From 2002 to 2006, Stephen Corrieri led the Susquehannock Warriors to four consecutive York-Adams division titles (three at Division I and the last at Division II), a pair of league tournament championships and an appearance in the PIAA quarterfinals in 2006.
Twice he was named the York-Adams Coach of the Year.
Wanting a challenge at a higher level, Corrieri joined head coach Mark Ludwig and his York College men's program as an assistant in 2007. Six years later, with the itch to be a head coach, Corrieri was ready to push himself again.
"Initially I wanted to be Mark's assistant," Corrieri said by phone Thursday night. "But once you've been a head coach you get a feel that ... no matter what it is, you'd like to be the one making the decisions."
McDaniel College, located in nearby Westminster, Md., announced Wednesday that Corrieri will be the next head coach for its men's soccer program in 2013.
"My wife teaches around here so I didn't really want to move," said Corrieri, who resides in Manchester Township with his wife and their two children.
"It (McDaniel) is about 45 to 50 minutes away from where I live," he said. "When I was looking around (at coaching openings), McDaniel is certainly one of them. I wasn't looking to go to Philadelphia or Washington."
Corrieri, 35, is originally from England, growing up in Carlisle and later graduating from Wolverhampton University in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2000 with a bachelor of arts in marketing management in the sports industry.
He came to the United States that year and now resides in the U.S. permanently on a green card. In addition to coaching, he also works for Heritage Hills Athletic Club as the director of soccer.
Corrieri takes over an NCAA Division III McDaniel program that went just 6-10-1 last year and hasn't had a winning season since 2005. But he's been in a similar situation before.
In his first year at Susquehannock in 2002, the Warriors finished in second place in Division I with 9-4-1 league record. It marked the most league wins for the program since 1995 (11-0).
Plus, Corrieri has been able to learn a ton the last six seasons at York College, which Ludwig has transformed into a regular Top-25 Division III program. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA tournament in all of Corrieri's six years there, winning the Capital Athletic Conference three times.
"Working with Mark Ludwig you're on a quick learning curve with the coaches and the players you're around. He brings in some of the best players in the country," Corrieri said.
"I've just been watching how he (Ludwig) has done on and off the field and been a sponge for six years."
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.