Head Coach Chris Petrucelli

Chris Petrucelli was named Head Coach of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in 1990. His plan was to increase the level of competition the team would face, providing opportunities to young talent to play and, eventually, contending for the National Title. Petrucelli assumed the Irish women's coaching position after serving as an assistant coach to Notre Dame's men's soccer coach Mike Berticelli for six years at Old Dominion. His record as Head Coach at Notre Dame has been very successful. It is exemplified in his 86-14-6 record while coaching the team to two back to back NCAA tournament births. Last season the Irish defeated nine ranked opponents. They captured the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Title for both the regular season and the tournament for the fourth and second consecutive years respectively. The Irish also claimed the runner-up position in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

Petrucelli last year also produced a bumper crop of All-American players. These All-American players were Senior Forward Rosella Guerrero, Junior Mid-Fielder Cindy Daws, Junior Goalie Jen Renola, Freshman Mid-Fielder Holly Manthei and Freshman Defender Kate Sobrero. Holly Manthei was also the MCC's All Newcomer of the year posting an Irish Record and leading all of Women's Soccer in Assits with 30.

Petrucelli states "Because of the academic reputation of the University and the talented players who have already chosen Notre Dame, we feel we are in a strong position to compete at the Highest level. A high-caliber program is not thrown together hap-hazardly. We've put alot of time and effort into developing the program." Hence the success of Coach Petrucelli's teams are not attributed to the luck of the Irish but it his demonstrative and intensive coaching style that propels the drive for victory.

"The utlimate goal is to win a national championship," Petrucelli says. "Whether that happens this year or in the near future it is up to us. We've improved our schedule, our play and our quality of players every year. I don't think winning a championship is out of our reach. It takes time, but we have all the resources here at Notre Dame to be able to do that."

Petrucelli is no stranger to knowing what it takes to win a National Title. During his playing career, Petrucelli helped North Carolina Greensboro capture a pair of NCAA Division III titles in 1982 and 1983. As a Senior he was named as the team's Captain.

As well as being a member of the United States Soccer Federation Region I Olympic Developement Program, he now also serves on the Region II staff and he is serving as the chairman of the NCAA Division I Soccer Rules Committee. His efforts have also earned him the honor of being named the Head Coach for the United States Olympic Festival in each of the past two summers. He was also named as the 1994 National Coach of the Year!!


Coaching Record

Year

School

Wins

Losses

Ties

Per.

ISAA Rank

Honors

1990

Notre Dame

16

3

1

.825

1991

Notre Dame

15

2

3

.825

16

MCC Champs

1992

Notre Dame

13

5

1

.711

15

MCC Champs

1993

Notre Dame

19

3

0

.864

3

MCC Champs

1994

Notre Dame

23

1

1

.940

1

MCC Champs

1995

Notre Dame

12

2

2

.813

1

Totals

98

16

8

.836