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Joe Manso

USSF License


I am a dynamic, disciplined and motivational leader of successful teams regardless of the age group.  My skills and knowledge facilitate the creation, development and growth of a high level of quality and success on the field.  I bring direct management, engagement, sizable contribution, and expertise to create a powerful, rewarding and self-perpetuating winning program. 


Coaching Recognition Personal Awards

  • Inducted into the NJSA Hall of Fame Coaches Category, ‘11

  • Coach of the Year, Region 1 Champions League ‘06/07&’07/08

  • Sports Figure of the Year, Portugal Day, ‘01

  • Nominated for National Coach of the Year, ‘00 & ‘06

  • Coach of the Year, Region 1, ‘00 & ‘06

  • Coach of the Year, NJ Soccer Association, ‘00

  • National Geographic Magazine Latin Edition Interview ‘11

  • 50 Foote Soccer French Magazine Interview ‘09

  • New York Times Newspaper Interview ‘08


College Coaching Experience & License

  • Assistant Coach, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1991-1994

  • Assistant Coach, Essex County College, 1989-1991

  • United States Soccer Federation, “C” License, September 1991, Active since 1972.


Amateur Experience, Achievements & Results


  • F.C. Porto, Superdivision

    • Led team to 4 L.I.S.A. titles, ‘89/’90, ‘90/’91 (undefeated), ‘91/’92, and ‘96/’97 and 3 LISA Cups ‘91/’92 and’93

    • Two –time winner of NJ Champions of Champions Cup, 6/92 ans 6/93

    • Three-time, Finalist, NJ National Open Cup,

    • Three-time finalist NJ National Amateur Cup

    • Champion, State Super Cup, ‘90/’91 season


  • Sport Clube Portuguese

    In the last four years, four former Sport Club players are playing pro overseas. Countries include Poland (players name D. Nascimento), Malta (players name J. Bilbao), Costa Rica (players name E. Bilbao), and Portugal (players name R. Crisostomo). Other achievements include:

    • Schaeffer Soccer League Super Division, Undefeated season, ‘72/’73

    • Inter-State Division (NY & NJ), Best 6 teams from Italian American League, ‘82/’83 & ‘83/’84

    • Region 1 Cup Finalist ‘84

    • NJ Italian American League Champions ‘85/’86

    • Champion, Newark International Tournament, defeated Marialvas F.C score 1-0. 2nd Division, Portugal, ‘87

    • 1st Place Garden State Super Soccer Division ‘10/’11,’11/’12

    • State Super Cup, ‘97/’98

    • 2nd Place, Champions League, ‘98/’99, ‘99/’00, ‘00/’01, 08/09

    • Champions League Cup ‘09

    • Champions League Metro Stars Cup, 2000 played at the Giants Stadium

    • NJ National Open Cup, ‘03/’04 (Region one finalist vs. Maryland), ‘04/’05,’07/’08,’08/’09

    • NJ State Cup Champions ‘02/’03

    • NJ National Amateur Cup, ‘06/’07,’ 08/’09,’ 09/’10(Region 1 Finalist vs. Massachusetts)

    • Champions League Region 1, Champions, ’03-’10 (Five in a row and Six out of Seven).  GSSL Super Division Champions ’10/’11.

    • North Division Champions and Super League Finalists ‘11/’12


  • Luso-American Soccer Club

    • 2nd Place, LISA League, ‘81/’82

    • 2nd Place, Schaeffer Soccer League, ‘77/’78


Professional Coaching Experience


  • Ironbound Soul

    • Head Coach American Soccer League ‘14


  • LISA Select Team

    • Won 40 games in a span of 3 years, suffered single loss in ‘90/’93 to Portugal’s second division team

    • Desportivo De Goveia

    • Champion of two East Coast Tournaments in Rhode Island, ‘91/’92-U/23U-23M

    • NJ State Champions, ‘91- Undefeated SeasonEarned 5 wins, 1 loss, in Portugal tour, versus 2nd and 3rd Division Teams, 1992


