June 19, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Nino Berticelli, a 1999 University of Notre Dame graduate, has been named to the Irish men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach it was announced by first-year head coach Chris Apple.

Berticelli is the second assistant who has been named to Apple’s staff. In March, Mike Avery was named an assistant coach following Apple’s appointment as head coach.

Berticelli, the son of the late Notre Dame men’s soccer coach Mike Berticelli, will work primarily with the Irish goalkeepers and will assist with daily team training and match preparation. In addition, he will coordinate team travel, scouting and recruiting and serve as director of the goalkeeping camp at Notre Dame.

Berticelli was a goalkeeper on the Irish men’s soccer team from 1996-98 and was a member of the ’96 squad which won the BIG EAST tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, finishing with a 14-7-2 mark.

He was a prep standout for St. Joseph High in South Bend, Ind., which won the state championship in 1992 and served as team captain in 1995. Berticelli also was actively involved with the Junior Irish Club Soccer program in the Michiana area.

Currently, Berticelli coaches a youth team with the Junior Irish boys’ soccer club and serves as the club’s goalkeeping trainer

Born April 2, 1977, Berticelli received his bachelor of arts in sociology.

“I could not be more pleased with the addition of Nino Berticelli to the men’s soccer coaching staff at the University of Notre Dame, ” Apple says. “The experience Nino gained as a Notre Dame student-athlete will certainly prove invaluable to our program. He also brings with him a wealth of expertise in the area of goalkeeping training. More than all this, though, Nino’s love, loyalty and dedication for Notre Dame and its men’s soccer program is unparalleled.”