Patrick Naughter | Head Coach
Pat Naughter begins his ninth season as the head coach of the MSU women's soccer program and in his short time has re-established Montclair State as both a contender for both New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Division III Tournament berths.
Through his first eight seasons, Naughter has led the Red Hawks to a 115-31-21 record, including the three top seasons since the program’s inception in 1990. His .751 winning percentage is the best, his teams have won 95 of its last 129 games and he also has two NJAC titles, three conference regular-season crowns and a five NCAA Tournament appearances. Also during that span, Montclair has made MSU Soccer Park one of the toughest places to play as it has won 54 of its last 70 home games.
Last season the Red Hawks advanced to the NJAC Championship Game for the fourth time in six years. That trip to the title game came on the heels of a 2016 campaign in which MSU registered a 15-4-2 mark, its fifth consecutive 15-win season and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. For the fifth time in as many years, Montclair advanced to the second round defeating host Buffalo State in penalty kicks before falling to perennial national contender Messiah College.
In 2014, Montclair finished 19-2-2 and won the NJAC championship for the second time in three seasons in thrilling fashion topping The College of New Jersey in penalty kicks. The Red Hawks, who went 8-0-1 in league play, made their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament and reached the Sweet 16 for the second straight season. Ranked in the NSCAAand D3Soccer.com national polls throughout the year, MSU dominated the All-NJAC Team with seven selections including Midfielder of the Year Melissa Koster, who was later named an All-American by the NSCAA. Montclair State also had three players named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team, the most by one school, as Gina Policastro and Jessica Bonjionewere named to the First Team while Catherine Zysk was a Second-Team pick.
Four years ago, Naughter guided the Red Hawks to the most successful season in the 24-year history of the program as Montclair went 20-1-1, setting a single-season mark for victories while also establishing a new program mark for consecutive wins. MSU won its first 18 games and recorded the 10th undefeated regular season in Montclair State athletic history. In addition, the Red Hawks captured the NJAC regular-season title for a second straight year and reached the Sectional Tournament of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship for first time. MSU also reached a program-best No. 5 in the NSCAA national rankings during the year and was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III South Atlantic Regional Rankings heading into the national tournament. Montclair also spent several weeks at No. 1 in the D3Soccer.com Top 25.
Montclair, which went 9-0 in the NJAC for the first time, was one of the top teams statistically in Division III leading the nation in goals against average at 0.18 allowing just four in 22 contests while posting 19 shutouts, another program record. The Red Hawks tied William Smith for the national lead in shutout percentage at 0.864.
Naughter was named the NJAC Coach of the Year for the second straight time and he also garnered the same honor as the NSCAA Division III South Atlantic Coach of the Year. In addition, MSU placed seven players on the All-NJAC Team and produced the second NSCAA All-American in program history as Bonjione was chosen to the First Team. In addition, three MSU players – Bonjione, Alison Wacker and Policastro were named to the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America Team.
In 2012, Naughter guided the Red Hawks to a 16-2-3 campaign, the 16 victories the second-highest season total at the time which also included an 8-1 mark in the NJAC – Montclair’s best since joining the league in 1994. For just the second time in its history, MSU earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and made the most of its opportunity knocking off Richard Stockton and Kean in penalty kicks to win its first league title since 2004. The championship sent the Red Hawks to the NCAA Division III for the first time since 2006 reaching the second round.
Montclair finished the year ranked in the national polls and also excelled in the classroom earning academic honors from the NSCAA.
Naughter was named the NJAC Coach of the Year and it would be the first of many awards for MSU in 2012 as it placed seven players on the NJAC All-Conference Team while also claiming the league’s Rookie of the Year. In addition, four Red Hawks landed four players on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Team. The selection of the four doubled the number of players that MSU had named All-Region by the NSCAA prior to 2012.
Named the fifth head coach in the history of the program in July 2010, Naughter began his Montclair State coaching career on a good note guiding the Red Hawks to an 8-7-3 record which included eight teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
The following year with one of the top recruiting classes in program history, Montclair State finished 13-5-2 with the 13 wins the most since 2006 while matching the third-highest victory total in school history. The Red Hawks finished third in the NJAC at 6-2 advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament while placing six players on the All-NJAC squad. MSU also reappeared in the NCAA Regional rankings for the first time since the aforementioned 2006 campaign.
