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Brito named new Siena men’s soccer coach

Spent last 8 seasons as assistant at Quinnipiac

Categories: College Sports, Sports

LOUDONVILLE — Graciano Brito has been named the new men’s soccer coach at Siena College, the school announced Wednesday.

Brito, a two-time All-American as a player at Quinnipiac University, has spent the last eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, helping to lead the program to at least a share of four regular season conference championships, highlighted by a MAAC tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.

In Brito’s eight seasons on head coach Eric Da Costa’s staff at Quinnipiac, the Bobcats posted a 71-53-29 overall record and achieved the five winningest seasons in program history. This past fall, Quinnipiac finished 9-6-3 overall with a 7-2-1 league record, earning the No. 2 seed in the MAAC tournament. 

During his time on the Quinnipiac staff, Brito aided in the development of 15 First Team All-Conference, 15 Second Team All-Conference and 12 All-Rookie Team selections. As a player, the 2008 Quinnipiac graduate was the Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 and a two-time NSCAA/Adidas All-American despite the fact that the Cape Verde native had never played organized soccer prior to his enrollment at the school.

Brito led the nation in goals per game (0.95) and points per game (2.05) as a senior in 2008. He went on to sign professionally with Operario dos Acores of the Portugese Second Division before signing with FC New York of the USL Professional League in 2011 and later joining fellow USL PRO squad the Rochester Rhinos in 2012.

Brito inherits a Siena program which posted a 5-12-1 overall record including a 2-7-1 mark in the MAAC last fall.

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