Neto Takes Over as Head Men’s Soccer Coach


Paulo Neto was named the new head men’s soccer coach after former head coach Michael Casper announced he was leaving for an assistant position at Notre Dame earlier this year.

“The success Coach Neto has had as a head coach, his commitment to our Franciscan values, and the enthusiasm he displayed made him stand out above the rest,” said SFU Assistant Athletic Director Kevin Cavooris regarding the search process for Casper’s successor.

Neto previously coached at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. While at Shorter, he led the Hawks to a No. 7 national ranking and an appearance in the Division II Final Four.

The Red Flash players are hoping he can lead his new team to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

“His attitude helps people stay relaxed and more confident,” said junior All-American defender Francis de Vries.

A perennial power in the Northeast Conference, Saint Francis has yet to break through and capture its first NEC title and, with it, a berth in the NCAA playoffs.

“My favorite trait of his would be his knowledge of the game,” said de Vries. “I think he’s very smart and conveys his knowledge well.”

Staying positive despite his teams five game goal-less streak to open the season, Neto notched his first two wins with the program last weekend, winning 3-1 against Bucknell and 2-0 over Niagara.