Bruno Victal, the sixth head coach in program history, is entering his fourth season as the head men's soccer coach at Saint Anselm in 2019.
After inheriting a team that was winless in the NE10 in 2015 (0-11-2), Victal has guided the Hawks to identical 3-9-1 marks in conference play in his first two seasons. His teams are 7-22-3 overall through two seasons while playing in a conference that featured five nationally-ranked teams in 2017.
The 2018 season featured only one defeat by three goals - the remaining losses were by one or two goal margins. The Hawks secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over championship-bound Southern Conn. St. in the season finale.
In his first season on the Hilltop, the Hawks went 4-11-1 overall. Victal earned his first-career victory with a 2-1 overtime win over Assumption in the Catholic Cup on Sept. 3. Other highlights from the season include a 1-0 win at Saint Rose on Sept. 24 courtesy of a JD Hayward 88th-minute goal and a 4-1 Senior Day victory over Bentley on Oct. 15.
In 2017, Victal's team finished 3-11-2 overall with four of its losses coming at the hands of nationally-ranked teams. The Hawks upended No. 21 Franklin Pierce at Melucci Field on Sept. 26 for the program's first win against a nationally-ranked opponent in nearly seven years (Oct. 7, 2010). Saint Anselm remained in contention for its first berth in the NE10 Men's Soccer Championship since 2009 until the final week of the regular season. Victal also helped coach senior Dan Kelly and junior Emmet O'Callaghan to spots on the All-NE10 Third Team, the program's first All-NE10 honorees since 2014.
Victal played soccer for 15 years as part of the Division 1 Academy in Brazil and played three years for the University of Vila Velha (1999-2001). He was a member of the Brazilian National Team for two consecutive years playing in Spain and France, earning a bronze medal at the World University Games in Pama de Mallorca, Spain in 1999. That same year, he was named the best college player in Brazil. Professionally, Victal played for Clube Atletico Taquaritinga, Rio Branco Atletico Clube and locally for the New Hampshire Phantoms.
He has spent the last 13 years working with several youth clubs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and is currently working as a club director for Nashua World Cup. Victal is a nationally-recognized futsal coach, serving as a current member of the coaching staff for the United States Youth Futsal national teams and as the director of coaching for FutsalNH, one of the largest futsal academies in the country.
He currently resides in Merrimack with his wife, Glaucia Silva, and two kids, Gabriel (12), and Sofia (9).
|Year||Overall Record||NE10 Record/Finish||Postseason|
|Total (3 seasons)||8-33-6 (.234)||7-27-5 (.244)||--|