In the Spotlight: Nic Rossi
Posted on Sep 18, 2013 0 Comments
Long before he was tabbed as one of the NSCAA’s 30 Under 30 program honorees, Binghamton University assistant coach Nic Rossi was talking about how the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has helped him move up the coaching ranks.
"It started for me in the NSCAA Education courses years ago,” Rossi admitted. “The NSCAA has helped me understand that coaching is about sharing and teaching the game … with each other and with the players we represent. It's about finding moments to educate and help give them all the tools needed to succeed.”
Rossi is presently gathering more tools to succeed. It helps when you spend time climbing the coaching ladder working with premier coaches like NSCAA members Mike Noonan (Clemson head coach), Jon Bluem (Ohio State head coach) and, now, Paul Marco (Binghamton head coach).
“Each and every stop I have made, I feel like I am continuing to develop as a coach,” Rossi said. “Even better, each and every coach seems to be pushing me to the next opportunity … it really is a fantastic network that the NSCAA nurtures.”
Now in his second season at Binghamton, Rossi worked with three highly successful programs the previous five years. From 2010-11, he was an assistant coach for Coach Bluem at Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished the 2010 season No. 17 in the final NSCAA rankings and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his stint in Columbus, Rossi was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Division III Stevens Tech for one year. The Ducks won the Empire Eight Conference in 2009 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Stevens Tech finished the year ranked No. 15 in the NSCAA Division III rankings.
From 2007-09, Rossi was the Director of Soccer Operations for Noonan’s Brown University. In 2007, the Bears won the Ivy League title and were the No. 6 overall seed in that year’s NCAA Tournament.
A 2008 graduate of Rhode Island College, Rossi earned his master’s degree in coaching education from Ohio University in 2011 and, of course, has his NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Rossi admitted that his wife, Amy, who is expecting their first child in January, might even be more deserving than he is of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 recognition.
“She is a great coach,” Rossi said proudly.
Amy, also an NSCAA member, now serves as the assistant to Binghamton’s women’s coach, Sarah McClellan. Previously, she served three seasons as the top assistant at her alma mater, Ohio University (2010-12) and also worked with the College of Charleston and the Red Bull New York program.
“Coaching is in our blood and it’s a constant bond for all of us, including me and my wife,” Rossi said. “Obviously, I am grateful to Coach Marco and Coach McClellan and Binghamton for letting us both coach at this great school.”
Rossi was kind enough to spend some time on Skype breaking down the benefits of the NSCAA’s 30 Under 30 program and what he hopes to accomplish with this unique honor.