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Graciano Brito

 
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Graciano Brito was named the eighth head coach in Siena Men's Soccer history on July 15, 2020.

A two-time All-American at Quinnipiac University, Brito spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, whom he helped guide to at least a share of four conference regular season championships, highlighted by a 2013 MAAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

“We would like to welcome Graciano and his family to Siena College and into our community,” said Siena College Vice President and Director of Athletics John D'Argenio upon Brito's appointment. “He is an exciting young coach who has proven himself first as a student athlete and then as a top assistant who helped Quinnipiac to a high level of sustained success in the MAAC. The commitment that Graciano has exhibited as both a student athlete and coach are a testament to the type of person that he is and the kind of mentor he will be to our Saints.”

Brito, 35, played a key role in the unprecedented success of Quinnipiac, which coincided with his return to Hamden in 2012. In his eight seasons as an assistant (2012-19) on head coach Eric Da Costa’s staff, the Bobcats boasted a 71-53-29 (.559) overall record and achieved the five winningest seasons in program history. This past fall, QU won six of its final eight regular season contests while finishing with a 9-6-3 overall ledger and a 7-2-1 record in league play to earn the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Tournament.

“I am excited and honored to become a part of the Siena Athletics program,” noted Brito upon his hiring. “I will bring both passion and commitment to the Siena Men’s Soccer program, and set high standards for both athletic and academic success. I would like to thank John D’Argenio for giving me this opportunity, and I would also like to thank Greg Amodio (Quinnipiac Director of Athletics) and Bill Mecca (Quinnipiac Senior Associate Athletic Director) for their help and support throughout this process. I would also like to especially thank my mentor and friend Eric Da Costa for 12 amazing years at Quinnipiac.”

Quinnipiac qualified for its conference tournament in each of Brito’s eight seasons on staff, while posting a stellar 52-16-12 (.725) mark in conference regular season action. The Bobcats won at least a share of their conference’s regular season championship four times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016), and advanced to the MAAC Championship Match on three occasions (2013, 2016, 2018).