MCCC Soccer Coach Charlie Inverso Steps Down;
Search for New Coach Underway


West Windsor, N.J. - Mention the name Charlie Inverso and most people connect him with soccer at Mercer County Community College, where he completed his 24th season as head coach for the men's team in 2009.

No longer. Inverso announced his resignation in early February, leaving behind a legacy of success that has put Mercer on the national stage for junior college men's soccer. Under Inverso, the MCCC Vikings made 18 trips to the nationals, with 13 Final Four appearances and nine trips to the finals, coming away with five national championships over three decades, most recently in 2004. Along the way, his Vikings squads dominated the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region 19 and Northeast District.

Since his first season in 1986, Inverso compiled a 434-46-14 record (a .904 winning percentage), the second best victory total of any coach in junior college history.

Just as impressive, approximately 150 MCCC soccer players have gone on to four-year schools, with 86 attending on athletic scholarships. Two sophomores recently received scholarships to transfer in fall 2010: Amit Aburmad to Boston College and Ido Ligety to St. John's University. Sixteen former players have played professionally, including Major League Soccer, the premier divisions of Europe and the 2006 World Cup.

With over 40 players who have gone on to coach college, high school or club programs, Inverso's contribution to soccer in Mercer County and beyond is significant. Said MCCC Athletics Director John Simone, "Coach Inverso has had an indelible impact on the soccer program at Mercer. He has brought us to a level of excellence that we will work hard to live up to."

According to Simone, the search for a new men's coach is underway. Inquiries about Vikings men's soccer should be addressed to Interim Coach Tom DeStefano at or by calling 609-570-3746.

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