Tedesco Joins Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
March 27, 2012
"Joe is very experienced, he has done a lot in the game from the license perspective so we're looking forward to a lot of his insight and input. He will be a huge addition to the program," Pereira said. "He will focus on the tactical side of the game. That's where his strengths are so we're really hoping to tap into that."
Tedesco, originally from Albany, New York, returns to the east coast after being on the west coast for 10 years. For the past three seasons, Tedesco was an assistant coach at San Diego State University.
The Aztecs had a 16-game unbeaten streak in 2009 and were undefeated in conference play that season with a record of 5-0-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009. During his time at San Diego State, the Aztecs were 14-3-3 in Mountain West Conference games.
In three seasons at SDSU, Tedesco coached 16 All-Mountain West conference selections and helped lead the Aztecs to the sixth most improved team in the country in his first season, improving the 2008 team's record of 6-10-3 to 15-4-5 in 2009.
Prior to his time with the Aztecs, coach Tedesco was the assistant coach of the Point Loma Nazarene University women's team from 2004-2007 and was the associate head coach for both the men's and women's programs in 2008.
At Point Loma, Tedesco helped lead the Sea lions to their first and second NAIA National Championship Tournaments making it as far as the quarterfinals in 2007. During his time at Point Loma, the previously unranked Sea lions climbed the polls up to No. 4 in the country during the 2007 season and appeared in the nation's top 10 on six different occasions.
The Sea Lions had 17 selections to the All-GSAC team, five honorable mention NAIA All-Americans and two NAIA All-Americans during Tedesco's tenure with the program.
Tedesco played two seasons at the University of New Hampshire where he was an All-America East Academic team honoree and was the team's H. Richard Sandlar award winner for academic achievement in 1999.
In 2003, Tedesco played professionally for the San Diego Gauchos in the United Soccer Leagues pro select league.
Tedesco graduated with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire in 2002 and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a master's degree in physical education in 2006.
He holds the prestigious UEFA "A" coaching badge as well as the "A" license and Goalkeeper license from the United States Soccer Federation. Tedesco was also recently honored as the "Coach of the Year" with San Diego Soccer club for the older girls program and spent time on staff with the Olympic development program for both Region IV and for Cal South youth soccer.
Tedesco is married to Kimberly Tedesco and the couple has one son Giovanni and is expecting another child late this summer.