Head coach Charlie Curto enters his 24th season at the helm of the Siena men's soccer program. Curto began his reign in August 1984 when former athletic director Bill Kirsch announced his appointment to the position after serving four seasons as the head women's soccer coach. Curto, who was put in charge of a program during its transition to Division I status, is the winningest coach in Siena soccer history.
In 1979, just months after his graduation, Curto was given the task of spearheading the new Siena women's soccer program. During the first three years, the squad posted marks of 6-6, 5-7 and 5-9-1.
Curto was asked to take over the men's program in 1984, after the team struggled to a 3-13-2 finish the previous season. Since taking over, he has guided Siena to success within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and significant regional recognitions.
In 1998, the Saints enjoyed their most success since becoming a varsity program in 1974. The 1998 squad posted an 11-6-1 overall record marking the most wins in program history. The 1997 Siena men's soccer team owned a 6-3 league record, which proved to be the most MAAC victories since the Saints joined the conference in 1989, propelling the squad to the conference tournament.
In 2002, Curto led Siena to its second-straight MAAC Tournament appearance, posting a respectable 5-2-2 conference record that included a double-overtime tie with Loyola, the two-time defending MAAC champion. During the 2001 campaign, he coached the Saints to another Tournament berth with a third-place finish in conference play.
While consistently building on the success of the program in terms of wins and losses, Curto's non-conference schedule has included some of the top programs in the East, including Boston University, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Hofstra and Boston College.
Curto earned a bachelor of science in finance while playing forward for two seasons as an undergraduate at Siena. Following graduation, Curto played professionally for one season with the New York Eagles of the American Soccer League. In addition, he spent five years with Sneaky Pete's, one of the Albany area's top indoor semi-pro teams. The league was comprised of players from the now defunct North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League.
During his time at Siena, Curto has also been active as a coach in the professional ranks. He served as the technical advisor to the Albany Capitals of the American Soccer League for three years, and in 1990, he served as the head coach of the New York Kick of the National Professional Soccer League.
Curto coached the Adirondack Region Open Team to a gold and silver medal during the 1997 and 1998 Empire State Games. In addition, Curto harbors seven years of coaching experience with the Empire State Alleycats Premier Youth Program.
Curto has been a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1985.
A native of Colonie, N.Y., Curto was born on April 26, 1956 and graduated from the Vincentian Institute, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.
Curto and his wife, Martha, have three sons, Paolino, twins, Marco and Matteo, and a daughter, Sofia.