FTC is Proud to Introduce:
Men’s Head Soccer Coach John DiRico and
Women’s Head Soccer Coach, Matthew Tennie

Coach John DiRico in center accepting award.

Coach John DiRico in center accepting award.


Coach DiRico comes to FTC after spending 24 years at Dowling College. During his tenure there, Coach DiRico compiled an impressive 286-124-52 overall record helping to transform Dowling Men’s Soccer into an elite national title contender. The 2006 season saw Dowling Men’s Soccer win the NCAA Division II National Championship, Dowling’s first ever NCAA national title in any sport. During the decade 2001-2010 the program appeared in 6 NCAA final fours, including the 2006 National Championship as well as the 2008 National Final.

Coach DiRico has earned numerous personal accolades over his 24 seasons at the helm of the Dowling Men’s Soccer Program. He was the 2006 NSCAA Division II National Coach, the NSCAA Northeast Regional Coach of the year 3 times, and Conference Coach of the Year 9 times. He was also the recipient of the Bigapplesoccer.com college coach of the year award twice and its Person of the Year in 2006.

For his accomplishments during Dowling’s run to the National Championship in 2006 and his contributions to Long Island soccer, he was awarded the prestigious Adelphi University Woodruff Award in 2007.

Coach DiRico is a member of U.S. Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He holds a U.S. Soccer National B Coaching License and is a former member of the NCAA Regional and National rankings and selection committees.

With such impressive accomplishments, FTC is psyched to support Coach DiRico as he establishes the inaugural Sound Men’s Soccer Team! He can be reached via email at john.dirico@ftc.edu or 631-827-5676.


Coach Matthew Tennie Coach Matthew Tennie graduated from Farmingdale State College in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Business Management and a minor in Sports Management.  He played soccer at Farmingdale State College for four years and was, then, hired as an Assistant Coach for the Men’s Team for two seasons after that and, also, had the opportunity to assist with the Women’s team at Farmingdale State College. Further, He has been coaching youth soccer for nine (9) years and, currently, coaches with Brentwood NPL and South Huntington Youth Soccer Clubs.

He is an Athletic Performance Specialist and started to run a strength and conditioning business around that. He is certified as a: (1) Speed and agility specialist; (2) High School strength and conditioning specialist: (3) Youth fitness specialist; (4) Youth athletic assessment specialist; (5) Nutrition coach; and (6) Injury prevention specialist.

He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sports Management, too!

Undoubtedly, Coach Tennie will bring victories to the FTC Soccer Fields and FTC is psyched to welcome him, too! He can be reached at matthew.tennie@ftc.edu or 516-286-8281.


The FTC Sound Soccer-Men’s & Women’s-Teams are forming and they are looking for anyone interested in playing to contact them at ‪Matthew.tennie@ftc.edu for Women’s Soccer and John.dirico@ftc.edu‪ for Men’s Soccer.