Joe Mingachos
Head Coach
15th Season
 
 

Joe Mingachos begins his 15th season at the helm of one of the most successful women's soccer programs in the region and the nation. He has very impressive overall and Little East Conference coaching marks. Overall, he is 230-57-21 and hold an 80-10-8 record in the league and has won seven LEC Championships.

A year ago, he guided the Colonials to a 15-5-1 record, went 6-1 in the LEC and captured the league tournament title with back-to-back 1-0 victories over Keene State College in the semifinals and upstart UMass Boston in the title match. The LEC crown came with an automatic berth into the programs' nine NCAA Division III Tournament. WestConn dropped a hard-fought battle to 25th ranked University of Rochester in the opening round at Oneonta State College.

The legendary coach won his 200th game when the Colonials defeated Western New England College, 4-0 on October 23, 2008. He and WestConn finished with a 15-4-3 overall record that season and captured their eighth Little East Conference title and appeared in their eighth NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the fourth straight season.

In 2009, WestConn recorded its 13th straight .500 or better campaign (10-10-1) while under the guidance of Mingachos. The Colonials have won 15 or more games 12 times in his 14 years.

He led the WestConn women's soccer program to new heights in 2007. After being named Little East Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight fall, he and the Colonials captured the LEC Tournament title then won four games in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Mingachos' historic run included its first NCAA Regional Championship and the program's first appearance in the national semifinals. WestConn's Cinderella ride ended in the NCAA Division III Final Four with a 3-0 loss to eventual national champion Wheaton College of Illinois.

The Colonials finished the 2007 campaign ranked fourth, the highest ever ranking, in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

He was named the new Women's Soccer Coach and Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation and Club Sports at Western Connecticut State University in July of 1997. In 2006, he relinquished his duties as Assistant AD and became the school's full-time head coach.

Mingachos, a first-ballot WCSU Hall of Fame inductee in 1999, has an impressive .806 winning percentage which is tops among all active coaches at WestConn. At the start of the 2003 season, his winning percentage was ranked fourth among all Division III active women's soccer coaches. He captured his 100th win, a 1-0 overtime victory over Stevens Tech on October 31, 2002, in only his 124th game. In the season opener last year, he won his 150th game.

Three years ago, WestConn returned to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round for the second straight campaign. It blanked Western New England College, 2-0 in the NCAA First Round before falling to Middlebury College, 3-2 in the second round at The WAC. The Colonials tied a school record with 20 wins (20-2-1) and were ranked as high as #3 in the NSCAA Division III National Rankings in 2006.
Mingachos was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America New England Coach of the Year and Little East Conference Coach of the Year a year ago.

In 2005, It earned an at-large bid to the "Big Show" after finishing in second place in the Little East Conference. The Colonials went 15-3-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the highly competitive Little East Conference.

In 2004, he led the Colonials to a 18-5-2 overall record and their seventh post-season tournament, and went on to win the ECAC New England Championship.

In 2003, the Colonials finished 13-6-4 and their sixth post-season tournament, the ECACs, in seven years as head coach.

A year earlier, Mingachos won 17 games but unfortunately missed the post season, the only time in his tenure.

In 2001, WestConn won a program-record 20 games. Mingachos led the Colonials to a 20-3 overall record, their fifth Little East Conference title and to the finals of the NCAA Division III New England Regionals.
Western Connecticut finished ranked 12th in the final 2001 National Soccer Coaches Association of American Coaches Poll.

In 2000, Mingachos guided Western to a 17-4-1 overall record and its fourth-straight post-season appearance. The Colonials captured their fourth Little East Conference crown, were invited to their third NCAA Tournament over the past four seasons and advanced to the second round for the first time in school history.

In 1999, he led his Colonials to a 17-1-2 overall mark and their third-straight post-season tournament. The Colonials appeared in their second NCAA Tournament and were ranked as high as sixth in the country nationally midway through the season.

In 1998, Western Connecticut was ranked number one for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Region Tournament.

In his first season at the helm, the Colonials registered the program's best record at 17-3-1, won their first-ever Little East Conference Championship, were ranked as high as fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Women's Soccer Poll. They were ranked first in the Metro Region nearly every week and made their first-ever NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championships appearance.

He was named NSCAA Metro Region Coach of the Year in 1997.

Prior to being named Head Women's Coach, Mingachos had been the Head Assistant Men's Soccer Coach under Wayne Mones for six seasons from 1991 to 1996. He also coached the Danbury Girl's Premier U-16 Team in 1995 and 1996. Mingachos has been the Director of the Mentoring Program for the Danbury Police Athletic League and the Southwest District Premier Training Director in 1996 and 1997.

Mingachos was an All-American sweeper for Western Connecticut during his senior soccer campaign in 1989. That season, the Colonials finished with a 16-4-2 record and made their first of five-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his collegiate career, he was named to the All New England, All New England Intercollegiate Soccer League, and All Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All Star teams.

In 1995, Mingachos, a Danbury, CT native, played professionally for the Connecticut Wolves.

He and his wife Maria have a son Ryan and daughter Kayla and reside in Danbury.

Mingachos over the Years:

YEAR

W-L-T

LEC

Tournament Appearances

 

1997

17-3-1

 

NCAA Tournament

 

1998

15-4-2

 

ECAC Tournament

 

1999

17-1-2

7-0

NCAA Tournament

 

2000

17-4-1

6-0-1

NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round

 

2001

20-3

7-0

NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round

 

2002

17-4

5-2

 

 

2003

13-6-4

4-1-2

ECAC Tournament

 

2004

18-5-2

4-2-1

ECAC New England Champions

 

2005

15-3-2

5-0-2

NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round

 

2006

20-2-1

7-0

NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round

 

2007

21-3-1

6-1

NCAA Tournament, Final Four

 

2008

15-4-3

6-0-1

NCAA Tournament, 2nd Round

 

2009

10-10-1

4-2-1

 

 

2010

15-5-1

6-1

NCAA Tournament, 1st Round

 

 

230-57-21

67-9-8