Parente and Madden '03 Named Coaches of the Year
Soccer Teams Enjoy Successful Seasons
(l)Robert Madden '03, (r)Ozzie Parente
Taft’s boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams had exceptional seasons filled with successes on and off the field. It seems fitting, then, that both coaches should earn accolades from their peers for their extraordinary achievements.
“It is with great pride that I announce that Robert Madden ’03 and Ozzie Parente received top honors for coaching our girl's and boy's soccer teams this fall,” said Co-Athletic Director Rachael Ryan in announcing the awards to the Taft community.
Madden, who is both an admissions officer and co-director of athletics at Taft, was named the Connecticut Prep School Coach of the Year. His team finished the season with a 14-2-1 record, and advanced to the NEPSAC Class A Quarterfinals.
Before returning to his alma mater, Madden was a four-year letter winner and team captain in soccer and lacrosse at Amherst College. He was 2nd-Team All-NESCAC in soccer and Academic All-NESCAC, 2006-07. Now in his eighth season as head coach of Taft girls’ soccer, Madden is a board member of the CT Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association, and a representative for Prep Schools to CT All-State, All-New England, and All-America Selection Committees.
Parente, who teaches science at Taft and is the dean of the upper mids, was named Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Prep School Class L Coach of the Year. His team finished the season with a 17-2 record, earning them the Founders League title, and making them both New England semifinalists, and Western New England Prep School Soccer Association Class A runners up. Now in his fourth season as head coach, Parente enjoyed winning seasons in first three years, compiling a record of 28-13-10 and helping the team reach the Class A New England Tournament in 2015.
Parente came to Taft after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2009, where he was a four-year letter winner and captain of the varsity soccer team. During both his junior and senior years, he earned Academic All-NESCAC honors, as well as Second Team Academic All-American honors. He was a two-time All-State player and team captain at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, and played for South Central Premier and Connecticut Olympic Development Program (ODP).
“Congratulations to both the coaches and their teams for two amazing seasons,” added Ryan. “You have made Taft proud!”
Players earning honors for their outstanding seasons include:
Boys' Varsity Soccer Girls' Varsity Soccer
Founders League Founders League
Matteo Mangiardi ’17 Riley Bragg ’17
John Nugent ’17 Kyra Thomas ’17
Jay Lavallee ’17 New England All-Star
New England Senior All-Star Paisley Eagan ’18
Miguel Ridruejo ’17 Western New England All-Stars
Michael Hennessy ’17 Kristin Manfreda ’18
Mthabisi Tshuma ’17 Emilee Adami ’19
Carter Veley ’17 CT All-State
Western New England All-Star Paisley Eagan ’18
Miguel Ridruejo ’17 Sojung Kim ’17
Mthabisi Tshuma ’17
Matteo Mangiardi ’17
Michael Hennessy ’17
Marvin Sibanda ’19