Trevor Gorman enters his ninth season as head men's soccer coach for the University at Albany Great Danes for the 2019 season. Through eight seasons, Gorman has seen a steady improvement since taking over as head coach. The Great Dane head coach is 67-70-19 overall and 25-24-7 in conference play.
In 2018, the Great Danes won their first season opener since the 2010 season, defeating Marist 4-3. Three of UAlbany’s first four games were played at home, before seven of the next eight were played on the road. Danny Vitiello earned his 26th career victory on September 9 at Brown, taking over the all-time career mark for goalkeepers. Mid-way through the season, on the road at American University, the Great Danes scored six goals, the highest in a single-game during the Gorman era. Nico Solabarrieta, playing only in the second half, set single-game program records with four goals and eight points, while Daniel Krutzen set a single-game program record with four assists. Solabarrieta and Krutzen alternated holding the career program lead, with Solabarrieta eventually claiming the top spot with 20, while Krutzen finished with 19. The Great Danes ended the regular season with a three-game winning streak, starting with a road victory at #22 Cornell. UAlbany shut out each of its final three opponents before meeting four-seed UMass Lowell in the America East quarterfinals, a rematch of the 2018 America East title game. UAlbany fell to the Riverhawks 1-0 to end the season. Solabarrieta was named America East First Team, while Carlos Clark was named to the Second Team. Sam Philip and Hafliði Sigurðarson were named All-Rookie, and Daniel Krutzen was named All-Academic with Clark and Solabarrieta. Krutzen further was named America East Fall Scholar-Athlete for men’s soccer, and was named Senior CLASS Second Team. Krutzen and Solabarrieta each were named USC Scholar All-America Second Team, USC All-Northeast Second Team, and USC Scholar All-East First Team, while Clark was named Scholar All-East Second Team.
The 2017 Great Danes continued the success of the 2016 campaign, improving their win total to 14, setting a Division I era program record. The team won its second consecutive America East title, defeating UMass Lowell in overtime, and won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, defeating Maryland in penalty kicks. Junior midfielder Daniel Krutzen headlined the Great Dane players, bringing home Third Team All-America honors following the season. Additionally, Krutzen and senior forward Afonso Pinheiro earned Scholar All-America honors. Four players, Krutzen, Pinheiro, Carlos Clark, and Nico Solabarrieta, earned Scholar All-Region awards, and Krutzen, Pinheiro, and Clark each earned All-Region accolades. Following the season, Pinheiro, who graduated as UAlbany’s all-time leading points scorer, was invited to participate in the MLS Player Combine, and was later selected 71st overall by D.C. United in the 2018 MLS Superdraft.
Overall, the 2017 team ranks third in program history in offensive output. The team scored 97 total points, including 33 goals and 31 assists. They averaged 4.41 points in 22 games played, all marks that rank third in program history behind the 2008 and 2016 teams.
The 2016 Great Danes put forth their most successful season in Division I era history to date. One year removed from winning the America East regular season title UAlbany took the next step by winning the program’s first-ever America East championship, defeating Hartford 1-0 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium. Afterwards, the Danes drew the #14 seed in their first-ever NCAA Tournamnet, and hosted Boston College in the second round after a first round by. UAlbany dispatched the Eagles 3-0, marking the third consecutive postseason game in which the team did not allow a goal. The season ended in the Sweet 16 at tournament #3 Clemson.
The highlight of the regular season was a 2-1 home upset over then #3 Syracuse, who was the highest ranked opponent any Great Dane team had defeated at home. The tight 1-1 tie was broken in the second half by senior forward Jonathan Interiano, who scored his first goal in more than a year. Furthermore, over the team’s final 14 games, the Danes outscored their opponents 30-10.
The team’s 13 wins in 2016 were a Division I program best. The team matched the program record of 39 goals, and scored 119 points for second-most in program history for a single season. Additionally, the team earned program highs in RPI (12), strength of schedule (5), and program best places in all three major national year-end polls (NSCAA: 17, CSN: 18, TDS, 12).
Afonso Pinheiro became the all-time program leader in career points with 73, and the all-time Division I program leader in goals scored, with 31. Keith Traut, Bernardo Mattos, and Luke Palmateer each graduated holding top-10 program rankings in games played, games started, and minutes played. Traut was named to the NSCAA All-East First team, and Pinheiro and Mattos were named to the NSCAA All-East Second Team. Five Great Danes earned All-Conference honors. Traut took home First Team recognition, Mattos, Pinheiro, and Carlos Clark were named to the Second Team, and freshman Brynjar Steinþórsson was named to the All-Rookie team. After the conference tournmanet, Mattos was named Most Outsanding Player, and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Pinheiro, Clark, and Steinþórsson.
