The winningest coach in Iona College men's soccer history, Fernando Barboto completed his 13th season at the helm of the Gaels' program in the fall of 2015. Since his arrival, Barboto has led the Gaels to five double-digit win seasons, and seven total winning seasons.
Barboto has mentored several professional soccer players during his time at Iona including three Major League Soccer performers: Franklin Castellanos (New York Red Bulls), Ignacio Maganto (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Victor Munoz (Sporting Kansas City).
In 2015, Iona concluded the season with a 10-7-3 overall record and a 5-3-2 finish in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Sophomore Marcos Nunez and freshman Daniel Huertas headlined the most potent offensive attack in the conference as First Team All-MAAC performers while each took home major hardware. Huertas was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year and Nunez was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Juniors Oscar Gonzalez and Jordan Scarlett were All-MAAC Second Team selections while both Huertas and Humbert Ferrer were named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
In 2014, the Barboto-led Gaels finished 9-7-3 overall and 6-3-1 in MAAC play. The Maroon & Gold dominated the end-of-season awards with six student-athletes earning All-MAAC honors. Senior Ignacio Maganto was named the 2014 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year. He led the league with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists. Senior Michael Holzer earned his second All-MAAC Team Selection. Freshman defenders Franky Martinez, Tyler Pinho & Joshua Calderon were named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team alongside forward Marcos Nunez.
Following the season Maganto became the first-ever Iona Gael to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft. He played the 2014-15 campaign with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In 2013, Iona earned an overall record of 10-6-3, its fourth double-digit win total in six seasons while finishing 7-2-1 in the league. The Gaels produced five All-MAAC selections, including 2013 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Franklin Castellanos. Castellanos, Maganto and teammate Samuel Adjei were also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-North Atlantic Region Team. The team also produced 12 MAAC All-Academic Team selections.
Facing one of the country’s toughest schedules – including five NCAA tournament participants, the Gaels finished the 2012 campaign at 7-11. The non-conference slate was highlighted by a 3-1 win over No. 25 Monmouth. The team was 5-2 in the MAAC and earned the No. 4 seed in the MAAC Championship. During the season, Barboto earned his 100th career victory in a 4-2 victory over Fairfield.
The 2011 campaign set a program record for overall wins. The 15-4-1 mark was bolstered by a 7-2 conference record and a second place finish. It was the program’s third straight top three finish. Six members of the team were named to the NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Team including first team selections Castellanos and Adjei, rookie goalkeeper Borja Barbero and forward Ansger Otto. Robbie Krohmer was represented on the second team and Maganto, a freshman, earned Third team recognition. The six selections led all NCAA Division I programs. Iona had eight players named All-MAAC, including four on the first team, three on the second team and two All-Rookie team selections. The team was ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 for five weeks, received votes in three other polls and remained in the North Atlantic Rankings all season.
In 2010, Iona was a MAAC Championship Finalist, losing a 2-1 heartbreaker vs. Saint Peter’s. The season was remarkable as a young Gael squad started at least five freshmen in each game. After graduating seniors following the 2009 campaign, Barboto and his staff brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the country and continued Iona’s success with a young team. End-of-the-year accolades were highlighted by a MAAC Rookie of the Year Victor Munoz, a first for Barboto, in addition to two other All-Rookie Team selections. Senior Mario Rios was named to the MAC Herman Watch List, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. Rios also earned Iona’s Joseph O'Connell Award, presented to Iona's most outstanding senior student-athlete. In the classroom, sophomore Alvaro Torrecilla earned Iona’s Student-Athlete of the Year honor for maintaining the highest GPA among male athletes with a 3.97.
The program reached unprecedented success in 2009, finishing the season 14-2-3. Iona earned the 2009 MAAC Regular Season Championship as Barboto was named 2009 MAAC Coach of the Year. The team’s .816 win percentage ranked No. 5 in the NCAA, No. 11 in both goals against average (0.66 goal/game) and shutout percentage (53.0%), and No. 12 in save percentage (.851).
In 2008, the Gaels finished 11-6-1, Iona’s first double-digit win season in more than a decade. The success came on the strength of an extremely potent offense. The Maroon & Gold ended the 2008 campaign as the only NCAA team to score in each game it played and finished the year No. 19 in total offense and No. 20 in shutouts.
In February 2003, Barboto became the sixth men's soccer head coach in Iona's history after serving three seasons as head coach at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. He took over a program that went winless in 20 contests in 2002. In his first season, Barboto orchestrated a five-win improvement as the Gaels finished the 2003 campaign 5-11-4. In his first five seasons, Barboto steadily increased Iona’s MAAC success, until establishing itself as one of the premier programs in the league.
At Saint Francis, Barboto led the squad to two winning seasons in the Northeast Conference, as well as producing five All-NEC players, seven All-NEC Academic student-athletes, and one professional player.
Prior to Saint Francis, Barboto was an assistant at Lafayette College and helped lead the Leopards to two straight Patriot League Championships including an NCAA Championship berth in 1998 vs. #1 ranked Clemson.
A 1994 graduate of Montclair State University, Barboto spent three seasons at his alma mater as head women's soccer coach from 1995-1998.
Barboto was a four-year letter winner (one year of medical red shirt) at Montclair State and earned NSCAA All-American honors as a senior. He went on to play professionally for six seasons with the North Jersey Imperials of the United Soccer League (USL) and captained the team in 1999 under head coach Sean Kenny.
Barboto received a B.A. in Marketing and Consumer Affairs from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ. He holds a USSF "A" license and NSCAA Premier License for soccer coaching. He and his wife, Betina, reside in Haledon, NJ with their two sons Maximus, 12, and Tristan, 8, and daughter Valentina, 6.
|Alma Mater:||Montclair State|
|Major:||Marketing and Consumer Affairs|