Head Coach, Rider University - Men
A name synonymous with winning soccer in Mercer County, Charlie Inverso was named the new head coach of the Rider University men's soccer team in January of 2011.
"After a national search that attracted a quality pool of candidates it became increasingly apparent that the best fit for us was the guy who does not have to change addresses in accepting the job," said Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum.
In his first season at Rider the Broncs competed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and picked up their first postseason win since 2004.
He produced 10 MAAC All-Academic team members and a player on the MAAC All-Rookie team.
Inverso came to Rider from Rutgers University, where he served as an assistant coach in 2010.
"I am really thankful to the search committee and Don Harnum for having the confidence in me to take over the Rider soccer program," Inverso said when he was hired. "I am really looking forward to meeting with the players and working towards moving this program forward."
Inverso was the longtime head coach at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) where he compiled a 434-46-14 record en route to winning five national championships. MCCC won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I title in 1988, 91, 95, 96 and 2004. He took 18 squads to the national tournament, including a run of eight-straight seasons from 2001-08.
"Charlie Inverso is a proven winner and has established a great reputation in the local, regional, and national soccer communities," Harnum added. "I am confident his numerous successful coaching experiences and his extensive contacts in recruiting will be major benefits for the Rider men's soccer program."
Four times Inverso was the National Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year and he was inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2006.
During his 24-year tenure at the helm of the MCCC program, Inverso's former players have enjoyed impressive success. Nearly 170 of his former players have graduated from MCCC and gone on to play soccer at their transfer schools. Over 40 former players have become college or high school coaches and 16 former players have played professionally.
Prior to MCCC, Inverso was an assistant coach at Princeton University from 1980-85. He serves as goalkeeper coach for the Under-15 U.S. National soccer team. He is co-founder of Mooch Soccer, a program that brings soccer to inner city youths of Trenton.
As a player, Inverso was the goalkeeper of the 1974 Notre Dame High School (Lawrence, N.J.) Parochial 'A' state championship squad and went on to be a standout player and captain at Trenton State College (TCNJ), where he earned BS and MS degrees in Physical Education.
Inverso and his wife, Lynne, live in Robbinsville, N.J., with their daughter, Hailey, and son, C.J