SUNY Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College Athletics
Buckham Hall - 1300 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222
Division 3 New York Northeast
Public Medium National competitor


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Francesco Cardillo

Francesco Cardillo has led the Bengals to a record of 26-9-2 in two seasons, including a pair of SUNYAC playoff berths with a trip to the semifinals in 2019 since being named head coach in 2018. His 2019 team matched a school record for wins in a season with a final mark of 15-4.

Prior to being promoted to the program's head coach, Cardillo spent the previous three seasons at Buffalo State, including the two years as the lead assistant on the men’s staff after one year as the top assistant on the women’s staff. Cardillo was part of the staff that earned United Soccer Coaches East Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017 after pacing the Bengals to a 14-3-3 overall record, just one win shy of matching a school record for wins in a season. Buffalo State was ranked as high as 13th in the nation. Buffalo State also qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1984. In two seasons with the Bengals staff, his teams combined to post a record of 25-10-4 and in his one season with the women’s team, the Bengals were 15-4-1.

Cardillo was also a key part of the men’s program’s turnaround during his playing days. A tough midfielder, he transferred from SUNY Canton in 2013 and was named All-SUNYAC in both seasons at Buffalo State, leading the Bengals to 15 wins in two years, a marked improvement for a team that won just one game in 2012.

A native of Oakville, Ont., the dual citizen completed his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State in business administration.

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Andy Siviy

Siviy joined the Bengals' coaching staff as an assistant for the 2017 season to work with the team's goalkeepers and was promoted to lead assistant in 2018. He completed his bachelor's degree in economics from the University at Buffalo where he played one season for the Division I Bulls. He was a Region I ODP player and also earned All-Greater Rochester honors as a high school player. A native of Webster, NY, he has served a goalkeeping and assistant coach at Global Premier Soccer since 2015.

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Thomas Karanas

Karanas joined the Bengals' coaching staff in 2013, where he also served as an assistant manager of the school's fitness center. He has additional coaching experience, serving with Clarence, Empire United, and Kenmore soccer clubs. He has also acted as the director of Buffalo State’s annual summer camp.

A four-year player with the Bengals from 2008-11, he captained the team during his junior and senior seasons. He was a Buffalo State Scholar-Athlete, a two-time member of the All-SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List, and was voted team MVP as a freshman. A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., he completed his bachelor's degree in criminal justice and finished his master's degree in the same field, earning membership in the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Karanas spent three seasons as the head assistant coach from 2013-2016. Currently, Karanas is a volunteer assistant with the program, after accepting a full time position on campus.

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