Tony Pacella enters his fifth season as the Sewanee Head Men's Soccer Coach.
The 2017 season was the best for the men's soccer program, finishing at the .500 mark for the first time since 2013 when the team finished 8-8-2. Finishing as the No. 3 seed in the SAA Tournament, it is the highest finish in Sewanee's short history with the conference. Winning four conference matches is the most since the 2011 season, and the team finished the season with a conference winning percentage over .500 for the first time since 2003 (.667).
Increasing his win total each season, Pacella recorded a 7-10-2 record in 2016.
In his first two seasons, Pacella immediately raised the bar with one of the toughest schedules in the southeast. Over the past two years, Sewanee has won 10 games and have close in others with a combined 12 losses by a single goal.
In 2015, the Tigers finished 6-12-2 overall. However, Sewanee entered the SAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed. In the quarterfinals, the Tigers defeated No. 1 seeded Oglethorpe 0-0 (4-2 PKs). A day later, Sewanee topped rival Rhodes when Ramsey Seagle ripped in a late shot in the 87th minute. Unfortunately, Sewanee's magical run ended when No. 2 seeded Millsaps won on its home field by a 2-1 decision in the championship match.
Pacella came to Sewanee from Amherst College, where he served as the assistant men's soccer coach for Jeffs.
At Amherst, Pacella helped the Jeffs to a 35-1-5 record over the past two seasons. During that time, Amherst also won back-to-back NESCAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.
Under Pacella's leadership, Amherst earned two consecutive trips to the NCAA "Elite 8" and was ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA poll in 2013.
Individually, the Jeffs boasted eight All-Americans, 18 All-NESCAC Academic selections, and 10 All-NESCAC honors.
Prior to his time in Amherst, Mass., Pacella served as the assistant men's soccer coach at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn.
A native of Sinking Spring, Pa., he was a four-year starter and two-time all-conference selection at Elizabethtown College, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in business administration and a concentration in finance.
He served as the men's soccer team's captain during his junior and senior seasons, earning the school's Best Male Athlete honor in 2011. In addition to his all-conference recognition, Pacella was a two-time NSCAA Mid Atlantic All-Region selection.