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
Interim Head Coach
Nick Bochette enters his fourth year with the UAlbany womens soccer team, being promoted to associate head coach in 2015 after his first two years as an assistant coach under Caitlin Cucchiella.
In 2015, Bochette, in his first year as associate head coach, served as the acting head coach during UAlbanys non-conference season, leading the Great Danes to five victories, tying the most in program history in pre-America East play. The team earned road victories over Atlantic-10 opponents Davidson and Rhode Island during Bochettes term as acting head coach. That season, UAlbany won its first-ever America East Tournament and earned the conferences automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.
Bochette works directly with the UAlbany goalkeepers. Under Bochette, Alana Brennan became the winningest goalie in UAlbany Division I history, the programs all-time leader in saves plus stands wih the best goals against average for all UAlbany keepers that have started at least 25 games.
Former professional player Ashley Grove has joined the UAlbany womens soccer team as an assistant coach starting in the 2016 season.
“I am so excited to join the UAlbany womens soccer family as an assistant this season,” said Grove. “The growth of the program over the past few years has been tremendous, and I hope to be able to add to that.”
“We are looking forward to having a new young coach in Ashley join the staff,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella. “Ashleys playing experience has been extensive, which will provide great mentorship to our players.”
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Teagan Waddingham, a Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL) player and former goalkeeper at the Sage Colleges, has joined the UAlbany womens soccer team as a volunteer assistant for the 2016 season.
“I am very excited to join the UAlbany staff this year,” said Waddingham. “This is an extremely talented group, and I look forward to working with them as well as the rest of the coaching staff and contributing to their growth in any way that I can.”,
“We are very fortunate that we found a young professional who is looking to get into the coaching profession and is willing to do all the small things, not just on but off the field as well,” said UAlbany head coach Caitlin Cucchiella.
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.