Tony Amato resigned from SFA on Wednesday to become the head coach of the University of Arizona.
Dec. 5, 2012
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Two-time Southland Conference Soccer Coach of the Year Tony Amato announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to accept the women’s soccer head coaching position at the University of Arizona.
“I want to thank Robert Hill, Matt Fenley, and the entire support staff at SFA for helping us be successful,” Amato said Wednesday. “I greatly enjoyed my time here and that is a real credit to the people associated with the university and the athletic department. It is important to thank the players for all their hard work. They invested in SFA soccer and have seen that pay off the past few years. I know they will continue to carry the program forward.”
Under Amato’s guidance the Ladyjacks won two SLC regular season titles and the 2012 SLC Tournament to advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2007. Over the past two years the Ladyjacks went 17-0 in conference play. Amato, who coached SFA from 2010-12, compiled an overall record of 45-11-3 and leaves SFA as the all-time winning percentage (.788) leader in school history.
“I would like to thank Tony for his tremendous work,” SFA Athletic Director Robert Hill said. “We’ve had the best two seasons in school history so it is hard to see him go. To move from SFA to Arizona speaks volumes about our soccer program. We will start immediately to find someone to continue what he started.”
In his three years Amato coached 21 total all-conference players, including 16 first-teamers. He also oversaw three-time SLC Player of the Year, Kylie Louw, who this year was named an NSCAA All-American.