Former Monsignor McClancy boys’ soccer head coach Adam Brunengo has been tapped to lead the Division-III St. Joseph’s Bears. Brunengo, a native of Forest Hills, will be the third head coach in program history.
“I’m very excited to join the St. Joseph’s College family,” Brunengo said. “I would like to thank (director of Athletics and Reaction) James Lally and all of the staff for the opportunity to help build this program and become a contender in the Skyline Conference.”
Brunengo leaves McClancy after nine seasons, where he led the Crusaders to five CHSAA “A” Division city titles over a six-year span from 2009 to 2014. The latter four came successively.
Brunengo is a former player at McClancy who left as the program’s career assist leader and also led the Crusaders to the CHSAA title in 2000. He began his Division II collegiate career at St. Thomas Aquinas, where he led the team in goals and points as a freshman while earning East Coast Conference All-Rookie Team honors.
Following a transfer to C.W. Post after two seasons with the Spartans, Brunengo became part of a 13th-ranked NCAA Tournament-bound team in 2006 while a senior captain.
The St. Joseph’s head coach had also been a volunteer assistant coach at LIU Post in 2008. “Coach Brunengo brings with him an extensive coaching resume at the collegiate, club, and high school levels and a great pulse for local soccer,” said Lally. “We are fully confident he will continue to build on the foundation that has been set for Bears soccer.”
The Bears will begin play on September 1 against Hunter College.