Coaches / Staff
Brian Gill Head Coach
Brian Gill, who spent the 2017 season as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania and has more than a decade of coaching experience in college soccer, enters his second season as Penn's James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer. Gill takes over for Rudy Fuller, who was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Intercollegiate Programs in February.
"Brian is one of the top young coaches in college soccer, and we are thrilled that he will lead our men's soccer program," Calhoun said. "He places an emphasis on the student-athlete experience, has proven himself as a high-level recruiter, and has championship and NCAA Tournament experience as a coach. We look forward to celebrating many future successes under Brian's leadership."
"It is a tremendous honor to be selected as the next head men's soccer coach at the University of Pennsylvania," Gill said. "The program has a rich tradition of success, and I am excited for the opportunity to expand my role and lead this program to help further that tradition. I want to personally thank Dr. Grace Calhoun for having the trust in me to lead this program going forward. Additionally, I would like to thank Rudy Fuller for believing in me and for his mentorship over the last year in showing me how special the Penn men's soccer community truly is."
"I am thrilled to hand over the coaching reins to Brian," Fuller said. "We have known each other for over a decade, but this past year has given me a first-hand look at his ability to comprehensively lead a program. I've always known that he was one of the top recruiters in the country, but what I've come to learn in the past year is that his mentoring and coaching are just as special. He truly cares about the well-being of our student-athletes, on and off the field. I have spent the majority of my career trying to build on the storied tradition of Penn men's soccer, and I am extremely confident that Brian is the leader to push the program to even greater heights in the years ahead."
Gill spent the past season as 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.
The Georgetown coaching staff was named the Big East Coaching Staff of the Year three times and four of Gill's recruiting classes were ranked in the top six nationally, peaking at fourth in 2013 and 2014. During his tenure at Georgetown, Gill coached 14 players who signed with a Major League Soccer (MLS) squad, one MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, three Hermann Trophy semifinalists, nine All-Americans, 22 regional All-Americans, nine Big East Players of the Year, and 30 All-Big East honorees, as well as the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player. Additionally, one Academic All-American, one Big East Scholar-Athlete and one Elite 89 Award winner have played under Gill's tutelage.
Prior to spending time in the nation's capital, Gill spent one season at Seattle University (2009) and two seasons at Lafayette College (2007-08) as an assistant coach.
Gill currently holds a USSF 'B' License as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a National Goalkeepers Diploma.
As a player, Gill was a three-time captain and two-time team MVP at Rider University and helped the Broncs reach the MAAC Championship match in 2000 and 2003. He also played goalkeeper for the Brooklyn Knights of USL's Premier Development League from 2001-03.
Gill graduated magna cum laude from Rider 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 enters 2019 in his second year as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program.
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.
Dan Scheck Assistant Coach
Dan Scheck enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Quakers, focusing on the goalkeeping unit for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program.
Scheck wrapped up his second season with the the University of Connecticut in 2017 as Director of Soccer Quality Control, assisting with ticket sales, match promotions, and fan engagement. Last fall, Scheck's efforts helped aid the Huskies to an average attendance of 3,502, ranking first nationally in average attendance. He served as a goalkeeper for the Temple Owls from 2011-14. A three-year starter, Scheck appeared in 43 games in his Owl career, tallying 16 clean sheets. As a senior in 2014, he started in 16 games en route to a second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. He enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in 2013, matching the program record with nine shutouts. The Sayville, N.Y. native was named the league's Keeper of the Week on two occasions and held an .859 save percentage in 18 starts.
Steve DeMatteo Assistant Coach
DeMatteo joins 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.
"We are excited to announce that Steve DeMatteo will be joining the program at this time," added Gill. "With Peter stepping away, it gave us an opportunity to look at the program's needs as well as what would best complement our coaching staff. Steve is someone that I have known in coaching over the years and had the chance to learn more about him recently in the times he has come to work our ID Camps. He has done a good job developing as a coach during his time as an assistant coach at Arcadia University and Lafayette College, then most recently as the head coach at Manhattanville College. Steve has a solid understanding of the direction we are trying to move the program and I think he will be a tremendous asset to our staff, as well as our players."
"First, I must thank Head Coach Brian Gill for providing me the opportunity to be a part of the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer program," commented DeMatteo. "I am excited to begin working with such a fantastic and respected staff at an amazing university. I am greatly looking forward to creating and developing relationships with the student-athletes, while continuing the strong soccer tradition of the program. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my family, mentors, and former players who have allowed me to continue to grow and develop as a coach."
DeMatteo came to 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.