Naughter is no stranger to Montclair State having played for the Red Hawks from 1996-1999. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the men’s team.
Naughter, who has served as a coach with NJ Crush the last two years, returned to Montclair State after spending the previous 12 years as a girls’ coach on the club level. He spent five years (1998-2003) with the Wyckoff Torpedoes U-18 squad that was a semifinalist in the 1999 State Cup as well as finalists in the Virginia Tournament three times. More recently Naughterhas been a coach in the Parsippany Soccer Club U-18 and U-13 levels over the past nine years.
In addition Naughter spent three years as the head coach for the boys’ soccer team at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. He compiled a 40-12-6 record (.769 winning percentage) during his tenure and led the Highlanders to the NJSIAA North 1, Group 3 Sectional Final in 2009 in addition to capturing the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIAL) championship. Northern Highlands qualified for the Bergen County and NJSIAA State Tournaments each season under Naughter and he was selected to coach the 2008 Bergen County and the 2009 State All-Star Games.
Naughter has also worked with the New Jersey Olympic Development Program as a staff coach and was a Players Development Academy (PDA) coach for U-17 and U-11 teams.
Naughter played four seasons for the Red Hawks helping Montclair to a 43-27-10 mark as a standout out defender. MSU made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament (1996 and 1998) and was the runner up for the ECAC Metro Championship in 1997. He scored two goals during the 1998 campaign and was an integral part in a defensive unit that allowed just 13 goals during a 14-3-3 campaign.
Naughter, a Special Education teacher at both Northern Highlands and Bloomfield High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from MSU in 2002 in history and later obtained his master’s degree from New Jersey City University in 2006.
Chris Owen | Assistant Coach
Chris Owen begins his eighth season as an assistant coach and works with the Red Hawk goalkeepers, a position he is very familiar with having played four years for the MSU men’s team. Owen appeared in 58 games during his career and earned two All-NJAC honors in addition to being named to the NSCAA All-Region squad in 2005. Owen ranks in the Top eight in several career categories, including third in goals against average (0.97) and second in shutouts (21) while registering 226 saves and 33 victories from 2001-2005. Following his playing career Owen spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s team helping Montclair State to two NJAC Championships as well as two appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16 (2006, 2008) and a trip to the NCAA Elite 8 in 2007. During this same time period, Owen was active in coaching with the Wycoff Soccer Club where he worked with the Under 15 Boys as a head coach and with the Under 15 Girls as an assistant coach. He also served as the Goalkeeper Coach for the Parsippany Soccer Club. Owen, who received his BA in Justice Studies/Sociology from Montclair State University in 2006, played at Pompton Lakes High School where he holds the single-season shutout record. He was named All-Conference, All-County, and All-State with the Cardinals. Owen played his club soccer with PDA representing the club in both state and regional tournaments.
Mike Gagliano | Assistant Coach
Mike Gagliano is in his third season with the Red Hawks and brings nearly three decades of playing and coaching experience. Gagliano spent 2014 with F.C. Copa where he trained and mentored U15 and U18 squads. An All-State scholastic standout at Seton Hall Prep, Gagliano played at Long Island University and then St. Francis University (PA) excelling both academically and athletically for the Northeast Conference schools. Gagliano began his coaching career in 2007 in the Parsippany Soccer Club managing both boys and girls teams. He also has coached in various leagues throughout New Jersey including MAPS, JAGS, Region 1, Super Y-League, and NPL and has guided teams to the Super-Y League National Finals (twice) and the US Club National Finals, in addition to finals appearances in multiple tournaments such as NEWWS, EDP Cup, and MSSL. Gagliano is also active in high school soccer. He spent two seasons as the head boys’ soccer coach at Bloomfield High School leading the Bengals to a conference title in 2013. Gagliano holds a USSF D License, an NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching License, NSCAA Special Topics Diplomas in Reading the Game, Managing the Match, and Principles of Defending. Gagliano graduated from St. Francis Summa Cum Laude in 2010 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education in addition to a minor in English Literature Studies. He earned his master’s degree in principal leadership from Arizona State in May and is currently an elementary school teacher at Berkeley Elementary in Bloomfield.
Erin Sullivan | Assistant Coach