Perry Nizzi is in his 16th year as head men's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Nizzi's teams have reached double figures in wins seven times and his overall record at Hamilton stands at 133-71-23 (.637 win pct.). The Continentals have advanced to the postseason nine times, including four trips to the NCAA Division III championship, under Nizzi.
Nizzi led the team to the semifinals of the 2010 Liberty League Championship after the team finished fourth in the league's regular season standings. He guided Hamilton to six straight wins from late September to late October, a 4-1-1 record on the road and a 9-3-3 overall mark.
The Continentals won their second league tournament title, advanced to the NCAA championship and finished with a record of 10-5-3 under Nizzi in 2007. The 2006 squad won the league's regular season title, played in the NCAA championship and finished with 11 victories. In 2004, Hamilton won its first league tournament crown, made an NCAA appearance and ended the season ranked 23rd in Division III. Nizzi guided the Continentals to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2000. Hamilton won the league's regular season title earlier that year. Nizzi's 2001 team finished 12-2 and tied the program record for most wins in a season.
Nizzi mentored Greg Rogan '07, who became the third All-American in program history in 2006, when he was voted to the third team by Division III coaches. Jesse Arroyave '11 and Frank Campagnano '12 made the 2010 Northeast Region All-Region first team, which brings the number of all-region selections under Nizzi to 15. Leo Nizzi '14 was chosen the 2010 Liberty League Rookie of the Year. Five men's soccer student-athletes made the 2012 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team.
Nizzi also achieved a great deal of success at Herkimer County Community College, where his record was 291-56-11. He guided the Generals to three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III championships from 1994 to 1996. HCCC established a national collegiate record for the longest winning streak in any sport with 97 consecutive victories. As a result of those amazing accomplishments, Nizzi was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at HCCC in 2006.
In 1999, Nizzi received the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association's award for outstanding contributions in the field of intercollegiate soccer. He was inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
A native of Rome, Nizzi graduated from Rome Free Academy, where he earned high school All-America honors. Nizzi enjoyed an All-America playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College and continued his education at SUNY Cortland. He was an all-state soccer player for the Red Dragons before he received his degree in 1977, and went on to earn a master's in 1980. He was one of eight inducted into the SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame in 2009.
Dave Carter returned to the sidelines with the Hamilton College men's soccer coaching staff in 2013. Carter previously served with head coach Perry Nizzi for five years from 2006 to 2010.
Carter is the director of Utica Futsal and has been working with young people to maximize their potential both on and off the playing field for more than 20 years. He is an elementary school teacher and has coached high school, college and club soccer in Central New York.
Mike Fornino is in his 15th year as an assistant men's soccer coach at Hamilton College. Fornino earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America honors at Herkimer County Community College, where he played on the school's first national championship team.
Fornino continued his playing career at the University of Tampa -- an NCAA Division II program.