Mike Calabretta Joins Women's Soccer Staff
March 4, 2013
Calabretta comes to Wake Forest after eight seasons on staff with the Hoyas, where his duties included recruiting, scouting, player development, training organization and assisting in all aspects of team preparation.
"Mike is a really good coach. He's highly qualified and has a great work ethic," said da Luz. "He was very important at Georgetown as far as their recruiting and training, and he has worked for Bethesda Soccer Club in ECNL, so he knows the players. I think he has a lot to offer, especially on the recruiting front, and I think he's going to be able to pick up where we left off."
"I want to thank Ron Wellman, Mike Buddie and Tony da Luz for this wonderful opportunity," said Calabretta. "Wake Forest is well known as one of the premier women's soccer programs in the nation, and I am thrilled to now be a part of it. I look forward to building upon the excellence and tradition that has been established."
Calabretta helped transform Georgetown into a nationally respected program, leading the Hoyas a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2010. With Calabretta on staff, Georgetown established itself as one of the premier programs in the Big East, winning the National Division title for the first time in 2012 and reaching the Big East Tournament championship game.
The Hoyas were ranked as high as No. 7 nationally during his tenure and also garnered numerous individual honors, including two NSCAA First Team All-Americans, 13 All-BIG EAST selections, the 2012 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, 2009 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, and the 2007 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year.
Calabretta, who holds a United States Soccer Federation National "A" License and a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has been involved at the youth level since 2000.
Working with the Bethesda Soccer Club, Reston Football Club, and McLean Premier Soccer, Calabretta established himself as one of the area's top youth coaches, collecting a record of 81-17-10 in his first two years highlighted by a European Championship at the world's third largest youth tournament. Calabretta's McLean MPS Dragons team, the 2010 USYS Region I Champion, and Bethesda Dragons team, the 2011 ECNL National Finalist, both ranked as the #1 team in the country.
On the college landscape, Calabretta has sent more than 200 youth players to many of the top NCAA Division I men's and women's soccer programs in the United States.
Calabretta holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University, graduating summa cum laude and ranking first in his class.
Calabretta and his wife Anne have daughter and son twins Brynn and Brayden and another daughter Payton.