Marcelo Antonelli joined UC Davis women's soccer's coaching staff, as announced by head coach Twila Kaufman on May 20, 2015, and will enter his third season as an Aggie once the 2017 campaign kicks-off.
"I am thrilled for this new and exciting challenge in my career," said Antonelli. "UC Davis is a school with an internationally recognized top academic reputation, located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
I would like to thank Twila for this great opportunity. I am extremely motivated and look forward to helping the UC Davis coaching staff achieve great results in the upcoming years."
Even though he will assist Kaufman with recruiting and skill development of the Aggies' position players, Antonelli will take full responsibility for the recruitment and development of the program's goalkeepers.
"Antonelli's ability to teach the position is superb. His experience as a club, college and professional goalkeeper is invaluable. We are excited to add another coach to the program with a big vision and the experience to help us continue our quest for national prominence," added Kaufman.
Throughout his eight-year tenure at Saint Francis University, Antonelli mentored the top three goalkeepers in the program's history: Lauren Fearer, Brianna Butcher and Jessica Boyer. Through Antonelli's instruction, all three honed their skill sets and posted the lowest all-time goals against averages in school history: 0.89, 0.97 and 1.17 respectively.
Under Antonelli's tutelage, Saint Francis' goalkeepers collected eight league defensive awards, two all-conference selections and multiple all-tournament honors starting in 2010 when the Red Flash finished the season as Northeast Conference champions for the first time in school history.
That year marked the first of four consecutive years that Saint Francis won a league title.
"Having lived in Brazil, Italy and the U.S., Marcelo brings a wide range of soccer experiences to our program. His success at Saint Francis was one of the main reasons why he was such an appealing candidate. Under his leadership, two of its teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
"With over eight years of D-I experience, Marcelo will add maturity to our staff," Kaufman said.
A Brazilian native, Antonelli was admitted to the physical education program at University of Campinas (São Paulo), where he competed as his school's goalkeeper and served as the coach of Unicamp's futsal team.
Upon graduation, Antonelli rejoined the Guarani Futebol Club - he represented the organization as its futsal goalkeeper prior to his arrival at Unicamp - as the head coach of its girls soccer program and U17 boys soccer strength and conditioning trainer.
As head coach, his girls teams captured a U15 national soccer championship and the U15 Brazil Futsal Cup.
Before he joined the women's soccer team at Saint Francis, Antonelli competed professionally in Italy for five years as a member of three different futsal teams: Reggiana Calcio, Pescara Calcio, and ASD Regalbuto. In addition to winning two Italian Cups, Antonelli was named his league's best goalkeeper in 2004.
Antonelli is a member of the NCSAA Region I coaching staff and holds a premier diploma from the organization.
Joining Antonelli in California is his wife, Jenny, and their dog, Kiwi.