Soccer Camp Staff
Jay Vidovich, Head Men's Soccer Coach
Jay Vidovich, one of America’s most respected and accomplished soccer coaches, was named the third Pitt men’s soccer head coach at the University of Pittsburgh in December of 2015.
Following his first year at the helm, Vidovich led the Panthers to wins over No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Columbia and No. 21 Syracuse in the 2017 season. The win against Syracuse would be the Panthers’ first win over a ranked opponent since the 2008 season. The victory over the Orange was also the first conference win for Pitt since moving into the ACC at the start of the 2013 season, and they would add their second conference win against the Fighting Irish on Oct. 13. The Panthers would also capture victories against rivals Penn State and West Virginia throughout the season.
Vidovich also guided four players to All-ACC recognition, with Javi Perez earning Second Team honors, Pol Planellas receiving Third Team recognition and both Alexander Dexter and Edward Kizza being named to the All-Freshman Team. The postseason accolades were the team’s first in program history since joining the ACC.
Planellas would go on to become the first Pitt men’s soccer player in program history to be drafted by an MLS Club team after being selected by the Los Angeles Football Club in the second round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, becoming the 36th professional player under Vidovich’s tutelage.
Prior to making the move to Pittsburgh, Vidovich oversaw the men’s soccer program at Wake Forest for 21 seasons (1994-2014), building the Demon Deacons into a national power and winning the 2007 NCAA championship. He spent 2015 in professional soccer, coaching the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) in the United Soccer League (USL).
During his Wake Forest tenure, Vidovich compiled a 272-121-50 record and led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in 13 of his final 14 seasons. Wake Forest won five Atlantic Coast Conference titles under his watch, compiling a 76-52-22 mark in one of the nation’s most challenging leagues.
In 2007, Wake Forest went 22-2-2—the winningest season in school history—and defeated Ohio State, 2-1, in the national final to claim the program’s first NCAA title. The Demon Deacons made four consecutive appearances in the College Cup from 2006-09.
Vidovich, a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year (2007 and 2008) and five-time ACC Coach of the Year (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009), ranks among the most decorated coaches in collegiate soccer.
Vidovich was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Walt Chyzowych Award for lifetime contributions to the sport of soccer. Vidovich was an assistant under the legendary Chyzowych for eight seasons at Wake Forest from 1986-93.
Widely regarded as one of the game’s top evaluators and developers of talent, Vidovich has produced 21 All-Americans and five ACC Player of the Year honorees (three offensive and two defensive). He also coached Marcus Tracy, the first player in Wake history to win the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy, which honors the top individual player in college soccer.
Thirty-five players under Vidovich went on to play in the professional ranks from 2002-14. His Wake Forest teams also achieved academically, evidenced by two ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honorees, two Academic All-Americans, one adidas National Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one Senior CLASS Award recipient.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Vidovich was an all-state player for New Canaan High School in Connecticut. He played for Indiana University in 1978 before transferring to Ohio Wesleyan, where he was a three-year starter. As a senior, Vidovich was team captain and helped lead OWU to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
A 1982 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, he went on to earn a master’s degree in sports sciences from the University of Denver in 1983.
It was at Denver where Vidovich’s coaching career was launched as an assistant in 1982. He served in additional assistant posts at Regis College (1983) and his alma mater Ohio Wesleyan (1984-85) before joining Wake Forest’s staff in 1986.
Michael Behonick, Assistant Coach
Michael Behonick is entering his third season on the sidelines for Pitt soccer in 2018. Behonick joined the Panthers coaching staff in January of 2016 shortly after the hiring of current head coach Jay Vidovich.
Following his first year on the staff, Behonick assisted Vidovic in leading the Panthers to wins over No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Columbia and No. 21 Syracuse in the 2017 season. The win against Syracuse would be the Panthers’ first win over a ranked opponent since the 2008 season. The victory over the Orange was also the first conference win for Pitt since moving into the ACC at the start of the 2013 season, and they would add their second conference win against the Fighting Irish on Oct. 13. The Panthers would also capture victories against rivals Penn State and West Virginia throughout the season.
Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, Behonick spent the previous two years at in-state rival Penn State, while also spending five years at ACC foe Virginia.
During his tenure in Happy Valley, Behonick helped Penn State secure its first top-20 recruiting class in program history while signing all three high school All-Americans in the state of Pennsylvania that year. During his two seasons at Penn State, the Nittany Lions spent six weeks as the No. 3 team in country, while having one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country. Under the tutelage of Behonick, goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton was selected by the LA Galaxy in the MLS Superdraft.
