Nicholas Staufenberger joins the Seahawk women's soccer sidelines for his first season as an assistant coach in 2017. Staufenberger brings a rich soccer background to St. Mary's having played and coached in the competitive Mid-Atlantic and South regions.
Last season, he served as a volunteer assistant for the women's soccer program at Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) rival, University of Mary Washington. Staufenberger helped the Eagles to an 11-6-2 record and CAC Tournament semifinal appearance as well as mentoring four all-conference players.
Staufenberger spent the 2015 season at Shenandoah University as an assistant coach, leading six All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections. The Hornets finished with a 13-7-1 record and an appearance in the ODAC Tournament semifinals.
He gained club coaching experience with Roanoke Star Academy (2014) and Fredericksburg (Va.) Football Club (2016) as well as serving as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Cave Spring High School (2015) in Roanoke, Va.
Staufenberger played his college ball at Washington College (2011) and Roanoke College (2012-2014). As a midfielder, he helped Roanoke to the 2012 ODAC Tournament championship as well as ODAC regular-season titles in 2012 and 2014.
The Leonardtown, Md. native was a 2010 Maryland State Cup champion as a member of the Freestate Soccer Association with fellow coach, Sean Killion. He starred for St. Mary's Ryken High School, earning All-Maryland, All-Met, and All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors. Staufenberger was also the St. Mary's County Player of the Year.
As part of his professional development, he has served on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now United Soccer Coaches) Convention staff for three straight years, travelling to Philadelphia (2015), Baltimore (2016), and Los Angeles (2017). Staufenberger also holds NSCAA National and Advanced National Diplomas as well as NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 & 2 Diplomas.
He graduated from Roanoke in 2015 with a B.S. in sports managment.