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Crusaders Announce Head Coach Matthew Guinto

Hannah Esslie

Jan 19, 2022

Hudson Valley Crusaders welcome Vassar's Associate Head Coach Matthew Guinto

Matt Guinto comes to the Crusaders organization as the current Associate Head Coach for the Vassar men's soccer team. He joined the Brewers as an assistant in 2019, but was quickly promoted to Associate Head Coach for his work within the program and department. A Syracuse, NY-native, Guinto came to Vassar having spent two seasons as the assistant coach at Utica College, where he also earned his MBA.

Guinto has helped lead the Brewers to a record of 20-11-4 over his two seasons, including one of the program's best seasons in 2021 with an improved record of 11-4-2 with 9 clean sheets. The squad's season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Fall 2020.

In that 2019 season, the Brewers posted impressive Liberty League victories over Bard, Union, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, RIT and then 22nd-ranked Ithaca at home in late October. Vassar advanced to the Liberty League Tournament, shouldering a tough 1-1 draw to RIT that saw the Tigers advance on penalty kicks. Guinto has helped mentor a number of outstanding players during his three-year tenure, including six players earning All-Liberty League recognition, including two to the All-League 1st team and two others to All-Region. They also lead the league in team GPA.

In his first season at Utica, Guinto helped the program recover from a 2-13-1 campaign in 2016 to an 8-9-2 record in the 2017 season. He leaves Utica after two seasons as the assistant, helping the program to 13 combined wins and recording the program’s first-ever victories over Stevens Technology and Hobart College.

Guinto’s first experiences with coaching came at the club level with Greater Binghamton Football Club (Binghamton, NY) and with New York State West Olympic Development Program (ODP). He coached the ’02 Select Boys side to three consecutive finals in 2016, as well as a semi-final penalty shootout loss at the 2017 Disney Wide World of Sports President’s Day Cup, and a championship at the 2017 FC Delco Championships. Guinto also played three seasons for the club’s NPSL team and led the team in minutes played in his debut season. He helped his side record wins over DC United and New York Red Bulls, and has made 3 appearances in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

Guinto is a 2011 graduate of St. John Fisher College, where he played all four years and in 66 matches. He helped lead the Cardinals to the Empire 8 Conference Tournament three times, including an E8 Championship game appearance as a freshman in 2007. In his junior season he helped pace the Cardinals to an ECAC Upstate Championship crown. As a senior, he was named a captain.

Guinto is a USSF National D-Licensed and has recently earned his United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. He also holds a Level 1 Goalkeeper License through the NSCAA. He currently resides in Poughkeepsie, NY, and coaches the 07 NY East ODP boys group.

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