The Virginia B. and James O. Welch, Jr. '52 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Soccer, Pieter Lehrer, has officially announced that Mike Fucito has joined the Harvard men's soccer program as an assistant coach.
"Mike doesn't really need an introduction. The program is pleased to welcome back one of its own," said Lehrer. "Mike is a distinguished alumnus of Harvard and a highly decorated former member of the men's soccer team and brings a highly personal perspective, insight, and passion to the program. As a standout Harvard soccer player who went on to play a long career as a pro in the MLS Mike is a great role model for hard work, achievement, knowledge of the game, and sheer athleticism. It's a testament to the program to have Mike come full circle first as a player and now on the coaching staff as he will play a crucial part in continuing to develop the men's soccer program at Harvard."
During Fucito's playing years at Harvard, he was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2004, team MVP tallying 9 goals and 9 assists in 2006, a two-time All-American in 2007 and 2008, a three-time All-Ivy League First Team selection in 2006, 2007, and 2008, a two-time Academic All-Ivy First Team selection in 2007 and 2008, voted co-captain in his senior year, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award as well as the recipient of the William J. Bingham Award which is given annually to the male member of the graduating class who through integrity, courage, leadership, and ability on the athletic fields has best served the high purpose of Harvard. This award is typically presented to the "Top Male Athlete." While playing at Harvard Fucito had 32 career goals and 24 career assists as a left wing and forward.
Fucito was drafted in the 4thround (46thoverall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and went on to play seven years in the MLS with the Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact, Portland Timbers, and San Jose Earthquakes. Fucito is also an excellent and avid golfer and was named the #16 ranked golfer by Golf Digest Magazine's list of Top 100 Professional Athlete Golfers in the December 2015 issue. After retiring from playing professional soccer, he joined the Harvard golf coaching staff before succumbing once again to the lure of the beautiful game.
"We are excited to have Mike on the men's soccer coaching staff and back on the Harvard soccer pitch," said Lehrer.
A native of Westford, Massachusetts, Fucito currently resides in Boston.