The Pennsylvania College of Technology Athletics Department has named Rafael Morais its new full-time men’s soccer coach starting in the 2014-15 academic year. The coaching position is the third to be moved to full-time status this year behind baseball and women’s soccer. Morais comes to Penn College with extensive collegiate and professional experience.
“We are excited to announce that Coach Morais will take over our men’s soccer program,” said Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics. “He brings outstanding credentials and the necessary skill set to take our men’s soccer program to the next level. Coach Morais has a proven record of building teams and getting the most out of them.”
Since 2007, Morais has been the head of the men’s soccer program at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, N.Y. He was a two-time National Coach of the Year in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, leading his team to two national championships with a total of five championship appearances. In seven years, he has amassed an impressive 85-12-5 overall record. In addition, he coached Puerto Rico’s national women’s professional team in friendlies against Mexico in 2010.
“I’m excited to be joining the Penn College family and am thankful to the department and institution for giving me this opportunity,” Morais said. “I want to continue building on the recent success of the program. My goal is to develop a positive and successful team identity and mentality. Once we establish that, the opportunities are endless for success in the classroom and on the field. I expect to raise the level of soccer and help the team become a national contender.”
Morais, a native of Brazil, is a graduate of C.W. Post. As a member of the men’s soccer program, he was a team captain and starting midfielder. He graduated in 2007 with a comparative language and Spanish degree.