Matt Guinto joins the New York Shockers staff as an assistant to head coach Matt Esposito.
A Syracuse, NY-native, Guinto joined the Vassar College staff as the assistant coach in 2019, having spent two seasons in the role at Utica College.
In his first season at Utica, Guinto helped the program recover from a 2-13-1 campaign in 2016 to an 8-9-2 record in the 2017 season. He leaves Utica after two seasons as the assistant, helping the program to 13 combined wins and recording the program’s first-ever victories over Stevens Technology and Hobart College.
Guinto’s first experiences with coaching came at the club level with Greater Binghamton Football Club (Binghamton, NY) and with New York State West Olympic Development Program (ODP). He coached the ’02 Select Boys side to three consecutive finals in 2016, as well as a semi-final penalty shootout loss at the 2017 Disney Wide World of Sports President’s Day Cup, and a championship at the 2017 FC Delco Championships. Guinto also played three seasons for the club’s NPSL team and led the team in minutes played his debut season. He helped his side record wins over DC United and New York Red Bulls, and has made 3 appearances in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
Guinto is a 2011 graduate of St. John Fisher College, where he played all four years and in 66 matches. He helped lead the Cardinals to the Empire 8 Conference Tournament three times, including an E8 Championship game appearance as a freshman in 2007. In his junior season he helped pace the Cardinals to an ECAC Upstate Championship crown. As a senior, he was named a captain.
Guinto is a USSF National D-Licensed and is currently earning his United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma. He also holds a Level 6 Coaching & Level 1 Goalkeeper License through USC (formerly NSCAA).