WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Julio Vacacela has been added to the Monmouth University women’s soccer coaching staff, head coach Krissy Turner announced Wednesday.

“Julio’s addition to our staff will be great for our team and our goalkeepers,” Turner said. “His experience, along with being a Monmouth University graduate, will improve our program and we are fortunate to have him.”

A 1991 graduate of Monmouth, Vacacela was a goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team and a member of the Hawks’ 1990 Northeast Conference regular season and tournament championship team. Vacacela played semi-professional soccer in New York and New Jersey following his graduation and has coached several men’s and women’s soccer players in various coaching roles.

From 2001 through 2011, Vacacela coached at Match Fit Academy Football Club and served as an assistant coach working with goalkeepers for the Princeton University women’s soccer team from 2003-2014. Vacacela has also worked as a staff coach with New Jersey Rush Soccer club since 2014 and as the Director of Coaching at Howell United Soccer Club since 2016. He has also assisted as a Boys Staff Coach for the New Jersey Olympic Development Program since 2001.

Monmouth kicks off its season when it hosts Hofstra University Friday at 6 p.m.