Soccer Names Mike Calise New Assistant Coach

April 4, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Princeton University women's soccer assistant coach Mike Calise has been named in that same capacity at Arizona State University.

Calise takes over for former assistant coach Franco Bari, who recently was named Head Women's Soccer Coach at Elmira College in New York.

'I am very happy for Franco that he can further his coaching career by becoming a head coach,' said Arizona State Head Coach Ray Leone. 'His assistance to the Sun Devils has been nothing but positive throughout his tenure at ASU and we wish him great success in the future.'

Calise comes to Tempe from Princeton where he helped to lead the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1983, and their first Ivy League crown since 1982. Instrumental in the team's success, Calise helped to lead Princeton to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000, as well as to help the Tigers set a school record with their Ivy League title and a 13-5-1 finish.

'We are very fortunate to have Mike join our staff at Arizona State,' said Leone. 'While Mike was at Princeton, they have won an Ivy League title, made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have recruited some of the best student-athletes in the country. He brings a wealth of experience to the Sun Devils and we look forward to working together.'

Calise was also a main reason that Princeton had one of the nation's top-25 recruiting classes in the country in 1999 and 2000.

For the spring season, Calise has been the interim head coach of the Tigers, while head coach Julie Shackford was on maternity leave.

Calise earned his degree from Boston College, where he played soccer for four years before graduating in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was a member of the Eagles'1995 Big East championship team.

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