Matt Tantalo, GM/Head Coach:  Matt Tantalo will serve as General Manager and Head Coach for Syracuse FC in it's inaugural 2017 season. Tantalo, who served as Head Coach of current conference rival NPSL Rochester River Dogz FC (now Rochester Lancers) in 2016 comes to Syracuse with 20 years of college coaching experience in the NCAA holding the following positions; Assistant Men's Soccer Coach- Nazareth College (1998-2000), Head Men's Soccer Coach- Elmira College (2001-2003), Assistant Men's Soccer Coach- Syracuse University (2004), Head Men's Soccer Coach- Keuka College (2005-2015), and in current role as Head Men's Soccer Coach at Nazareth College (2016-). A former collegiate,  PDL and USL Pro League player, Tantalo holds an NSCAA National Diploma, USSF National "B" License, and a Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine. 



Corey Fonseca, Assistant Coach: Corey Fonseca has coached at the collegiate level for over seven years, most recently as head coach at Onondaga Community College. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland. Fonseca holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.


Darek Panol, Assistant Coach: Darek Panol has coached at the collegiate level for 16 years. He served as head coach most recently at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and prior to that at Utica College. As a player he earned Big East honors with NCAA D1 Syracuse University and went on to play professionally. Panol holds a USSF “A” license.


Dan Ramin, Assistant Coach: Dan Ramin is currently the Coordinator of Athletics and head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer programs at SUNY-ESF. A former collegiate player, Ramin has over 15 years of coaching experience that includes Cayuga Community College, Cazenovia College and the New York State West Olympic Development program. He holds a NSCAA National Diploma.


Bob Friske, Syracuse FC Team Administration Director: ​ Friske has been a collegiate head coach for 22 years, most recently for the Oswego State Lakers. During his career he garnered 10 conference tournament appearances within 11 years and won five conference championships within six years. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National license.



​Dr. Paul Klawitter, Team Physician: Klawitter is an emergency medicine physician with certification in sports medicine. He completed his ER residency at Upstate in Syracuse, received his PhD from Ohio State, and completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at SUNY Buffalo. He was team physician for Cornell Men’s Soccer for five years.



Chris Ross, Team Physical Therapist: Ross specializes in back and sport rehabilitation with Upstate University Hospital, rehabilitation providers for Syracuse FC. He is a graduate of Daemen College School of Physical Therapy and has been in practice for 25 years. Ross is the assistant boys varsity soccer coach at Baldwinsville HS. 



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