Since being appointed the fourth permanent head coach in program history in 2000, head coach Chris D’Ambrosio has provided the program with a consistency which has resulted in 18 winning records in 19 years and 16 seasons of ten or more wins in the last 18 years, and eight post-season appearances.
D’Ambrosio is now in his 22nd season with the program, the last 19 as head coach. Under D’Ambrosio, the Warriors have claimed outright or shared nine Little East Conference regular season titles, captured four LEC playoff titles, qualified for five NCAA and three ECAC tournaments, and have recorded a winning percentage 64.8 percent. The winning percentage and wins per season (11.8) are the highest among the five head coaches in the program’s 33-year history.
Among the top seven winningest active New England Division III head women's soccer coaches, D'Ambrosio rates fourth in wins per season and seventh in total victories.
Under D'Ambrosio, the Warriors posted three straight unbeaten LEC regular seasons -- winning 25 and tying two in a span of 27 matches through Sept. 22, 2018 -- winning two outright titles and sharing a third in that span. In 2018, Eastern became the first program to capture as many as four LEC regular-season championships in a row in 18 years. The 4-1 win over visiting UMass Dartmouth that stretched the unbeaten LEC streak to 27 represented the 100th conference regular-season win in D'Ambrosio's coaching career.
In 2015, D'Ambrosio directed the Warriors to their first perfect (7-0-0) LEC regular season and in 2017 their sixth unbeaten one in 28 years of LEC regular-season play. For that, he was named LEC Coach-of-the-Year for the third time (second time in six years).
Prior to D’Ambrosio’s arrival, Eastern was 26-23 in the first ten seasons of LEC regular-season competition. Since then, the Warriors are 104-22-8 (80.6) in regular-season conference play, having lost more than one regular-season conference match only four times in the last 18 years and compiling the best regular-season winning percentage and most wins during that span of any LEC program. In the last 15 years, only one LEC program has captured as many as Eastern's four LEC playoff championships.
In the last 16 years, Eastern has advanced to the LEC tournament championship match ten times, winning four. No team has advanced to the final that often in that span. As the No. 5 seed in 2013, Eastern upset two higher-seeded teams on the road -- including top-ranked UMass Boston -- en route to reaching the title game once again.
With more than four times as many wins than any other previous coach in program history, D’Ambrosio has coached over 60 percent (61.5) of the 603 matches in history and is credited with 65.3 percent of the program's 343 wins. His overall winning percentage of .648 and 224 victories are the best and most, respectively, of all coaches in the program’s history. In mid-October of 2013, D'Ambrosio coached the 500th match in program history and with his ninth win of 2016 -- a 3-0 LEC road triumph over UMass Boston --attained his 200th victory at Eastern. He has already won more matches than any Eastern coach in the history of the men's or women's programs and his 12th match of 2016 gave him the most matches coached in men's or women's soccer history at Eastern.
Under the 2010 NSCAA New England Region and Little East Conference Coach-of-the-Year, Eastern has been listed in the New England Top Ten poll a total of 66 times, including all 10 weeks in 2010 and a program-best No. 1 for four straight weeks from mid-October through early November that season.
The 2010 season also saw the Warriors spend a program-best six weeks ranked in the national rankings, when they rose as high as No. 8, following a 15-0-3 start, on November 2 on the way to an unbeaten season through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
Into 2019, D’Ambrosio brings 39 years of coaching experience with men and women on the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. For his contributions to girls’ and women’s youth soccer in Connecticut, D’Ambrosio was inducted into the Connecticut Girls’ Soccer Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 10, 2010.
D’Ambrosio is a 1985 graduate of Saint Thomas University (FL), where he received a B.A. Degree in Sports Administration. He holds a United Soccer Coaches' Premier Diploma and a USC Director of Coaching Diploma, an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping I Diploma.
D’Ambrosio and his wife, Gina, reside in Andover with their sons Cooper – a three-year member of the Eastern men's soccer program (two-time LEC Defensive Player-of-the-Year) and Carson -- a graduate student goalkeeper at Division I Central Connecticut
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Note: In 2002, a penalty-kick loss was ruled as a loss by the NCAA. Beginning in 2003, penalty-kick wins and penalty-kick losses were ruled as ties by the NCAA.