81-59-21 (.568) career head coaching record over eight seasons
Head Coach at Endicott (2011-present)
66-42-19 (.594) overall record, 32-13-9 (.687) in-conference record at Endicott
2x CCC Coach of the Year (2015, 2016)
CCC Finalist appearance (2015)
Three CCC Semifinalist appearances (2014, 2015, 2016)
Six CCC Tournament Quarterfinalist appearances (2011-2016)
2x CCC Regular Season Champions (2015, 2016)
Coached Gulls to program record in single season wins (16), points (120), goals (43) in 2015
2015 ECAC Division III New England Finalist
2014 ECAC Division III New England Champions
2012 ECAC Division III New England Semifinalist
2011 ECAC Division III New England Quarterfinalist
Coached 27 All-CCC players, including 2012 CCC Rookie of the Year Jordan Daniel, 2015 CCC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Carter Ocko, 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Nick Weinstein, 2016 Rookie of the Year Evan Couchot
Coached 7 NSCAA All-New England Region student-athletes
26 student-athletes named to CCC Academic All-Conference Team (3.3+ GPA, sophomore and above)
Gregory Capece '12 named CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America First Team in 2011
Gregory Capece '12 named CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District First Team in 2011
Carter Ocko named NSCAA Athletic All-America Third Team in 2015
Ryan Cohane named 2016 NSCAA NCAA Division III Men’s Scholar All-East Region Third Team
Head Coach at Utica (2008-10)
15-17-2 (.471) overall record, 3-9-2 (.250) in-conference record at Utica
Empire 8 Semifinalist in 2010
Coached Pioneers to school records in wins (12), goals scored (55), and points (153)
Assistant Coach at Western New England (2005-08)
Assistant Coach at Westfield State (2004)
Played at Westfield State (2000-03)
Bachelor of Science, Business Management and Master of Education, Sport Management from Springfield
Four-year letter winner and two-year captain
Two-time MASCAC All-Conference player
MASCAC Championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2000
In his sixth year at the helm of the Endicott men’s soccer program in the 2016-17 season, Head Coach Joe Calabrese believes his philosophy on not just soccer, but life, is starting to rub off on his players.
"We believe and know Endicott College is becoming one of the most special places in the country at any level to play college soccer. It's been created through hard work, time spent together, and the belief in our team culture," says Calabrese. "We're creating a special culture through a shared vision by our players, coaching staff, and alumni. We recruit excellent student-athletes, competitive guys, and young men who embody a mindset of service, self-discipline, and are committed to exceeding our program values, standards, and goals."
The team culture, Calabrese says, encompasses not just soccer, but spiritual beliefs, family, academics, community service and good relationships. “We hold our guys accountable for everything, whether it’s their studies or their play on the field. I want them to see the big picture of their college experience because if they do, it will be that much better.”
The soccer experience at Endicott is competitive, especially considering the parity in Commonwealth Coast Conference opponents year-in and year-out. Calabrese brings that competitive environment from game day into his practices, which run from intense 90-minute sessions to pregame walk-throughs, hoping to prepare his team for a late postseason run.
"At practice, we’ll track wins and losses, and at the end of the session, a champion will emerge. We hold 2 v 2, 4 v 4, or 8 v 8 championship formatted tournaments throughout the fall season, which we believe creates a competitive practice environment preparing our squad for a deep run into the CCC playoffs.”
Offseason training is equally imperative for the success of the program.
"Players aren’t required to be in the weight room 3-to-4 days a week, but the returners have shown that they want to put the work in if they want to be a force not only in the region but at the national level as well," says Calabrese. He also emphasizes the need to work on technical skills throughout the year to improve the simple parts of the game that will seem natural come game day.
Additionally, building team chemistry is a year-round focus for the men's soccer program through community service and some creative programming.
"We believe in doing the extras as a soccer program. Our players play futsol in the Post Center field house during the offseason. They lift weights and complete speed workouts during the winter months and begin those workouts as early as 6:00 a.m. As a program, we've been recipients of the NSCAA Team Academic Award on numerous occasions. Our players are expected to set a new team best for overall team cumulative GPA on a yearly basis. Our team leaders organize our community service projects and collaborate with each other on new ways to serve the North Shore community and the Endicott community."
Calabrese believes team chemistry is best formed by spending time together. "The members of our team live together in the residence halls throughout their playing careers. Our players eat meals together daily in the Callahan Dining Hall, attend professional games, attend Bingo nights at Endicott, go to the local cinema to watch movies, and play video games together in the residence halls."
When it comes to future players, Calabrese admits that he is just looking for recruits that can pass the “good-dude test.”
“Are you willing to make the daily sacrifices to achieve success? Are you willing to give back to the community? Are you going to get the job done in the classroom? Are you willing to put the work in on the field?"
"That’s the standard for our program every single year," says Calabrese.
Page last updated: 12/09/16