|Position:||Director of Operations|
Mark Van Leuven joined the women's soccer coaching staff in August of 2013. He begins his fourth season as an assistant under head coach Caitlin Cucchiella after helping the Great Danes win the program's first-ever America East Tournament title in 2015.
Van Leuven helped UAlbany's offense improve dramatically from 2013 to 2014, assisting a team that improved its goal total from 14 to 35, the new single season UAlbany record. The improvement helped UAlbany win or draw 12 games in 2014, up from three in 2013.
Van Leuven spent the previous ten years as an assistant coach at the College of Saint Rose. The Golden Knights made an appearances in the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and won the national championship in 2011. At Saint Rose Van Leuven contributed to all aspects of conditioning, training, recruiting and scouting. He was an NSCAA Assistant Coach of the Year nominee in 2007.
In his time with the Golden Knights, Van Leuven helped coach and recruit 10 NSCAA first team, seven NSCAA third team, and nine NSCAA Academic All-America selections. His 2004-2012 squads amassed 173 wins and just 22 losses.
In addition to his work at Saint Rose, Van Leuven also coached with the Adirondack Lynx U-18 girls soccer club and the Adirondack Lynx of the Women's Professional Soccer League. Prior to his appointment with the Golden Knights he was the head coach at Russell Sage College from 1999-2001. He gave the Gators their first winning season in seven years in 2000, posting a record of 11-5-1.
Van Leuven was an All-SUNY conference soccer player in 1992 at SUNY Potsdam, as well as a varsity basketball player. He transferred in 1993 and earned his degree in physical therapy from Syracuse in 1995.