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A winner everywhere he has coached, Ryan Anatol has made a major impact in his first two seasons as the Stony Brook men's soccer head coach, guiding the Seawolves to the 2011 America East Championship title, the program's third NCAA Tournament appearance and back-to-back 10+ win seasons. In 2012, Stony Brook recorded its most wins in seven seasons, reached the America East Championship semifinals for the fourth consecutive season and finished with a program-best NCAA RPI of 55.
Anatol's veteran 2012 squad enjoyed great success throughout the year, winning seven non-conference matches and then finishing in the top three of America East for the fourth consecutive season. Boasting one of the best offenses in the conference, the Seawolves led America East in goals per game, averaging 1.78, and points per game, averaging 5.11.
Individually, Anatol got tremendous performances out of his student-athletes. For the third consecutive season, Leonardo Fernandes was named America East Midfielder of the Year, this time after posting nine goals and seven assists. He then added All-America honors from the NSCAA and College Soccer News, becoming Stony Brook's first-ever All-American in the sport of men's soccer. Four Seawolves were named All-America East second team, including Berian Gobeil Cruz, Raphael Abreu, Kyle Schlesinger and Marius Krathe. The future bodes well for Stony Brook as freshmen Alejandro Fritz and Martin Giordano were both named to the America East All-Rookie team.
Emphasizing discipline and teamwork, Anatol got the most out of his student-athletes in 2011. His team led America East in goals with 31 in 20 games. Three of his players were named first-team All-America East, including Striker of the Year Berian Gobeil Cruz and Midfielder of the Year Leonardo Fernandes, who were also both named NSCAA All-Northeast Region. Senior captain Kyle McTurk anchored a strong defense that produced five shutouts.
Anatol was named Stony Brook's ninth head coach in program history on Feb. 18, 2011. Anatol came to Stony Brook with a polished résumé that includes 10 years of coaching experience at college soccer's highest level, most recently serving as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida.
"Building a nationally recognized soccer program is a high priority at Stony Brook, and the first step in that process was to identify the right person to lead our student-athletes," Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "I chose Ryan to lead our program because I am confident that with his coaching and playing experience, he will have an immediate impact on our student-athletes, alumni, faculty, staff and broader Stony Brook community.
"Coach Anatol is committed to creating an environment where our success on the field will equal the university's extraordinary success off the field, and he has our full support in those efforts. I am thrilled that he has agreed to take on the challenge of building a consistently successful soccer program within the very competitive America East Conference and on the national level."
Anatol was an assistant under head coach George Kiefer at USF for six seasons, helping the Bulls to an impressive 74-33-18 (.664) record, five NCAA Tournament appearances and one BIG EAST championship. In a conference that has sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six seasons, the Bulls compiled a 36-18-10 (.641) mark in BIG EAST games during his tenure. Anatol helped guide the Bulls to the Elite Eight of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the program's best-ever finish.
Anatol also served as USF's recruiting coordinator, helping bring in several top recruiting classes, all six of which were ranked in the top 25 in the nation, according to College Soccer News. Since his arrival at USF, the Bulls have had 23 All-BIG EAST selections, nine All-Region picks and two NSCAA All-Americans (Yohance Marshall and Jeff Attinella). Eight of Anatol's players have gone on to be drafted and/or currently play in Major League Soccer.
Anatol has garnered multiple honors for his efforts. He was named one of College Soccer News' Top Assistant Coaches for 2011, one of just 20 assistant coaches in the country to receive the honor. He also was one of only 12 assistants to receive the honor after the 2008 season. In 2009, he was named the NSCAA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick National Assistant Coach of the Year.
In addition to his work on the field, Anatol has been a mentor to his student-athletes off the field, helping the Bulls earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award for four consecutive years from 2007-10. Two of his student-athletes, Zak Boggs and Francisco Aristeguieta, were named BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Prior to working at USF, Anatol spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Akron, helping lead the Zips to the NCAA Tournament in both seasons, winning the 2004 Mid-American Conference championship and compiling a 28-10-5 record. His efforts helped lay the groundwork for a Zips program that has now won four straight MAC championships and won the NCAA National Championship in 2010.
Anatol played his college soccer at USF from 1997-2000, serving as team co-captain his senior year. He was a member of back-to-back Conference USA championship teams in 1997 and `98, advancing to the Elite Eight of the `98 NCAA Tournament. He graduated from USF with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 2002 and then earned his masters degree in Sports Science/Coaching at Akron in 2010. Anatol also has international experience, playing for his native Trinidad and Tobago's Under 20 National team from 1995-96.
Anatol holds a USSF "A" National Coaching License. He and his wife, Natalie, have a son Anthony, born March 16, 2008, and a daughter, Ava Rose, born Jan. 27, 2011.
What They are Saying About Stony Brook Head Men's Soccer Coach Ryan Anatol:
"Amongst his peers, Ryan has been voted one of the top assistant coaches in the country for the last three years now, and that's an honor he has rightfully deserved. I value everything he's done here at USF, and he was a big part of how we have become a program that consistently reaches the NCAA Tournament. He's going to be a great head coach, and he's going to be a great fit at Stony Brook University."
Success Follows Anatol