OSU Hires Former Harvard Assistant Anthony Latronica
May 29, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Anthony Latronica has been hired as an assistant coach for the Oregon State University men's soccer program, fifth-year OSU head coach Dana Taylor announced Thursday.
Latronica, who spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Harvard, fills the position vacated by Steve Simmons when he took the head coaching job at Northern Illinois in April.
Latronica joins third-year associate coach Jesse Cormier on the OSU staff that guided the Beavers to a school-record 13 wins and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002.Latronica will work with the goalkeepers, which includes OSU career saves leader Peter Billmeyer.
'Having gone through the job search, Anthony is what I consider the best goalkeeper coach in the country,' Taylor said. 'He brings a level of excitement to the program with his expertise, as well as his personality. With Anthony working with the goalkeepers, he will help take Oregon State to the next level.
'He has the ability to recruit, which is our bloodline; he's been doing that at Harvard for four years now. He understands what we're looking for in a Division I player, and he has ties all across the country.'
Latronica, 28, helped the Crimson to a 9-6-1 record in 2002.
The Littleton, Colo., native spent four years competing on the United States Full National Team, playing on the U-20, U-21, and U-23 squads from 1993-95, and 1997. During that time, he played for renowned coaches John Kowalski, Jay Hoffman, Steve Sampson, Bruce Arena, and John Ellinger.
Latronica brings international competitive experience to the Beavers, having played for the English First Division Millwall FC in 1998 and 2000, in addition to starting for Monselice Calcio of the Italian Fifth Division in 2001.
Latronica has had stints with five Major League Soccer teams from 1998-2000, including Kansas City, New York/New Jersey, San Jose, New England and Colorado. He also saw extensive action with the A-League's Boston Bulldogs, where he was voted the team's Most Valuable Player as a rookie in 1998.
Latronica and Taylor have ties dating back several years, when Taylor coached Latronica as a teenager for six years at the Columbine Soccer Club, which is now known as the Nike Rush Club.
'The biggest reason I accepted this position is that I've known Dana since I was 14 years old, when he coached me in Colorado,' Latronica said. 'Obviously, the team and the conference speak for themselves.
'My specialty is goalkeeping, and having played on the state, national, and international levels, the wealth of knowledge I have in that area is my biggest attribute. I'm very excited for the change of direction in my life. It's a big move from Boston to Corvallis, but I'm delighted.'
Added Taylor: 'Anthony will be a great role model not only for our goalkeepers, but our entire squad. He has tremendous experience as a player, and, in addition, he has the unique ability to communicate his expertise and knowledge.'
As a four-year team captain at the Unversity of Rhode Island, Latronica was a two-time All-American in 1995 and 1996, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 19 wins in 1995.
Latronica was a 1992 Parade All-American at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. In 1997, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rhode Island.
Latronica has a USSF 'Pro B' License, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy.
Latronica officially begins at OSU June 1.