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Tony Amato
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Rollins, 2000
Experience: 1 Year

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 2014 season, Amato carries an overall career record of 136-55-18 in 11 seasons as a head coach, marked by a combined Division I record of 54-18-7 at Arizona and Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) and a Division II record of 82-37-11 at Rollins.

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.

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