New coaches at UW-Platteville
University of Wisconsin-Platteville athletic director Mark Molesworth announced recently the hiring of separate head coaches for each of the soccer programs.
The Pioneers’ men’s program will now be directed by Enzo Fuschino, who has guided both programs since 2007. Fuschino missed the 2009 season due to illness and has returned to direct both Pioneer programs since 2010.
The Pioneers’ women’s program will now be directed by Allison Sanyi, who has been an assistant for both programs since 2008. She served as the Pioneers’ head men’s and women’s coach during the 2009 season.
Among Fuschino's accomplishments with the men’s program is four-consecutive winning seasons. In 2010, Fuschino had seven players earn all-WIAC recognition including the conference’s Player of the Year in B.J. Gottschlich and seven All-State selections. Gottschlich, who ranked statistically among one of the top players in the nation, was also named to the all-Wisconsin team and the state’s Player of the Year.
In 2010, the women posted an 11-9-2 record. The Pioneers were above the .500 mark for the first time in four years and the third time in 13 years. They finished fifth in WIAC play for the highest finish ever and advanced beyond the first round in conference tournament play for the first time in the program’s history. The womens' team also earned two NSCAA Team Ethics Awards and a NSCAA Academic Award.
In 2008, Fuschino guided the Pioneers men’s program to its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament which reached the second round. A stingy UW-Platteville defense set a school record with 11 shutouts and 0.55 goals-against average. Three Pioneers earned all-region recognition from the NSCAA and five received all-state accolades.
He is only the 10th men’s head coach in program history and came to UW-Platteville after a five-year successful stint as the head boys coach at Madison La Follette from 2001 to 2006. Prior to that he coached both the boys and girls program from 1996 to 1999 at Stoughton High School and has also coached successful club programs, the Princeton Soccer Club and the Madison 56ers in the Midwest Regional and Premiere Leagues. Fuschino has been active with the Wisconsin Olympic Development Program for the last seven years. He currently serves as the ‘94s boys head coach and previously was an assistant coach for the Madison 56ers NPSL team. He played for the Unione Sportiva Melizzano in the Amateur Italian League in 1980-85 and for A.S. Arbia from 1986 to 1989.
Fuschino, who moved to the United States in 1989, earned his bachelor’s degree in French and Italian at Buffalo in 1994 and his master’s degree in Italian Literature from UW-Madison in 1997. He has taught coursework in classical mythology and Italian at La Follette, where he was three times named the Teacher of the Month. Fuschino has teaching responsibilities at UW-Platteville and a NSCAA National Diploma and a USSF “C” license. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Maria and Jessie.
As an assistant coach, Allison Sanyi and the Pioneers have reached new levels of success, both on and off the field. She has been involved with the coordination of practice and game planning as well as the development of the student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, she has served as an instructor in the University’s Physical Education Department.
As the head coach in 2009, the Pioneers’ men’s program posted a 9-8-3 mark and the women finished 8-10-2. Four women and 10 men have earned all-WIAC honors since Sanyi joined the Pioneers in 2008.
For the last five years, she has served on the coaching staff of the women’s soccer team at nearby Dubuque Wahlert High School. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, she was a four-year standout at Loras College. At Loras, she was a two-time team captain and the college’s Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. She was a three-time Iowa Conference All-Academic Team selection. Sanyi was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her four years, including serving as President as a senior.
She graduated from Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa, where she was a three-time all-state selection in soccer and named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior.