The Bronx Community College Broncos men’s soccer team will be kicking off the 2021 season with some new, reputable leadership at the helm after a 5-7-1 campaign last year.
Dan Cinelli, an experienced and successful Long Island high school soccer coach will be taking on the Bronco’s head coaching role come this April.
According to BCC Athletic Director Ryan McCarthy, Cinelli is bringing with him, “fantastic experiences building winning programs at the local club and high school levels, in addition to having tremendous playing and educational experiences in and around the game.”
As an athlete, Cinelli won the NEC conference and reached the NCAA tournament with Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2003, later going on to play for Nassau Community College and then Marist in 2006.
Cinelli spent the previous three years of his coaching career in charge of New Hyde Park Memorial High School in Nassau County, leading the Gladiators to its first playoff appearance in 12 seasons in addition to a second run for the crown.
New Hyde Park went undefeated in that sequel run, where the Gladiators were ranked in Long Island’s top 10 teams and number 18 overall in New York state by the New York State Sports Writers Association.
As result of the mega program turnaround, Cinelli was voted Nassau County Conference A1 Coach of the Year.
In recent years, he has also served as the head coach of Kosmos Athletic Culture as well as both a coach and trainer at Flushing Futbol Academy where he is also the director of youth soccer.
BCC boasted that Cinelli is also a concussion certified coach and is currently attending Ohio University to obtain a master’s degree in soccer coaching education — the only soccer sport specific master’s degree in the country.
The Broncos open next season on the road in Middletown against Orange County Community College on Saturday, April 3; that’s when Cinelli and BCC begin their quest for a CUNY athletic conference title.