Former Saint Michael's men's soccer captain Tino Tomasi '16 returns to his alma mater's coaching staff for his second season as an assistant in 2017.
A 2016 team that saw six key players miss major stretches utilized 15 players who either were in their first season of college soccer or their initial season holding a critical role on the team. The Purple Knights still finished 5-10-1 overall and 3-9-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, starting the year with their second Catholic Cup crown in three seasons, before all 10 of their losses came by two goals or fewer. Four consecutive one-goal setbacks to begin October - including the final three against eventual NE10 Championship qualifiers - damaged their postseason hopes.
Tomasi served as a captain in 2015, when he appeared in a career-high 13 games out of the midfield and helped the Purple Knights qualify for their first NE-10 Championship in eight years. He played 31 contests over three seasons, missing his junior year due to injury but serving as the team manager that fall. A four-time NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll qualifier due to academic success, Tomasi earned the Department of Athletics' Victor V. LeMieux ’35 Award as a senior due to traits such as loyalty and leadership.
Also a resident director at Saint Michael's, Tomasi brings a wealth of leadership experience to his coaching position. He has coached soccer to youths through the Nordic Soccer Club and the Williston Recreation & Parks Department while officiating the sport for a decade; was a counselor at Camp ForMe, a camp for adopted children in Vermont; and has worked with the Boys & Girls Club and Ghana-Sight Unseen for Akropong, the latter aiding blind students in his native country.
As a student-athlete at the College, Tomasi was a resident assistant, teaching assistant, tutor and student teacher, and was involved in the Student Ambassador program, Purple Knight Leadership Academy (PKLA), Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and Pre-Orientation Weekend (POW). Tomasi was one of four students chosen to represent the College and the NE-10 at the 2015 NCAA Division II APPLE Conference in South Carolina. A past student employee in the Department of Athletics, Tomasi has interned at Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center and Counseling Connection, both in Colchester.
Tomasi, who landed on the Dean's List four times during his college career, graduated in May 2016 with a degree in psychology. He grew up in nearby Williston and attended Champlain Valley Union High School before taking a postgraduate year at Holderness (N.H.) School.