Coaches / Staff
Brian Gill Head Coach
Brian Gill wrapped up his second season as the James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer in 2019. After serving as an assistant coach in 2017, Gill took over for Rudy Fuller in February of 2018, following Fuller's promotion to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Programs.
Gill's second season at the helm showed continued improvement from his first year, guiding the Quakers to their first above .500 record since the 2011 season with a 7-5-4 tally, and a 3-1-3 record in Ivy League action. In conference action, the squad earned 12 points to take second in the standings following a great four-match ending to the season with two wins over No. 24 Yale and Harvard and draws against Brown and Princeton. The win against Ivy Champion, Yale, was the only loss in the league for the Bulldogs. Awards flooded in for the Quakers after the season, led by junior defender Alex Touche as the Ivy's Defensive Player of the Year. He was joined on first-team All-Ivy with junior midfielder Joey Bhangdia, while freshman Kai Lammers earned a second-team nod and senior Brandon Bartel and junior Jake Kohlbrenner sport honorable mention spots. Touche continued his honors with a United Soccer Coaches (USC) third-team All-Region honor in the Northeast.
In his first year, the improvement began on the field for the Quakers, as Penn notched a .500 record at 5-5-6 for the first time since 2013. Defensively, the Red and Blue boasted their strongest numbers since 2010, posting seven shutouts and holding their opponents to a sub-one goals allowed per game average. Sophomore Alex Touche garnered first-team All-Ivy status, while junior Brandon Bartel earned honorable mention league honors with a conference-best six assists.
Gill spent 2017 as an assistant coach for Penn, helping coach four All-Ivy honorees. Prior to his arrival in University City, he spent seven seasons at Georgetown as an assistant. His tenure in the nation's capital was highlighted by five trips to the NCAA Tournament, including reaching the NCAA College Cup final in 2012 and appearances in the Elite Eight (2014) and Sweet Sixteen (2013, 2015). Georgetown won four Big East championships and was nationally-ranked each season from 2010-15.
As a player, Gill was a three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Rider University, while graduating magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in secondary education and history. He earned his master's degree at Georgetown in sports industry management in 2015.
Jonathan Delano Assistant Coach
Jonathan Delano concluded his second year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program in 2019.
Delano helped oversee two All-Ivy honorees in his debut season in University City, guiding the Quakers to their first .500 season since 2013.
He followed it up in 2019, helping Penn to a 7-5-4 tally, the first above .500 record since 2011. With a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings with 12 points, the Quakers sat only behind Ivy Champion, Yale, who had just one loss in league play for the year, to Penn on October 26 in Philadelphia, 1-0 in double overtime. In his second season, he coached the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year in junior Alex Touche and four other All-Ivy honorees.
Delano arrived to Penn after spending the past five seasons at Harvard, most recently in the role of associate head coach. His tenure featured the second-most Ivy League wins over the past five years in the history of Harvard soccer, and in 2015, Delano was named the NSCAA East Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
With the Crimson, Delano developed six professional players in four years including two MLS players, one second division player in Spain, two USL players, and one second division player in Australia, in addition to working with 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. Delano oversaw 19 All-Ivy honorees in his five years with Harvard.
Prior to his stint in The Bay State, Delano boasted a successful career at Dominican University ini San Rafael, Calif. A 2003 graduate of the institution, Delano began is coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, along with coaching local high school and club-level teams. He was elevated to head coach of the Dominican women's team in 2006 and garnered two California Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards.
As a result of his success with the women's program, Delano was elevated to director of soccer in 2009, putting him in charge of both the men's and women's teams in their first year competing at the NCAA Division II level. Delano also had stints as the director of athletic development at Dominican, and the head men's and women's golf coach.
As a student-athlete himself at Dominican, Delano competed in both soccer and basketball. He was born in nearby Santa Rosa, Calif., and is married to the former Tobey Glazier, a former swimmer and water polo student-athlete at Bucknell.
Steve DeMatteo Assistant Coach
Steve DeMatteo concluded his first season as an assistant coach for the Quakers in 2019.
In just his first season, he helped Penn to a 7-5-4 tally, the first above .500 record since 2011. With a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings with 12 points, the Quakers sat only behind Ivy Champion, Yale, who had just one loss in league play for the year, to Penn on October 26 in Philadelphia, 1-0 in double overtime. In his first season, he coached the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year in junior Alex Touche and four other All-Ivy honorees.
DeMatteo joined Penn following stops as as an assistant coach at at Arcadia and Lafayette, and most recently, two years as head coach at Manhattanville College. There, he accumulated a 21-14-1 record, including a 13-6 mark last season, the most wins for the program since 2011. The 2018 MAC Freedom Coach of the Year, DeMatteo helped land the Valiants a program-record nine all-conference selections last fall.
DeMatteo arrived at Manhattanville after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach at Lafayette. Working with the team's back four, he crafted the unit into the best defense in the Patriot League in 2016, conceding a conference-low 1.06 goals per game. That followed up on his first season, in which the Leopards allowed only 17 goals in 18 matches (0.94 goals/game). Previously, DeMatteo spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at Arcadia from 2013-15. He played a role in all aspects of the program including recruiting, scouting and on-field training sessions.
DeMatteo has also worked extensively at the elite and academy youth level of the game. In 2016 and 2017 DeMatteo lead the Patriot FC 99 boys to back to back USYS PA East State Cup Championships. In 2016 the same team finished as USYS Region 1 Semi-Finalist. Prior to his time at Patriot FC DeMatteo worked with Match Fit Academy FC in NJ. During his time at Match Fit DeMatteo worked with U14 USSDA team as well as the U13 and U12 Pre-Academy teams.
As a player, DeMatteo began his career at Drew University before spending his last three seasons at William Paterson University. He started 45 of his 46 appearances on the field for the Pioneers, scoring eight goals with five assists for 21 points. The 2013 William Paterson graduate is still tied for first all-time at the school in both matches started and matches played in a season, starting all 22 appearances in 2008 for the ECAC Metro Tournament champions. Additionally, in 2010 DeMatteo played 1 season in the National Premier Soccer League for the New Jersey based club NJ Blaze.
DeMatteo currently holds licenses from the United States Soccer Federation as well as the United Soccer Coaches Association.