FAIRFIELD, Conn - The Sacred Heart University men's soccer program has announced an 8-member signing class for the 2018 season, Head Coach Joe Barroso announced today.
Joining the Pioneers are Giuseppe Martinelli (Campobasso, Italy), Edoardo Casu (Sassari, Italy), Zander Hylyoft (Aalborg, Denmark), Seifallah Ibrahim (Cairo, Egypt), Tony Paolini (Easton, CT), Tom Santilli (Trumbull, CT), Segundo Amoros Navarro (Alicante, Spain) and Jack Pincus-Coyle (Milford, CT).
Giuseppe Martinelli | Campobasso, Italy | Defender
Club: S.S. Città di Campobasso (Serie D)
High School: I.I.S.S. Leopoldo Pilla
"From the first time I had a conversation with the coaching staff, I immediately understood the stature and reputation of Sacred Heart University. Being an international student, I really enjoyed the SHU website, its facilities, and the competence of the SHU International Admissions Team who I thank very much. I can't wait to start, to be as successful as possible with the team and grow as a person as well! I'm excited to spend my next four years at SHU."
Edoardo Casu | Sassari, Italy | Defender
Club: Torres Sassari
High School: Liceo Scientifico Guglielmo Marconi
Regional Champion with Torres Sassari U18 2016
Won Promotion to Serie D with Torres Sassari 2017
"I chose Sacred Heart University because the coaches were very available to me and gave me the opportunity to play and study at a high level. I plan on studying a pre-medical degree and SHU offers both an elite-level education and facilities. I'm very happy to come."
Zander Hyltoft | Aalborg, Denmark | Midfielder
Club: Jammerbugt F.C
Transfer: Aalborg University
High School: Tradium, Mariagerfjord
"I decided to join Sacred Heart University after my conversation with the coaching staff, I got introduced to the university and the program they offer which fits my needs and benefits perfectly. As a business student I immediately felt that Jack Welch College of Business can give me the opportunity to grow as a student. Subsequently, I'm looking forward to playing Division I college soccer and especially winning with my new teammates at SHU."
Seifallah Ibrahim | Cairo, Egypt | Midfielder
Club: Wadi Degla F.C./Talae'a El Gaish S.C. (Army Soccer Team)
High School: Cairo American College
Egyptian Youth Premier League Champions 2018 (Talae'a El Gaish)
ISST All Tournament 2016/2017/2018
AMAC All Tournament 2015/2016
Athletic Scholar Award 2017/2018
"I had many different options as an international student, but SHU stood out both academically and athletically for me. The Jack Welch College of Business offers a strong program with interesting exchange and internship opportunities. In terms of the soccer team, SHU's team was immediately attractive because of the diverse and international mix of players which is very important to me and is - I believe - an advantage in any sports team. After my phone call with the coaching staff I knew SHU was where I wanted to go and felt like I was part of the team from the start. In terms of the location, I was very nervous about leaving Egypt and living half way across the world, but Fairfield CT is so close to NYC and the campus looks amazing with so much to offer its students. I'm thrilled with my choice and can't wait to start."
Tony Paolini | Easton, CT | Midfielder
Club: CFC United ECNL
High School: Joel Barlow
ECNL State Championship Winners 2015
Third Place in the ECNL National Cup 2015
League Champion 2014/2017
All Conference First Team 2017
"I chose Sacred Heart University because of all the growth and success that is offered here. I know I will get the best 4 years from both soccer and school. I loved the help and guidance that was given to me from all the coaching staff as it has set me up to fulfill my dream of going pro and becoming a better person. I am looking forward to the next 4 years and glad to be a part of the Sacred Heart family."
Tom Santilli | Trumbull, CT | Defender
Transfer from Saint Joseph's University
Club: Beachside Soccer Club
High School: St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, CT
SJU Raymond Vasquez Award 2015
Connecticut All-State Team 2013 two-time All-FCIAC selection
Atlantic-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, Saint Joseph's University
Scholar Athlete 2015
SJU Most Outstanding Senior Entrepreneur 2018
"I chose SHU because it enables me to get a degree from an accredited institution that I have had close ties with my whole life. It also gives me the opportunity to play soccer close to home in front of my family, which is important to me. I am looking forward to this next chapter and am confident that this school and team will be the perfect fit."
Segundo Amoros Navarro | Alicante, Spain |Forward
Club: Hercules F.C.
High School: IES Mare Nostrum
National League Champions 2016, earning promotion to Division de Honor (highest U19 level in Spain).
"I chose SHU because of the so many good things that it offers and especially because of the confidence that the coaches put in me from the beginning of the recruiting process. At SHU I will have the opportunity to grow as much as possible during the next four years as a student, a student-athlete."
Jack Pincus-Coyle | Milford, CT | Goalkeeper
Club: Revolution United F.C.
High School: Jonathan Law
All Housatonic Division 2016, 2017
"I really enjoyed the conversations and meetings I had with the coaching staff. From my official visit on campus to Accepted Students day, I really felt welcome and that SHU was a place that I could call home for the next 4 years. As a Health Science major the new Center for Healthcare Education provides the best possible learning environment and exceptional facilities. I know that this is the right fit for me as a student athlete and can't wait to get started."