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Perry Nizzi, HEAD COACH

Perry Nizzi is in his 17th year as head men's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Nizzi's teams have reached double figures in wins seven times and his overall record at Hamilton stands at 138-78-26 (.624 win pct.). The Continentals have advanced to the postseason 10 times, including four trips to the NCAA Division III championship and the 2013 NESCAC championship quarterfinals, under Nizzi.

Nizzi led the team to the semifinals of the 2010 Liberty League Championship after the team finished fourth in the league's regular season standings. He guided Hamilton to six straight wins from late September to late October, a 4-1-1 record on the road and a 9-3-3 overall mark.

The Continentals won their second league tournament title, advanced to the NCAA championship and finished with a record of 10-5-3 under Nizzi in 2007. The 2006 squad won the league's regular season title, played in the NCAA championship and finished with 11 victories. In 2004 Hamilton won its first league tournament crown, made an NCAA appearance and ended the season ranked 23rd in Division III. Nizzi guided the Continentals to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2000 after Hamilton won the league's regular season title earlier that year. Nizzi's 2001 team finished 12-2 and tied the program record for most wins in a season.

Nizzi mentored Greg Rogan '07, who became the third All-American in program history in 2006 when he was voted to the third team by Division III coaches. Jesse Arroyave '11 and Frank Campagnano '12 made the 2010 Northeast Region All-Region team, which brings the number of all-region selections under Nizzi to 15. Buck Reynolds '15 was a 2013 NESCAC all-conference selection, and Leo Nizzi '14 was chosen the 2010 Liberty League Rookie of the Year. Three men's soccer student-athletes made the 2013 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.

Nizzi also achieved a great deal of success at Herkimer County Community College where his record was 291-56-11. He guided the Generals to three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III championships from 1994 to 1996. HCCC established a national collegiate record for the longest winning streak in any sport with 97 consecutive victories. As a result of those amazing accomplishments, Nizzi was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.

Nizzi received the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association's award for outstanding contributions in the field of intercollegiate soccer in 1999. He was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Rome, Nizzi graduated from Rome Free Academy where he earned high school All-America honors. Nizzi enjoyed an All-America playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College and continued his education at SUNY Cortland. He was an all-state soccer player for the Red Dragons before he received his degree in 1977 and went on to earn a master's degree in 1980. He was one of eight inducted into Cortland's C-Club Hall of Fame in 2009.

Michele Fornino, ASSISTANT COACH

Mike Fornino is in his 16th year as an assistant men's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Fornino earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America honors at Herkimer County Community College where he played on the school's first national championship team.

Fornino continued his playing career at the University of Tampa -- an NCAA Division II program.

Nathan Rauscher, ASSISTANT COACH

Nathan Rauscher is in his first season with the Hamilton College men's soccer coaching staff. A 2003 graduate of Hamilton, he holds his advanced national and goalkeeping level II diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Rauscher returned to his alma mater after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant women's soccer coach at Goucher College. During his two seasons working with the team's defense and goalkeepers, the Gophers went 19-13-4 and set single-season records for consecutive wins, goals against average, shutouts, scoreless streak and save percentage. Two Goucher goalkeepers earned Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week awards.

Rauscher coached high school and club soccer in the Baltimore area for the past nine years, including the Maryland State Olympic Development Program and as head coach for the U17/18 Baltimore Bays Chelsea girls' and Bays United boys' teams. Rauscher also served as the Maryland Rush Director of Coaching for the boys, having previously worked with the club as a Super Y League coach for the U13 and U20 women's teams.

In addition to his club soccer experiences, Rauscher led the Hammond High School girls' program from 2009 through 2011. He helped the team earn an NSCAA High School Team Academic Award and, in his final season, reach the regional semifinals. He previously assisted the boys' program at North Carroll High School.

Rauscher played one season at Hamilton before he was sidelined by injury. His playing experience also includes competing with the United Soccer Academy in Sweden and Denmark. Rauscher is scheduled to complete his master's degree in athletic program leadership and administration at Goucher in 2014.