Bob Ford Field
The new Bob Ford Field is the on-campus home for men's and women's soccer in the fall. The state-of-the-art 8,500-seat facility includes a distinct press level with four luxury suites, print media area, and booths for radio, television, coaches, and replay, as well as 20 high-definition televisions distributed throughout the level.read more
Nick Bochette is in his second year as head coach after being promoted from associate head coach in March 2017.
In his first year as the head coach, Bochette’s Great Danes won their final three games in the conference regular season to earn the 3-seed in the America East Tournament at 4-3-1 and 6-11-1 overall, including victories over Siena and Iona. Caroline Kopp was the first-ever UAlbany player to be named America East Defender of the Year, being joined by Gina Bracamonte on the America East All-Conference First Team, with Mariah Williams on the Second Team. In addition, Vivian Vega tied the all-time program record with 23 career goals.
Bochette has been with the program the last five years, including two as the associate head coach and the previous two as the first assistant coach under Caitlin Cucchiella. Together, they led UAlbany women’s soccer to its first two America East Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Assistant coach Claire Scanlan enters her second season with UAlbany, bringing a wealth of experience having played and coached professionally throughout the world, including in the United States, England, Ireland and Japan.
Having previously served as an assistant coach at Oakland University (MI) from 2014-2017, Scanlan helped the Golden Grizzlies win the Horizon League in 2015 with a team & athletic department high 3.59 GPA.
Prior to Oakland, Scanlan was the associate head coach at Troy University (AL) from 2008-14 where she helped build the team into a Sun Belt Conference contender. Scanlan had previously been a graduate assistant and completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Troy in 2001.
Brian Gordon is in his second season with the UAlbany women’s soccer coaching staff.
Gordon spent the previous three seasons as the head coach of the Hartwick women’s soccer program, combining to go 27-19-6 with the Hawks. He led the team to double digit wins his final two years, the first time in program history since the 1991 and 1992 seasons. In 2016, Hartwick had a 10-5-3 record, the best conference season in program history at 4-2-2 and the team’s first appearance in the Empire 8 Tournament since 2002.
“Brian is someone I’ve known and respected for several years now,” said UAlbany head coach Nick Bochette. “Our goal as a staff is to provide the most comprehensive and in-depth support to our student-athletes, and Brian adds another experienced and knowledgeable perspective from which we will all benefit.” He previously was an assistant at Hartwick from 2012-13.
Mark Van Leuven
Director of Operations
Mark Van Leuven joined the womens soccer coaching staff in August of 2013. He begins his fourth season as an assistant under head coach Caitlin Cucchiella after helping the Great Danes win the programs first-ever America East Tournament title in 2015.
Van Leuven helped UAlbanys offense improve dramatically from 2013 to 2014, assisting a team that improved its goal total from 14 to 35, the new single season UAlbany record. The improvement helped UAlbany win or draw 12 games in 2014, up from three in 2013.
Van Leuven spent the previous ten years as an assistant coach at the College of Saint Rose. The Golden Knights made an appearances in the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and won the national championship in 2011. At Saint Rose Van Leuven contributed to all aspects of conditioning, training, recruiting and scouting. He was an NSCAA Assistant Coach of the Year nominee in 2007.