Niagara University

Niagara University Athletic Department
Upper Level Gallagher Center, P.O. Box 2009 Niagara Falls, NY 14109
Division 1 New York Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Bill Boyle

Bill Boyle enters his third season as the head coach of Niagara men's soccer in 2018. Boyle was hired in January 2016 after assistant coaching stints at Michigan State University, Colgate University and, most recently, the University at Albany.

In his first season leading the Purple Eagles, Boyle guided the team to a 3-6-1 record in the MAAC (4-11-2 overall). Niagara earned its first-ever win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Sept. 25, 2016, a 1-0 overtime victory. The team was led by 2016 MAAC All-Rookie Team midfielder Mackenzie Roach. Boyle's team also excelled in the classroom. Seven of 12 eligible players were named to the 2016 MAAC All-Academic Team, and senior back Konrad Zydowicz was honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member.

In 2017, the Purple Eagles went 1-8-1 against MAAC teams and 2-14-2 overall. For the second straight season under Boyle, the Purple Eagles landed a player on the MAAC's All-Rookie Team, freshman back Matthew Krucko-Moeller. Nine Purple Eagles players were named to the 2017 MAAC All-Academic Team, the most since 2012 and tied for the second-most ever in program history.

Prior to Niagara, Boyle spent five seasons coaching collegiate soccer in New York state. In his second season at UAlbany in 2015, Boyle helped the Great Danes to their first-ever America East regular-season title en route to being named the America East's Coaching Staff of the Year. UAlbany also had three student-athletes named to the conference's first-team, one to the second team selection, one to the rookie team, two to the all-academic team and had the striker of the year.

Boyle served as an assistant coach at Colgate University from 2011-14. Colgate won the Patriot League title in 2011, and Boyle played a large role in coaching Patriot League Player of the Year, Mike Reidy. Boyle also recruited a nationally-ranked freshman class to Colgate in 2014, as well as many other players on the Raiders' 2015 Patriot League regular-season championship roster.

Boyle also served as an assistant coach at Michigan State from 2010-11, while earning his USSF A Coaching License. He primarily worked with the goalkeepers, as well as directing the day-to-day operations and scouting opponents. The Spartans advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament Third Round (Sweet Sixteen).

In his previous head coaching experience, Boyle led the men's soccer program at Division III Olivet College in Olivet, Mich. for four seasons from 2005-08. In his first season, Boyle directed the Comets to a 7-6-1 record in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), matching their conference win total from the previous four seasons. In Boyle's final season at Olivet, he led the team to a program-best No. 14 ranking.

From 2004 to 2007, Boyle served as an assistant coach for the Olympic Development Program's 1990 Team, in addition to working as an evaluator for the program's 1988 team in 2004. The Michigan native began his coaching career at Okemos High School from 2001-04 where he led the program to the 2004 Division I State Championship. Boyle also brings to the table 11 years of club soccer coaching experience and over a decade of camp development and instruction experience.

As a player, Boyle was a Mr. Michigan Runner-Up at Okemos after scoring 32 goals in his senior campaign. Boyle was a four-year starter at Hartwick College, where he was coached by NSCAA Hall of Famer Jim Lennox. In his sophomore year in 1995, Boyle scored two goals to help Hartwick defeat fourth-ranked Brown to advance to the NCAA Tournament, where his team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Hartwick was ranked as high as sixth in the nation during Boyle's time on the roster. Boyle played professionally for the Detroit Dynamite and the Cincinnati Riverhawks before beginning his coaching career.

Boyle received a bachelor's degree in business management from Hartwick College in 1998 and also received a teaching certificate in business education from Olivet College in 2010.

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Michael Tanke

2018 is the first season for Michael Tanke as an assistant coach with Niagara men's soccer. Tanke was hired in April 2018, and his main responsibilities include recruiting, assisting with on-field coaching, video analysis, scouting opponents and individual player development.

A native of Niles, Mich., Tanke joins the Purple Eagles after a season involved with Empire United – an elite academy based in Rochester, N.Y. – and their U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. Tanke was heavily involved in their recruiting process, helping high school seniors find their way to multiple NCAA DI programs


Prior to his season with Empire United, Tanke was an assistant with the University of Dayton men’s team for two years.

In 2015, the Flyers posted a 10-5-3 regular season record and reeled off three straight wins in the A-10 Tournament for their first conference crown and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. In the opening round, the Flyers knocked off Oakland in penalty kicks before bowing out to Ohio State in penalty kicks in their next game.

The following season, five players earn all-conference honors, including a pair of first team selections and the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year (Lalas Abubakar). Tanke helped groom Abubakar into one of the best players in the NCAA, which helped him become the fifth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew. Tanke also trained Amass Amankona who was selected by Real Salt Lake in the third round of the same draft to give the Flyers two draftees in one class for the first time ever.

Before heading to Dayton, Tanke was a graduate assistant coach at Castleton University in Vermont for two seasons. Tanke helped guide the Spartans to a 13-4-2 record in 2013, the highest winning percentage for the program in 20 years, and the top spot in the North Atlantic Conference tournament. His teams also boasted five NAC All-Conference players during his stint.

His coaching career began after playing three years professionally with the USL’s Rochester Rhinos, making 24 starts and 41 appearances before injuries forced him to retire. Tanke helped the Rhinos to a regular season conference championship in 2011, playoff appearances in 2011 and 2012, and two appearances in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

The professional career came after Tanke was a four-year midfielder for the Rams at Rhode Island University, where Tanke played 65 career games for the Rams.

Tanke earned Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years at Rhode Island. He won the URI Centennial Scholarship and the Elizabeth Holmes Award as a senior. He was recognized by the Speaker of the House for the State of Rhode Island for his success in the classroom as well.

In 2011, Tanke graduated cum laude from Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. He went on to earn his Master's Degree in Education from Castleton.

Tanke holds a USSF "B" license and a U.S. Youth National license.

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Robert Cavicchia

2018 is the first season for Robert Cavicchia as an assistant coach with Niagara men's soccer.

A native of Brampton, Ont., Cavicchia joins the Purple Eagles after spending two years as the Academy Director at Boost Soccer Academy.

Prior to his stint with Boost, Cavicchia was a goalkeeper coach for the Toronto Soccer Association during the summer of 2016, and spent the two previous years serving as the Technical Director of the York Jets Soccer Club. Cavicchia also boasts experience working for the Jets' U17 Central Soccer League team.

Before coaching, Cavicchia was a four-year starter in goal at Syracuse University from 2005-2008. He captained the team in his senior season, and holds the program record for minutes played (6,386) and still ranks in the top 10 in several school categories, including career shutouts (third – 22), saves (third – 293), goals-against average (fourth – 1.10), wins (T-fifth – 26) and save percentage (eighth – .790).

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