Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club is excited to announce two new members to the Club! Program Director, Matt Pecheone and Director of Coaching Joe Finocchiaro!
Joe Finocchiaro - Director of Coaching
Coach Finocchiaro has a United Soccer Federation "A" coaching license. He played Division I soccer for University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After college, Joe played professionally in the United Soccer League for the North Carolina, Wilmington Hammerheads.
Coach Finocchiaro is now the Head coach for the girls Varsity team at Glastonbury high school. Under his leadership his teams have had 55 CCC all-conference players named, 11 all New England players, 4 all Americas, 3 Connecticut writers female athlete of the year, 4 Hartford Courant players of the year, and 2 Hartford Courant female athlete of the year. Max/Preps and the National Guard has recognized GHS for having one of the top ten girls' soccer program in the country. Joe was named NSCAA ALL-Region Coach of the Year, USA Today National Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the National High School Coaches Hall of fame. Recently the Glastonbury Varsity team broke the Connecticut State girls' soccer unbeaten record of 49 and set a new Connecticut state record of 63 straight wins and set the unbeaten record of 69 games. Glastonbury has captured nine straight CCC titles while only losing one game in regular season play. Since the inception of the CCC tournament in 2013-2015. The team has won two conference championships and five Class LL state titles since 2011 and the first in the program's history, which also includes three straight. In the CIAC class LL rankings Glastonbury has been ranked number one going into the tournament 8 out of the last 9 years. Glastonbury has reached the semifinals of the CIAC tournament 7 times in a row. His team was also ranked #1 in the country by the USA Today 2017 poll. GHS has finished twice in the top 10 of the NSCCAA final rankings including number 5 and 7. As of August 2019, his record at GHS is 193 wins 9 ties and 10 losses. Coach Finocchiaro looks forward to bringing his experiencing in developing players to Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club along with helping to educate the trainers and volunteer coaches in the program. Joe will assist in the growth and advancement of our soccer program. Coach Finocchiaro is a great teacher of the game we are all very excited to have Joe on board.
Matt Pecheone - Program Director
Coach Pecheone has a United Soccer Federation "D" coaching license. Matt played Division II soccer for Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. After college, Matt played semi-professional soccer in both the Premier Arena Soccer League for CNY United as well as the USL player Development League for both the Ottawa Fury and the Albany Admirals.
Coach Pecheone was the Associate Head coach for the Men's teams at both Emmanuel College and Assumption College in Massachusetts. He was also the Assistant Coach for the State University of New York, College of Technology Men's Team. Coach Pecheone then became an Academy Senior Staff Member for the New England Revolution professional soccer club in the MLS. Matt assisted with the operation and training of a number of town clubs in the Greater Boston area, similar to the Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club. Matt lead training sessions within the Revolution's Regional Development School (RDS) program with the goal of training and scouting players for the professional youth teams. Matt was also the Assistant Director of the Revolution's commercial partner, Hopkinton Youth Soccer. In Hopkinton, Matt was responsible for coaching multiple teams and various training sessions of all age groups while helping to manage the development and growth of the players and the program as a whole. Coach Pecheone is very excited to be a part of developing players and helping to build our program to be the leader in town youth soccer in Connecticut. Matt comes to Glastonbury with a wealth of knowledge about the player pathway and how to strengthen a program for both the Recreation level and the Travel level. Matt's passion for soccer will create excitement for the entire Glastonbury Hartwell community. We are thrilled to have Coach Pecheone join Hartwell and the Glastonbury community.
We look forward to having Matt and Joe supporting our program and helping to make GHSC great for all players in Glastonbury, Pre-K through High School.