FORT MYERS, Fla. – Bringing experience as a Division-I collegiate player, administrator for an MLS franchise and an assistant coach at the Division-III level, FGCU head men’s soccer coach Bob Butehorn has announced Joe Dincecco as the team’s new assistant coach.
In his role, Dincecco – who replaces the recently-resigned Chris Gores – will assist with FGCU’s recruiting, scouting and player development.
"I’m excited to welcome Joe to our program,” Butehorn said. “He’s accomplished a lot in his young career, and he brings a wealth of different experience as a coach, player and administrator. He will be a great asset for our team, and I’m looking forward for him to begin working with our players.”
Dincecco has spent the previous two seasons at Manhattanville College just outside New York City where he served as an assistant coach. Prior to his time with the 2012 Freedom Conference regular-season champions, Dincecco was a team administrator for the San Jose Earthquakes from December of 2007 through July of 2012. Dincecco was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Richmond, winning an Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship as a freshman in 2003 and serving as the team captain in his senior campaign in 2006.
“I am excited to be in Southwest Florida and contribute to the winning ways which coach Butehorn has cultivated with the FGCU men’s soccer program,” added Dincecco. “I greatly appreciate the warm welcome I have received from everyone, and I am eager to get to work and start the preseason.”
During his time with Manhattanville, Dincecco worked alongside the 2012 Freedom Conference Coach of the Year, Gregg Miller, and expanded the program’s recruiting network by bringing in 26 players from seven different states and three countries. He monitored student-athletes’ academic progress through individual meetings, and in four semesters on staff the team posted a 3.22 GPA and received a 2012-13 NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic Award.
While with the Earthquakes, he managed team travel, including airline flights, ground transportation, meals, per diem stipends and game tickets for players, coaches, management and support staff. Dincecco worked directly with the franchise’s general manager to prepare preseason training schedules and set budgets. Furthermore, he created collegiate scouting reports, recommended free agents and assisted the coaching staff with executing the annual invite-only combine.
Dincecco began his professional career as a ticket sales representative with the Earthquakes from September 2007 through December of that same year. In that timeframe, he generated $430,000 in new ticket sales revenue – the highest of any employee – while also assisting in the planning and execution of marketing events and activities, including player appearances.
Dincecco graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Management from Richmond in 2007. He received his Master’s in Sports Business Management from Manhattanville earlier this year.
FGCU – which returns all 11 starters and did not lose any players to graduation from the 2013 campaign — became the first team in Atlantic Sun Conference history to win four straight regular-season titles this past fall with a 6-1-1 record. The Green and Blue has a 28-3-2 mark in A-Sun games since the start of the 2010 season. All three of its conference losses have come on the road, and out of a possible 99 points that could have been earned in that time, the Eagles have claimed an impressive 86 of them.
The Eagles kick off their 2014 campaign at home on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. against budding rival USF.
For 2014 men’s soccer ticket information, visit the Alico Arena Ticket Office, call 239-590-7145 or log on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. For up-to-the minute information and a behind-the-scenes look at the program, follow on Twitter @FGCU_MSoccer.