Henry Almeida is entering his seventh season at the helm of the UMass Dartmouth men’s soccer program. Under his watchful eye, the Corsairs have posted an overall record of 61-45-6, five consecutive campaigns with at least 10 victories, and three appearances in the Little East Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Game.
Almeida, the 12th man to guide the men’s soccer program, will begin the 2014 season three victories shy of becoming the all-time wins leader. Prior to taking over the program in 2008, Almeida served as an assistant coach for two seasons under Ray Cabral, the all-time wins leader (63).
Last season, UMass Dartmouth sported an overall record of 11-8, including a 5-2 mark within the conference circuit. The Corsairs finished in a tie for second place with Keene State College, but earned the second seed in the conference tournament by virtue of a 4-2 win over the Owls during the regular-season. UMass Dartmouth advanced to the finals of the Little East tournament for the second straight season and fourth time in program history with a 3-1 victory over third-seeded Keene State College.
In 2012, Almeida led the Corsairs to the fifth highest single-season win total in program history, boasting a 12-7 mark. UMass Dartmouth opened the 2012 schedule by capturing the Southern Maine Invitational with overtime victories over Coast Guard Academy and Saint Joseph’s (Maine). The 2012 Little East Conference Coach of the Year directed UMass Dartmouth to a 3-1 upset victory at Keene State College in the semifinals of the conference tournament, booking the program’s first appearance in the finals since 2009.
A talented recruiter and motivator, Almeida was selected by his peers as the Little East Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2009. He has mentored a total of 21 All-Little East Conference selections, including 11 members on the first-team. In 2013, Victor Ferreia became the first student-athlete in program history to be voted the as Offensive Player of the Year. Almeida has also produced two of the past three Rookies of the Year in Aelaf Solomon (2012) and Nick Gontijo (2011).
Almeida began his head coaching career at the interscholastic level, overseeing the Old Rochester Regional High School boys’ program for two years. He was also active in the Massachusetts Premier League (MAPLE), coaching the Storm and Nor’easter clubs in the Division 1 circuit. Almeida also led the St. Michael’s soccer club to the Under-16 boys’ South Coast League championships in 2001 and 2002.
The Dartmouth, Mass. native began his intercollegiate career at Merrimack College before transferring to UMass Dartmouth, where he played for Jim Cook.
Almeida also serves as the Key Account Manager for Polar Beverage in Avon, Mass.
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