Anthony Latronica was promoted to associate head coach for the men's soccer program on Feb. 10, 2010. Latronica, who has been with the program for three years as an assistant coach, will continue his duties as the recruiting coordinator as well as on-field coaching. He came to the Academy prior to the `07 season after spending one season as an assistant at Harvard.
Latronica also spent four years (1999-02) as an assistant coach with the Crimson before a three-year stint as an assistant at Oregon State from 2003-05.
In 2006, Latronica returned to coach Harvard for his fifth season overall as an assistant coach and played an integral role in returning the program to national prominence. He helped the Crimson capture their first Ivy League Championship in over 10 years, earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, and finished the season with a national ranking of #13 by the NSCAA.
During his stint at Oregon State, Latronica helped lead the Beavers to 30 wins in three years while competing in one of the toughest conferences in the country. Highlights include an at-large bid to the NCAAs in 2003 and a second- and third-place finish in the Pac-10. With Latronica as the lead recruiter, the recruiting classes at OSU were ranked #15, #12 and #20 in the nation from 2003-2005, respectively.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Latronica carries a long list of competitive experience. He spent four years as a goalkeeper in the U.S. National Team system, playing on the U-20, U-21 and U-23 squads from 1993-95 and 1997.
Latronica has a background in international competition as well, having played for Millwall FC in the English First Division in 1998 and 2000, in addition to starting for Monselice Calcio of the Italian Fifth Division in 2001. He also had stints with five Major League Soccer teams from 1998-2000, including Kansas City, New York/New Jersey, San Jose, New England and Colorado. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Boston Bulldogs as a rookie in the A-league in 1998.
A four-year team captain at the University of Rhode Island, Latronica was a two-time All-American in 1995-96, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 19 wins in 1995. "Latro" was also a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference and three-time Academic All-Conference pick with the Rams. He holds URI school records for career shutouts (25), single-season goals-against-average (0.67), single-season shutouts (13) and career games played (84). The 1997 ECAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, Latronica graduated with honors in business management.
Latronica, 33, holds a USSF "A" license, is in his second year as a National Staff Instructor for US Soccer and has spent four years on the Region IV ODP staff. The former Columbine High School (Colo.) All-American married Alexi Emmerson in June of 2009.