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The 2012 campaign will be David Bucciero fifth season as the head women's soccer coach at American University. He has accumulated a 11-10-7 record in the Patriot League and an overall mark of 28-41-9, which includes a .500 conference record or better in each three of his four seasons.
In the Classroom
Bucciero's squad has shined in the classroom during his four seasons, consistently performing as one of the top academic programs at American as well as in the entire Patriot League.
In 2011-12, Jenna Stasiewicz was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Eagles earned a conference-best three honorees on the Academic All-Patriot League Team (Jasmine Mohandesi, Stasiewicz, and Mikaila Weaver), marking the second year in a row that they have had the most selections in the conference. Additionally, 22 student-athletes were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a conference-high for the third straight year.
In the 2010-11 academic year, the Eagles recorded a stellar 3.55 team grade-point average, which set a new program record. AU earned a single-semester record 3.55 GPA in the spring 2011 semester, which came on the heels of a 3.54 mark in the fall 2010 term. Based on their fall 2010 performance, the Eagles earned the most Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selections with 20, the second straight year they had the most honorees of any conference program. American had four of the 12 Patriot League women's soccer student-athletes who posted perfect 4.0 GPAs in the fall semester, and two student-athletes -- Friederike Engel and Stasiewicz -- earned 4.0s in both the fall and spring semesters. Bucciero's Eagles also registered a conference-best three student-athletes -- Engel, Brooke Sheppard and Weaver -- on the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team.
The 2009 team also accomplished a tremoundous amount academically, finishing the 2009-10 academic year with a 3.526 team grade-point average, the highest year-long GPA in program history at the time. Twenty-two of the 28 student-athletes on the team were selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following the fall 2009 semester, the most honorees of any women's soccer team in the conference.
In 2008, American was honored with 18 student-athletes named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. The team had a 3.43 GPA for the 2008-09 academic year with six student-athletes earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in either the fall or spring semester.
On the Field
In 2011, the Eagles ended the season with a 1-0 victory at Patriot League regular season champion Colgate to complete a 2-4-1 conference slate. Juniors Michelle Montilo and Jasmine Mohandesi were both named All-Patriot League with Montilio picking up First Team honors and Mohandesi earning a spot on the Second Team.
The 2010 season ended on a positive note with Bucciero's Eagles rallying for a 6-2-3 finish in their final 11 matches. This included thrilling double overtime victories over both Radford and Princeton during the non-conference slate. Additionally, the Eagles closed the season with two goals in the final three minutes to earn the come-from-behind win at Navy, which eliminated the Midshipmen from what would have been a berth into the Patriot League Tournament. The victory propelled AU to a 2-2-3 record in Patriot League action and a 6-10-3 overall mark.
The 2009 campaign was extremely successful for American with its 5-2 Patriot League record, good for a second-place result in the regular season. The Eagles defeated Bucknell in the Patriot League Semifinals before falling 1-0 in sudden death double overtime to top-seeded Colgate in the finals. Bucciero was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year, marking only the third time an AU women's soccer coach has received the award. Additionally, four of Bucciero's student-athletes were selected to the All-Patriot League Teams, which included Friederike Engel's Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honor.
In 2008, his first season at American University, Bucciero's squad earned either a tie or win in five of its last six contests. Additionally, in non-conference play, the Eagles played to a 1-1 draw at Maryland.
In March 2008, Bucciero came to AU from Boston University's women's soccer program, where he was an assistant coach for seven years, and the associate head coach from 2005-2008. During his tenure, the Terriers went 73-37-14, captured four America East Championships and made five NCAA Tournament appearances. Bucciero also assisted in developing 15 America East All-Conference First Team Selections and helped lead the program to its highest ranking ever in 2006, as the Terriers were ranked No. 10 in the country.
In addition, Bucciero was the primary recruiting coordinator and assisted with bringing in the No. 1 recruiting class in the America East Conference five out of the last six years he was there. Bucciero assisted with team management, game analysis and organized goalkeeper practices. Additionally, he was responsible for video analysis of the team and individual players, monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes, assisting with community service activities and organizing and directing summer camps and fundraising activities.
From 2003-06, Bucciero also served as the coach for the Under-16 Massachusetts State Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. Additionally, in 2001, he worked as the assistant/goalkeepers coach for the Boston Renegades of the semi-pro W-League. In that season, the Renegades captured the league title.
From 1998-2001, before arriving in Boston, Bucciero worked at Texas Tech. He began in 1998 as the goalkeepers coach before being elevated to first assistant coach in 1999. During his tenure in Lubbock, Texas, Bucciero's responsibilities included recruiting coordination, setting up official visits, practice and game analysis and organizing summer camps. During this time, he also served as a club coach and the Director of Coaching for the Lubbock Elite Youth Soccer Club.
Outside of AU
Over the last seven years, Bucciero has also been actively involved in the Region 1 Girls Olympic Development Program as both a goalkeeper and team coach. He is currently the assistant coach for the Under-14 Region 1 Girls team. Some of his responsibilities include evaluating and selecting the Under-14 Regional Team, communicating with the national team staff about players, and coaching the regional team at events during the year. He also holds both a USSF "A" License and an NSCAA Advanced License.
Additionally, Bucciero is the director of the Dave Bucciero Soccer Camps, which take place each summer on the campus of American University.
A native of Vienna, Va., Bucciero was a four-year letterwinner as a goalie at James Madison University from 1991-95. In his final two years at JMU, the Dukes advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. He also won an Under-19 National Championship in 1991 while playing for the Vista Hurricane Club team.
Bucciero graduated from James Madison in 1995 with a Bachelor's degree in history. In 1998, he earned his Master's degree in history from Washington College. He lives with his wife, Diane, in Ashburn, Va. They have two children, Noah and Isabella Grace, who was born in January 2010.