|Title:||Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Previous College:||Fordham '11|
DJ Corrao begins his first season as the men's soccer head coach at Assumption College in the 2014 season. He was named to the position on July 7, 2014.
"I would like to welcome Don to Assumption College as our men's soccer head coach," said Director of Athletics and Recreation Nick Smith. "I am impressed by his knowledge and passion for the game and I think he will do a great job to build on the foundation that we have in our program. Our goals are to excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community and I am excited about the future of our men's soccer program."
Corrao came to Assumption from Division II Molloy College in Long Island, New York where he served as an assistant coach for the Lions from January of 2013 to July of 2014. At Molloy, he was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, training and academic planning for the student-athletes while also playing a key role in community relations and fundraising for the program. In addition to his administrative duties during his time at Molloy, Corrao also mentored a soccer team that contributed to every sports team at the college having a GPA of 3.0 or higher, the first time in the school’s history that had ever occurred. Six athletes who Corrao mentored were named to the ECC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2013-2014 Academic Year, which included ECC All-Conference First Team Selection Senior Forward Dan Brown. Brown has since just completed his first season playing in the USL Premier Development League for the Long Island Rough Riders. In his first season, he was second on the team in goals scored.
In addition to coaching at Molloy, Corrao also served as the director of operations for the men’s soccer program at Adelphi University (N.Y.) for the 2010-2011 seasons as the Panthers advanced to the 2011 Atlantic Soccer Conference Championship Game.
Corrao also has worked as an assistant coach and camp director at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y. During his time at St. Anthony’s the team had a record of 15-3-2. Corrao mentored the League MVP Brendan Reardon, who since has gone on to play soccer at Division I program Iona College, four All-State players (Reardon, Mark Jecewicz, Joe Busuttil, Conor McEhlminney) and two All-League players (Nick Cestaro, Justin Carofra). Corrao also served as the director of soccer at the Village of Branch Soccer Club in Smithtown, N.Y. since from 2012-2014.
In addition to his coaching experience, Corrao was a member of the men’s soccer program at Division I Fordham University for four seasons (2007-2010), where he appeared in 24 matches, scoring his lone collegiate goal at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the final day of Atlantic-10 regular season play. In this game Fordham clinched a berth in the Atlantic-10 tournament. During his time at Fordham he was a member of the Atlantic-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Academically, he was a member of the International Honor Society of Economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economy and Development in 2011. He earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Molloy College in the summer of 2014.
Corrao grew up playing in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). The Commack, New York resident started playing in the Commack Soccer Club, then competed for the Huntington Boys Club Arsenal.
Corrao credits his family for getting him into coaching. His father Don is an Associate Head Coach at St. Anthony’s High School. His father has contributed to three state championship teams, including one in 2005 when Corrao was a member of the team. His brother, William, is the Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball at Molloy College. His brother-in-law, Kevin Leighton, is the Head Coach of Baseball at Fordham University. His sister, Katie, was a Graduate Assistant for the Women’s Soccer program at Manhattan College. In addition to having a family with an extensive coaching background, Corrao is also an uncle of six nieces and nephews named William, Taylor, Kristen, Lauren, Madelyn, and Owen.
Corrao currently resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.