In his five years at the University of Virginia, he helped guide the Cavaliers to five straight NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2013 NCAA College Cup. UVA also reached the ACC semifinals or better in his five years with the program. Behonick helped bring some of the best players in the country to Charlottesville during his tenure. With each recruiting class he was involved in ranked in the top 15 in the country and having the No. 2 overall recruiting class in the country three times in that stretch. The Cavaliers compiled 31 shutouts with Behonick on the sidelines, with his tutelage also helping numerous players secure professional contracts in Major League Soccer and around the world.
On top of his duties with Pittsburgh, Behonick has served as an assistant coach with US Soccer’s U16 Boys National team for multiple camps in 2017. Prior to his time with the U16 National Team, Behonick has also been an assistant coach in recent years with US U17 National Team as well as the US Paralympic National Team, helping them qualify for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio.
As a player, Behonick was a 2003 MLS Superdraft pick of DC United. Behonick went on to play professionally for 7 years as a Goalkeeper. He spent time with MLS clubs DC United and New York Red Bulls, NASL side Puerto Rico Islanders and USL side Charleston Battery, winning a USL championship with Charleston in the 2003 season. Behonick also has a number of caps internationally as a member of the Puerto Rico National Team from 2008 -2010.
Behonick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American University in 2003. During his collegiate career with the Eagles, American University made two NCAA sweet sixteen appearances and won a 2001 Patriot League title. He was the only player from the Patriot League to be drafted in the 2003 MLS Superdraft.
Rich Costanzo, Assistant Coach
Rich Costanzo is in his second season with the Pitt men’s soccer program after joining the staff in July of 2017.
In his first year on the staff, Costanzo assisted Vidovich in leading the Panthers to wins over No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Columbia and No. 21 Syracuse in the 2017 season. The win against Syracuse would be the Panthers’ first win over a ranked opponent since the 2008 season. The victory over the Orange was also the first conference win for Pitt since moving into the ACC at the start of the 2013 season, and they would add their second conference win against the Fighting Irish on Oct. 13. The Panthers would also capture victories against rivals Penn State and West Virginia throughout the season.
Costanzo returned to Pittsburgh after a successful three-year stint at Army West Point as an assistant.
Prior to joining the staff at West Point, Costanzo’s five-year professional playing career included stops with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Rochester Rhinos and the Minnesota Thunder of the United States Soccer League (USL), while his collegiate playing career featured two years at the University of Maryland as well as Penn State.
While with the Army Black Knights, Costanzo was under the guidance of head coach Russell Payne who also serves as the goalkeeper coach for the U.S. Men’s National team. Costanzo’s tenure included three consecutive trips to the Patriot League Tournament, with the team advancing to the semifinals in 2014. During those seasons, eight student-athletes garnered All-Patriot League honors.
Costanzo holds a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” Coaching License and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma. He is also a U.S. Soccer Network Scout where he evaluates U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) teams and players.
Following a successful year on the sidelines in 2015, Costanzo was selected by the NSCAA for the “30 under 30” Coaching Development Program, a year-long education and mentorship program for a selected group of up-and-coming coaches who are making soccer their career.
Before transitioning to the coaching side of the game, Costanzo started his professional playing career with the Minnesota Thunder in 2009 where he appeared in 20 games. He then spent two years with the Rochester Rhinos, assisting the team to two regular season titles in 2010 and 2011. Costanzo capped off his professional career in his home city with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, spending the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Hounds where he appeared in 43 games for the club while captaining the team in 2013.
In 2012, Costanzo founded the Pittsburgh Soccer Academy (PSA), a training organization for youth soccer players. The program, under Costanzo’s direction, offers players one-on-one training, group training, camps and clinics in the Pittsburgh area. Two years later, Costanzo was named a “13 under 30” Entrepreneur in the regional area by Pittsburgh’s Whirl Magazine for his accomplishments with PSA.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Costanzo got his start at Penn State where he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2004, while garnering Freshman All-America honors by SoccerAmerica and TopDrawerSoccer.
He then transferred to the University of Maryland in 2006 and had a notable senior year in 2008 as a team captain. That year, Costanzo helped lead the Terrapins to an ACC Championship title as well as a NCAA Division I National Championship title. At the conclusion of the banner season, Costanzo was tabbed to the College Cup Team, and received the Coaches Award from head coach Sasho Cirovski for his commitment and dedication to the team.
A product of Thomas Jefferson High School, Costanzo collected numerous honors in his four years – so many that he was inducted into the Heinz History Hall of Fame in 2012.
Costanzo is a two-time NSCAA All-American, EA Sports All-American, two-time Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year, 2004 Post-Gazette Male Athlete of the Year and was named the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania by Adidas in 2003.
He also gained youth national team experience as a member of the U18 National Team in 2004 and was a part of the Olympic Development Program from 2002-2005.
Costanzo graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in December 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business.