  • Northern Eastern Super Soccer League All Star Team

    • Defeated Italian Amateur National team, 1-0, coached All-Star Team with Al Mondelo(who coached the Metro Stars), ‘89 ]


  • Newark All-Star Team

    • Defeated National Amateur Team of Ireland, 2-0, ‘82

    • Defeated All-Star Montreal team, 1-0 at home and 4-3 in Canada, ‘79

    • Defeated Naval F.C., Portuguese team, 2nd Division, 4-1, ‘79


  • Newark Tigers North Eastern Super Soccer League Region One Pro Team

    • 2nd Place, N.E.S.S.L, Tied in points with 1st Place team Brooklyn Italians, ‘88/’89

    • Tap Air Portugal International Tournament: Lost 1-0, to Beira-Mar, Portuguese 1st division team, before more than eight thousand fans in Elizabeth, NJ, Beira-Mar placed 5th in their league that year, ‘88


  • Jersey Dragons Pro Team in USSL now known as United States Soccer   League

    • Participated in the United States Soccer Leagues, ‘94/’95

    • Reached Playoffs, 2 years in a row, lost to L.I. Rough Riders, & NY Fever in OT on penalty kicks.

    • Chris Da Silva, Altimont Butler, and Walter Bustamante were three of my players who were later drafted to the Metro Stars and San Jose.


Youth Level Experience & Achievements


  • Competitive Soccer, NJ July 2015-Present

    • Owner/Operator


  • Complete Soccer Training, NJ July 2013-July 2015

    • Trainer


  • Middletown Strikers White, Middletown, NJ- Present

    • Coach U-13 Boys


  • Middletown Strikers Red, Middletown, NJ- Present

    • Trainer U-11 Boys


  • U.S. Parma and Victory Soccer Academy Edison, NJ

    •  Coach and Trainer U-15 Boys Forza, ‘13


  • U.S. Parma and Victory Soccer Academy Edison, NJ

    • Coach and Trainer U-16 Boys Cavaleri, ‘13


  • U.S. Parma and Victory Soccer Academy Edison, NJ

    • Coach and Trainer U-17 Boys Ragazzi, MAPS Undefeated Champions ‘12


  • Ironbound Soccer Club, Newark, NJ

    • Coach and Trainer U-18 Boys Phantoms Elite, ’09/’10


  • Ironbound Soccer Club, Newark, NJ

    • Coach and Trainer F.C. Porto U-18 Boys, ’91 Champions and undefeated season


  • Ironbound Soccer Club, Newark, NJ

    • Coach and Trainer F.C. Porto U-12 Boys , ‘90/’91, Champions and undefeated season


Playing Experience

  • St. Paul Sports Club; Elizabeth Portuguese; Sport Club Portuguese; LUSO American

  • Won Schaeffer League ‘70/’71, & ‘71/’72 - Undefeated


Brief list of my Former Players who are Coaches

  • Kevin East- Current Head Coach Rutgers University at Newark

  • Brian Santowski- Former Head Coach Montclair State University

  • Dave Masur- Current Head coach St. Johns University

  • Pedro Lopes- Former Head Coach NJIT University

  • Chris Da Silva- Ex-Head Coach, Jersey City College, Ex-Player on Metro Stars, Now with Red Bulls coaching staff

  • Altimont {Freddy} Butler- Former Player with MLS San Jose and Columbus, Currently Assistant Coach First Division Norway Teams Sogndol and Notodden.  He was offered a job in England for Chelsea Youth Academy U12 and U16.

  • Pascal Clerigo- Assistant at Kean University


Club Coaching & Training Contacts/Experience

  • Sport Club Portuguese

  • LUSO-American

  • F.C.Porto

  • Newark Tigers

  • Jersey Dragons,

  • Head Coach and Trainer, Ironbound Soccer Club, U-18 Phantoms Elite, 2009-‘10


Other Professional Business Experience

  • Exit Realty Lucky Associates, Licensed Real Estate Agent

  • Military Service:     U.S. Army, 171st Aviation Company, Honorable Discharge

  • Education:       Essex County College, Newark, NJ,

                               Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, 

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