Matt Tantalo, a collegiate coach for over two decades, was named head men’s soccer coach at Nazareth in February of 2016. He returns for his fourth season with the Golden Flyers in 2019.
In 2017, Tantalo helped lead the Golden Flyers to a second place finish and semifinal appearance in the Empire 8, finishing with a 10-6-1 overall record. The team received several honors from the Empire 8 Conference including four all-conference honorees, conference rookie of the year, and Tantalo was recognized as E8 Coach of the Year. In addition, the United Soccer Coaches (USC) honored the team with its Team Academic Award of Excellence.
A native of Rochester, Tantalo played soccer scholastically at Gates Chili High School and then at RIT for legendary coach Doug May, whom he later assisted at Nazareth.
Most recently, Tantalo served as head coach for 11 seasons at Keuka College, where he produced a record of 104-62-16 (.615) with an NCAA Tournament berth in 2007, the college’s first ever NCAA bid for a men’s sport. His team’s were also honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award on a yearly basis.
Highlights of Tantalo’s tenure at Keuka also featured 60 players being named to the all-conference team, including 21 first-teamers and two players of the year. He also had five players named to the Mid-Atlantic Region all-star team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and the NCAA statistical scoring champion in 2014.
Tantalo spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach at Division I Syracuse University and served as head coach at Elmira College for three seasons which included an Empire 8 Conference Tournament appearance in 2002. His overall career head coaching record is 148-113-23.
Tantalo’s coaching career began as an assistant to May at Nazareth in 1998. He spent three seasons at Nazareth and helped the 1999 and 2000 teams reach the ECAC Upstate Tournament.
Tantalo also excelled as a player for May at RIT, where he earned a degree in Business Administration and Management. On the soccer field, he started every game of his four-year career (64 overall) and helped the Tigers to a record of 39-19-7. He was a regional All-American in 1995 and served as team captain in 1997.
Other playing highlights included an NCAA “Elite 8” Tournament appearance in 1994, an ECAC Upstate championship in 1995 and a bronze medal in the Empire State Games in 1997. Tantalo also played professional soccer for two seasons – for the Albany Alleycats of the USL Pro League in 1998 and for the New York Capital District Shockers of the USL Premier Development League in 1999.
He played scholastically at Gates Chili and helped the Spartans to Section Five titles and national rankings in 1992 and 1993.
Tantalo is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and holder of an NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National “B” License, and a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.
Along with collegiate coaching Tantalo has coached at the premier club level, Olympic Development Program, and and has extensive experience working and running camps/clinics throughout the northeast.
In addition, Tantalo has spent the past three years coaching in the semi-pro National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). In 2016 he led the first year Rochester River Dogz (now Lancers) of the NPSL as head coach. In 2017 and 2018 he led Syracuse FC NPSL, serving as head coach and general manager.
At Nazareth, Tantalo is the fourth men’s soccer coach in the program’s history.
Tantalo resides in Rochester with his wife, Lauren.
A familiar face in the Nazareth soccer landscape, John Berardicurti is back with the Golden Flyers as a part-time assistant coach. He brings more than three decades of soccer coaching experience. He previously worked for six seasons as an assistant coach for former Nazareth coach Doug May.
He helped guide the Golden Flyers to a 12-win season in 2002 and an 8-5-3 record and the co-championship of the Empire 8 in Mays final season of 2003.
Since his departure, Berardicurti has stayed active in the local soccer circles with assistant coaching stints at Roberts Wesleyan and Monroe Community College. He also has worked with the Rochester Lancers, Rochester Rhinos and Rochester River DogZ. Hes also had coaching stints at the University of Rochester and Genesee Community College.
After a strong four-year playing career with the Golden Flyers, Brendan Miles is back as an assistant coach in 2016.
Miles graduated in May with degrees in Marketing and Business Administration.
A native of Victor, Miles appeared in 58 games during his soccer career at Nazareth and contributed two goals and three assists. He started all 16 of the teams games in 2015 and was recognized as an honorable mention Empire 8 Conference all-star. He also was a three-time representative as Nazareths E8 Sportsman of the Year.
Marcelo Moreira, former pro soccer player from Brazil and a former goalkeeper for the Rochester Lancers indoor team, has joined the Nazareth soccer staff as an assistant coach.
In addition to the Lancers, Moreira has played for the Silver Knights and the St. Louis Ambush in the Major Arena Soccer League. He has extensive experience as a goalkeeper coach. Along with individual training, he serves as goalkeeper coach for the Western New York Flash, the Rochester River Dogz FC and the Rochester Futbol Club.
Moreira enjoyed a decorated playing career in Brazil as he competed for teams such as S.E. Palmeiras, Londrina E.C, C.A. Juventus and A.D. Sao Caetano. He also played in the 2013 Jewish Olympic Games for the Jewish-Brazilian National Team.