Carlo Acquista: “I am humbled and honored for this fantastic opportunity that has been presented to me here at Fordham University.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Ballweg/Adelphi Athletics)
Carlo Acquista, a Red Bulls scout and former head coach at Adelphi University and St. Francis College, has been named the fifth head coach of the Fordham men’s soccer program.
His appointment was announced by Fordham director of athletics Dave Roach.
“We are thrilled to bring on Carlo Acquista to lead the men’s soccer program,” Roach said. “Carlo has extensive background in finding outstanding talent and bringing it to New York, whether it was for the Red Bulls, Adelphi, or St. Francis, and then develop that talent into winning programs. We hope he will continue that trend at Fordham and keep our program at the top of the Atlantic 10 Conference.”
A member of the St. John’s University team that captured the NCAA Division I title in 1996, Acquista succeeds Jim McElderry, who left to become Rutgers University men’s head coach.
Acquista served as a Red Bulls scout since February 2018, assisting in the construction of the MLS roster and and as lead scout and recruiter for the United Soccer League and Premier Development League rosters. He observed and evaluated college and professional matches globally, providing detailed reports to Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett, head coach Chris Armas and its head scout.
“I am humbled and honored for this fantastic opportunity that has been presented to me here at Fordham University,” Acquista said. “My family and I could not be more thrilled to become part of the Rams family. I want to thank David Roach, Charlie Elwood, and the committee for their belief and trust I will continue with men’s soccer traditions. As a native New Yorker, I understand the history of Fordham University and the men’s soccer program. I am looking forward to continue instilling the core values of integrating academic and athletic experiences successfully in the Jesuit tradition. I will work diligently to recruit the talented student-athlete who will compete in the ultra-competitive Atlantic 10, as well as meeting and engaging our proud alumni, campus community, and fans.”
Acquista spent 11 seasons as the head men’s soccer at Adelphi, as well as serving as a senior assistant athletic director in the school’s athletics department.
He posted a 120-69-19 record with the Panthers, a .623 winning percentage. Acquista guided the Panthers to four league championships, which included two in the Atlantic Soccer Conference (2009 and 2010) and, more recently, two Northeast-10 Conference Championships (2016 and 2017), earning Northeast-10 and ECAC coach of the year honors in both seasons.
After making its first NCAA appearance in nine seasons in 2015, Adelphi went 19-1-2 in 2016, winning the NCAA Division II East Region and advancing to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals, setting school records for wins and shutouts (13) and finishing the year ranked fifth in the United Soccer Coaches national poll. Acquista was named the 2016 United Soccer Coaches East Region coach of the year, as Adelphi finished with a No. 5 national ranking.
Acquista arrived at Adelphi from St. Francis College (N.Y/), where he held the position of head coach for five seasons and was one of the youngest Division I coaches in the country (23-years-old), when he was hired in 2002.
A graduate of St. John’s University in 2000, Acquista was a four-year member of the Red Storm, which reached the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons. He helped St. John’s capture an NCAA Division I national title in 1996 and also had a hand in two Big East Championship teams. He has a degree in sports management from St. John’s and later graduated from Adelphi University with a master’s degree in sports management.
Acquista and his wife, Lauren, reside in Westbury, N.Y., and have twin boys, Lucas and Christian.