Tony Amato enters his second season at the helm of the Arizona soccer program. He was introduced as head coach on Dec. 5, 2012.
Entering the 2015 season, Amato carries an overall career record of 147-63-20 in 12 seasons as a head coach, marked by a combined Division I record of 65-26-9 at Arizona and Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) and a Division II record of 82-37-11 at Rollins.
In his second year at the helm of the Arizona Wildcat program, he led the squad to an 11-8-2 record. That is the second-highest win total in history as well. Arizona made it to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history and advanced to the second round after beating Oklahoma State in Stillwater in the first round. Arizona also swept a Pac-12 weekend for the first time since 2005. In both cases, Arizona beat Oregon and Oregon State in Tucson.
Arizona’s 2014 squad also set a new school record and tied another on the season, posting the most shots in a season in program history at 359. Arizona also only allowed one shot by Northern Arizona on August 28, 2014, tying a school record set in 1997.
In his inaugural campaign, Amato coached Arizona to its first winning record the program has seen since 2005. The Wildcats started the season undefeated for six-straight games, including a notable 0-0 tie against No. 24 Ohio State and a 6-0 shutout of UC Riverside. The 3-0-3 start for the Wildcats was the best since 1994, the program’s inaugural year.
To conclude the 2013 season, the Cats shutout rival Arizona State, 2-0, to add to their six shutout games on the season. Among the Pac-12 teams, the Wildcats ended the season ranked No. 2 in goals with 38 and No. 4 in shots with 328.
Prior to accepting the Arizona position in 2012, Amato led SFA to victories over SEC, Big 12, and CUSA opponents to produce a national RPI ranking (31) and a top 50 finish (45) in 2011. Both rankings were the highest in the history of the SFA program.
Amato coached the SFA Ladyjacks to conference titles in 2011 and 2012 with a combined 17-0 league record. His marks in three years at SFA were 13-5-2 in 2010, 15-3-1 in 2011 and 17-4 in 2012. The ‘Jacks lost to Texas A&M, 1-0, in NCAA Championships first-round action in 2012.
A former collegiate player, he was a four-year star at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors, among several other. He was the school's Student-Athlete of the Year his senior season and earned Academic All-America and SSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors during his career.
A 2000 Rollins graduate, Amato worked as an assistant with the school from 2001-02, and then was an assistant in the spring of 2003 for the men's team at Stetson University before accepting the women's head job at Rollins that fall.
Amato earned a master's degree in exercise physiology from Central Florida in 2002 and worked with local club soccer and Olympic Development Programs within the Florida Youth Soccer Association.
He and his wife, Samantha, reside in Tucson.
The Wildcats finished with a record of 9-7-4 in Amato’s first season as the head coach in 2013. Those nine victories were the most victories of any first year head coach in Arizona history.
Arizona’s 11 wins and NCAA Tournament appearance were the first since the Wildcats won 11 games and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen back in 2005. It is tied for the second most wins in Arizona history and just the third time the Wildcats have hit double digit victories in one season.
Amato has led the Wildcats to eight conference wins in the last two years, which ties Tobias for the most conference victories in their first two years at the helm. Amato’s 20 overall victories is second behind Tobias (21) for the most victories in the first two years as head coach as well.
Arizona won four games each season in conference play, which is tied for the second most conference wins in Arizona history.
In 2014, Arizona had a six game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) from Aug. 28 to Oct. 10, which was the longest unbeaten streak since 2004 when the Wildcats won nine straight games from Sep. 12 to Oct. 15. The six game unbeaten streak is also the second-longest streak in Arizona history, which also included a four game winning streak, which hadn’t happened since the 2007 campaign.
The offensive production has gone up since Amato took over in 2013. The Wildcats set the record for most goals in a season with 38 in the 2013 season and set the record for most shots taken in a season with 359 in 2014.
Amato has coached an All-Pac-12 player in each of his two seasons. Jazmin Ponce was First Team All-Pac-12 in 2013 and Gabi Stoian was Second Team All-Pac-12 in 2014.
Not only have the Wildcats succeeded on the pitch, they have also succeeded in the classroom under Amato. In the 2014 season, five student-athletes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team. Jaden DeGracie, Lexe Selman and Sheafer Skadsen were on the first team while Alexandra Doller and Haley Silverberg were on the second team.