The 2015 Purple & Gold squad earned the program's first America East regular season crown after going 5-2 in league play. The Purple & Gold posted a high-powered offense behind Afonso Pinheiro and Leo Melgar up front, averaging 5.43 points per game against conference opponents to lead the America East. Defensively, UAlbany allowed just six goals in league play (0.81 GAA) to post the top defensive effort as well. Gorman guided the Danes to a 10-win season for the first time since 2008 with a record of 10-8-1, six more wins than the previous season. He anchored a coaching staff that was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.
Afonso Pinheiro garnered America East Striker of the Year honors, becoming the first back-to-back UAlbany honoree of a major league award. The sophomore was also selected to the NSCAA All-East Region First Team after posting a league-leading 26 points and 11 goals. He became the UAlbany Division I record holder in single season goals, career goals and career points. Pinheiro racked up America East All-Conference First Team honors, and was joined by captains Philip Persson and Keith Traut. The three members of the All-Conference First Team was the most for the Great Danes in program history.
With an exciting recruiting class for the 2014 season, the Purple & Gold saw one of its top offensive outputs. Led by America East Co-Rookie of the Year Afonso Pinheiro, the Danes totaled 59 points for the second-highest scoring offense under Gorman. The 2014 squad also led the nation mid-way through the season in overtime and double overtime contests, entering extra time on nine occasions. Earning hosting rights for the America East Quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed, UAlbany fell to Vermont 2-1 on Nov. 8 at Bob Ford Field.
Individually, Pinheiro became the first league Rookie of the Year all-time for the program. He was the first UAlbany player to earn a major conference award since 2008 with seven goals and two assists, including two game-winners. Pinheiro was a unanimous selection to the America East All-Rookie Team, and was placed on the Second Team by the league's coaches. Senior defender Dominic McGarr was also selected to the Second Team, as well as the America East All-Academic squad.
The Great Danes totaled 10 points in America East play with a 3-3-1 record to be named the No. 5 seed in the America East Tournament in 2013. It was their best record in America East play since joining the league. UAlbany nearly upset nationally ranked No. 6 UMBC in the league semifinals, but fell 2-1 in Baltimore. The Great Danes beat Vermont 5-1 in the quarterfinals for the team's highest offensive output in five years.
Gorman also led UAlbany to its first program victory over a nationally-ranked opponent, a 2-1 against No. 22 Fairleigh Dickinson at home. The win was the first for the Purple & Gold in a new home, Bob Ford Field.
In 2012, the Great Danes appeared in the America East Conference Tournament for consecutive seasons since 2005-2006. UAlbany hosted a home postseason conference game for the first time since 2008. Gorman's squad saw an improvement in conference play, going 3-4-0 and finishing fifth (finished 6th and tallied a 1-3-3 record in 2011). Freshmen Anthony Rozzano, Philip Persson and Tim Allen were named to the America East All-Rookie Team.
In his first season at the helm in 2011, Gorman brought the Great Danes to the postseason for the first time since 2008. UAlbany went into the America East Conference postseason as the six seed. The Great Danes saw their goal production almost double in 2011, scoring 22 goals (13 in 2010). UAlbany finished the season 6-10-3 and 1-3-3 in league play.
Gorman was an assistant at Wright State for one season prior to being hired at UAlbany on Feb. 16, 2011. At Wright State, Gorman assisted in all aspects of the Horizon League program. He planned training sessions, prepared scouting reports, handled video analysis, and coordinated recruiting, with emphasis in the area of international student-athletes. He also coached at the club level with the Ohio Galaxies and the Upper Valley Lightning in Hanover, N.H.
From 2007-09, Gorman was an assistant at Dartmouth College, where the Big Green appeared in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and won an Ivy League championship. In Gorman's three seasons, Dartmouth had a combined 32-17-4 record and eleven players earned All-Ivy recognition.
A native of State College, Pa., Gorman played for his father at Penn State University where he was a midfielder on the 2002 Big Ten Conference championship squad and a pair of NCAA teams. His father, Barry, is the all-time winningest coach in Penn State history with 266 career victories and 13 NCAA appearances.
After earning All-Academic Big Ten honors his senior season, Gorman enrolled in graduate school at the University of North Carolina. During that period, he worked for UNC's sports marketing division. His responsibilities included contract fulfillment for clients, promotions and the Tar Heel Sports Network. He also coached with the Sanford Area Soccer League and the Triangle United Soccer Club.
Gorman, who has a B.A. in business management, has a sports publicity background, having worked in Penn State's sports information office. He assisted at the NCAA Men's and Women's College Cups and the Atlantic Coast Conference men's and women's soccer tournaments. In addition, Gorman was a sideline reporter for Fox Soccer Channel's college broadcasts.
Gorman, who holds a NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma, earned a master's degree in exercise and sport science with an emphasis in sport administration from North Carolina.