Juniata College

Juniata College Athletics
1700 Moore Street Huntingdon, PA 16652
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small Developing team

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Joseph Alianiello

Coach Alianiello, a native of Altoona, spent the last seven years at the University of Minnesota Crookston as the head women's soccer coach. While at Minnesota Crookston, he led the team to its best two seasons in school history while beating nationally and regionally ranked opponents for the first-time program history and setting school records in fewest goals allowed in consecutive seasons. In 2015, he set the school record for most wins in a season and the program won six straight United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards. He leaves with the most conference wins in program history.


Prior to his time at the University of Minnesota, coach Alianiello spent a season as the assistant women's soccer coach/academic advisor at Winona State University and before that he spent four years as the head coach at Concordia University.


In his one season at Winona State they were the NSIC regular season champions and worked with the goalie's as they tallied eight conference shutouts and 10 overall. The team finished the year 14-4-1 and the starting goalkeeper received second team All-America recognition.


In his five years at Concordia he: led the team to wins over three conference opponents they had never defeated (Northern State, Southwest Minnesota State and Winona State), was named NSIC Coach of the Year, and broke six school records in the standout 2006 season (most wins in school history, most conference wins in school history, highest regular season finish, first ever postseason win in school history, first-ever appearance in the NSIC finals and third place in the NSIC Tournament). He is also the all-time wins leader at Concordia.


Alianiello graduated from Saint Francis University with a B.A. in History before getting his master's at Concordia University. He also played goalkeeper on the men's soccer team at Saint Francis all four years where he holds several records. He holds the single season record in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts in a season. He holds the career record in goals against average, shutouts, save percentage and wins. Alianiello was voted Team Defensive Player of the Year his final two years and served as a team captain his final year.


Alianiello resides in State College with his partner Jessica and their son Aidan Thomas.

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Julia Clifford

Clifford enters her first season as the assistant women's soccer coach. Before Juniata, Clifford spent 2016 as the starting goalkeeper at playing for the Women's Premiere Soccer League Minnesota TwinStars, a semi-professional team. Early in 2018 she played for the Twin City Fire 98 SC and was their starting goalie. Later that same year she played for FC Paredes in Portugal before playing for CE Europa in Spain in January of 2019. Clifford graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Sports Management with a Coaching minor. In her senior season at St. Cloud she amassed 96 saves, posted four shutouts, had a goals-against average of 1.44 with a .757 save percentage, and started all 19 games.

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Kaleigh Dale

Kaleigh Dale is entering her fifth season as assistant coach for the Juniata women’s soccer program. She is a 2010 graduate of Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland where she was a four-year player for the Bobcats at either the midfield or forward position.


“Kaleigh is a very seasoned assistant coach,” said head coach Scott McKenzie. “I consider us to be very fortunate to have her with us. She knows the game very well and is mature from the graduate assistant process and from being out in the field for a year already. Kaleigh knows how to coach, she knows how to manage student-athletes, she understands expectation, and I expect her to be able to hit the ground running with the team.”


As a player, Herring competed in four Capital Athletic Conference championship games, finally winning the title her senior year in 2009, three Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments, and one NCAA tournament. After completing her undergraduate degree at Frostburg, majoring in Exercise and Sport Science, Herring stayed on campus as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for two years while earning her masters degree in education. She also served as the assistant soccer coach at Fort Hill high school during that time.


“I’m very excited to be joining coach McKenzie’s staff,” said Dale. “I was really drawn to the reputation of Juniata women’s soccer and the overall tradition here on campus not only in athletics, but on the academic side as well.


After completing her Masters degree, Herring was hired as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Marietta College. While there, she acted as the interim head women’s soccer coach and conducted all daily operations and recruiting aspects of the program.


Dale is a certified personal trainer and has a strong passion for strength and conditioning. Originally from Perry Hall, Maryland, she graduated from North Harford High School.

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