 2007 "Adirondack Lynx," which garnered the Northeast Division Championship title in 2006.  In 2011, she led the Baltimore, Maryland "ASA Chesapeake Charge" to the Region 1 Championship.  She was also a two-time bronze medalist in the Empire State Games as a member of both the Adirondack 2004 Scholastic Girls and 2008 Open Woman’s soccer teams.

Cucchiella earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human development and Family science from The Ohio State University in 2009, and attained a Master of Education degree in Athletic Program Leadership and Administration from Goucher College in 2011.  She lives with her husband, Powell, and her son, Creighton, in the Capital District.

Caitlin Cucchiella Coaching Career
Head Coach, University at Albany: 2013-present
--2016: 11-8-1, 6-1-1 America East (t-1st place, America East Regular Season Co-Champion, America East Tournament Champion, NCAA First Round)
--2015: 11-9-1, 4-3-1 America East (t-2nd place, America East Tournament Champion, NCAA First Round)
--2014: 7-9-5, 3-2-3 America East (4th place, America East Tournament Semifinalist)
--2013: 2-14-1, 1-6-1 America East (8th place)
Head Coach, the Sage Colleges: 2012-13
--2012: 5-10-1, 4-3-1 Skyline Conference (5th place, Skyline Tournament Quarterfinalist)
Assistant Coach, Goucher College: 2009-12